When driving one should never be too relaxed – and that goes double if you’re driving, say, an 18-wheeler.
These trucks are extremely heavy even when they don’t carry any load, so the driver is required to be very careful what’s going on ahead. Sure, highway driving can be boring, but you can never drop your guard, or else you put yourself, and others, at risk.
Unfortunately, not all drivers are aware of what a moment of distraction can cause and the following video is a good example. The dashcam fitted to an 18-wheeler shows it driving on Interstate 495 West, also known as the Long Island Expressway.
Right from the start, we see the driver not maintaining a safe distance from a passenger car ahead, but after that vehicle was gone everything seemed to be okay. Until the truck enters a tunnel and, for an instant, we can see his reflection on the windshield. As his hands rest on top of the steering wheel, he seems to be holding something, possibly a cellphone, though, we can’t be sure.
In any case, seconds later he got taken by surprise when another 18-wheeler suddenly braked to a halt in front of him. He didn’t realize he was on a collision course until it was way too late and stomping on the brakes did nothing to prevent the collision.
At the exact moment of the impact, what appears to be a mobile phone (or at least something similar in size) smashed against the windshield — if you press pause, you’ll catch it. We just hope that he, and anyone else involved in this incident, is okay.