Though our headline/title may seem a like a very bad joke, we’re deadly serious. Motorists who drive too fast, tailgate or drive “distracted” behind large tractor-trailer rigs are putting themselves in harm’s way — they could become decapitated if they crash into the rear corner of a trailer at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety conducts many different kinds of crash testing. Recently (this March) they conducted crash testing of many different brands of trailers to see the effects on a 2010 Chevy Malibu and its crash-test-dummy occupants. Only one brand of trailer saved the dummies in all three types of testing scenarios. This was accomplished by using a different approach to the manufacturing of the under-ride guard.
Since most motorists won’t be able to pick and choose which type of trailer they crash into, they need to give tractor-trailer rigs a wide berth on the highway — stay out of their “no-zone” or blind areas, especially the area immediately behind the trailer.
To better illustrate the seriousness of the situation, please take a moment to watch this informative video from IIHS.