Many interstate or on the road (OTR) truck drivers are compensated by their operators on the basis of the total amount of miles they are able to include during their hours of work. This means that, to get more pay, drivers should make an effort to rack up as many miles as they could, even to the idea of breaking national rules on hours of service and work even if fatigued, for there’s money only when their truck’s wheels are going.
This “pay-by-the-mile” guideline, initially called “Piecework” pay, is truly a style of eliminating all surplus labor; it ended up being a practice used in a variety of factory-type jobs in the US, like coal-mining, the textile apparel industry and steel mining until the 1929 Great Depression. Astonishingly, the transportation industry chose to hold on to this practice.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the United States government’s vehicle security bureau, is intending to run a study to see whether this payment approach leads truck drivers to come up with dangerous driving habits, break guidelines, and result in deadly crashes.
An 18-wheeler or a big rig, is about 70 feet long and weighs about 80,000 lbs. – that’s around 20-30 times heavier than passenger cars. It also demands top quality and heavy-duty tires, and 20% -40% more road-surface to be able to brake. Using its size and weight, it can readily demolish smaller cars along its path if its breaks fail to work.
Besides the truck’s already endangering size as well as weight, its length also makes it impossible for the driver to find and begin to see the presence of smaller vehicles driving along its “no-zone” or blind-spot regions. These “no-zone” regions make reference to places around a truck where accidents most likely happen because (smaller) vehicles are not visible to the truck driver. These areas include:
- A truck’s front area, where a smaller automobile, if its driver unexpectedly makes a sudden stop or suddenly slows down, can be rear-ended or crasehd by a truck
- A truck’s rear area, where the mistake is made by smaller automobiles who tailgate the truck
- A truck’s sides (especially the right or passenger side), where smaller vehicles may easily be crushed if a truck changes lane or makes a right turn.
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