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Avoiding a Jackknife

Sep 4th, 2015 | By | Category: Tow Tip

Avoiding a JackknifeHow do you avoid jackknifing your truck?

Keep a safe distance from other vehicles on the road (especially in wet or slippery conditions.)

Avoid decelerating at turns or bends. You should attempt to brake in a straight line prior to the turn. Speed can be increased after the turn is completed.

Spreading braking over the longest distance possible.

Avoid braking and swerving during evasive actions. If possible, you should brake first, release the brakes, swerve and then reapply the brakes.

When your truck is skidding, you should release the brakes and steer into the skid before the skid causes the truck to jackknife.

See more anti-jackknifing tips in Patrick Gratzianna’s Safety Meeting column in the Tow Times September issue.