Nearly Everybody knows the Steering Trailers from the Heavy Cargo DLC/Special Transport DLC. Off Course, These Trailers are a bit more Difficult to Drive than "normal" Trailers
In this Guide, i want to give a short Overview about the common Accident Risks and how to Avoid them.
- Those Trailers are Large and Heavy. There a Many Blindspots.
- You have a Longer Branking Distance Because of the sheer mass of the Trailer.
- Roadside Obstacles and Oncoming Traffic. Some Cargo is wider than the trailer.
- The back end cuts out and could Hit Oncoming Traffic while the Inner side of the Trailer Could hit Signs/Traffic Light at Intersections.
- A Defensive Driving Technique should be Used when Handling Oversized/Heavy Loads
- Trailers like These aren´t Designed to go Fast. 80 kph/50 mph is enough.
- Some Trailers exceed the weight of 60 Tonnes. Expect massive deceleration when going Uphill.
- You have a extended stopping distance because of the weight.
- Overtaking is very Dangerous and should definitely be avoided.
- Try to Allign the Center of The Trailer with the Center of the Lane you are Driving On
When you do that, you make sure that you dont get out of your lane.
- Take wide Turns
Pay attention to oncoming traffic or signs/traffic lights. At the same time you have to be careful that you do not touch anything with the side facing the roadside
If oncoming Traffic allows this, use the Opposite Lane to Turn. If not, then Start the Turn when reaching The Center of the Lane (marked Yellow in the Picture Below) you are about to enter.
When in Doubt: wait untill Traffic has cleared the Intersection!
- Take extra Care in Narrow Spots
Don´t speed trough Toll-Booths or Construction sites. Take your Time and be shure that the center of the Trailer is Aligned with the Center of the Lane you´re Driving on.
In some Construction Sites, it can be Practical to block both Lanes (shown in the Picture Below). So you have enough Distance to the Barriers and, if you accidentally swerve, you do not hit any vehicles that are trying to overtake you.
(Before you do that, Check that there is no Fast Traffic behind you and No Vehicle next to you.)
Especially difficult to drive are some highway exits. Because of their design, they are sometimes extremely tight.
When entering a highway on this Particular Layout, Do NOT use the Turn-Only Lane. Proceed slowly on the Straight Lane untill you reach the Center of the Lane you are about to Enter (marked Yellow).
Approach as far as possible the guardrail:
- If you want to go to the Left, approach the left Guardrail.
- If you want to go to the Right, approach the right Guardrail.
Proceed untill you reach the Center of the Rear Lane (marked yellow), then start the Turn in the desired Direction.
If you follow these simple tips, nothing should go wrong
Please be aware that these are my experiences. It takes a lot of practice, Experience and regular training to master these Trailers. Sooner or later, you will develop your own technique to handle these Loads.
This Guide is about Basic Knowledge when working with Steering Trailers. In other situations, other techniques may be more helpful.
What should I do when I meet an Oversized Vehicle?:
- A Defensive Driving Technique should be Used when meeting Oversized/Heavy Loads.
- Drive as far as possible on the roadside.
- When neccesary, sop your Vehicle before Obstacles, such as Tunnels, Construction Sites and Guardrails.
- On small Country-Roads or Two-Lane-Roads, Do not overtake either the escort vehicles nor the truck itself.
- Remember that the Back-end Cuts out and could Hit you.