40 year truck driver demonstrates safe driving

Friday ABC 4 Utah went behind the wheel of a big rig to learn how a trucker is supposed to safely drive.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4) - Big rig drivers are gearing up for a trucking championship this Saturday at the Utah State Fair Grounds.

The competition comes two days after a semi crashed in Parleys Canyon when the driver became distracted and veered off the road.

Friday ABC 4 Utah went behind the wheel of a big rig to learn how a trucker is supposed to safely drive.

Ken Harwood the safety standards manager at C.R. England checks all his safety systems of the truck including his mirrors, adjusting his seat, and checking the gauges. Harwood says semi's have five mirrors and checking all of them is one of the most important steps to driving safely, but even still truckers have large blind spots.

Harwood says it takes several hundred feet to stop a fully loaded big rig and the best thing to do is stay away or get behind, as for aggressive drivers he says “If someone thinks they've been cut off by a driver that's unsafe get the name of the company get the number of the truck or the trailer, and report it.”

Bottom line, Harwood says drivers and big rig drivers need to be courteous and pay attention to avoid accidents that could potentially kill someone.

To catch the pros in action the truck driving competition is taking place Saturday at 9 in the morning at the Utah State Fair Grounds where nearly 200 drivers will compete.

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