Class A Truck stop for American Truck Drivers & Owner Operators
Jackknife - How to prevent it?
Causes of Jackknife:
- Ice on Curve
- Over Acceleration
- Over braking
- Over turning too sharp
- Unbalanced air brake timing
- Load shifting or a poorly balanced load
- Driver panic or slow reaction time
- Driving too fast for conditions
- Tire conditions
- Use of hand valve
- Windy conditions
- Downshifting on slippery surfaces
- Improper use of Jake brake or misuse of Jake brake
How to avoid a Jackknife ?
- Plan routes
- During pre-trips make sure ALL brakes are adjusted properly
- Don't drive when fatigued
- Never use the hand valve
- Watch your mirrors when slowing or stopping
- Don't use the Jake brake, except on dry roads
- Be aware of changing weather and road conditions
- Avoid over acceleration, drive smoothly
- Brake before a turn, not during the turn.
- Go easy on the service brake when slowing down
- Steer smoothly
- Get off the throttle or the brake.
- Push the clutch in.