WISCONSIN (CNN) – A video taken on a Wisconsin highway shows a driver engaging in dangerous behavior. It’s called a “brake check” and it can trigger deadly accidents.
The video was posted on Facebook and received plenty of comments. So we took it to a driving instructor at fox valley technical college to get his reaction.
John Mueller, a driving instructor said, “oh my gosh. That’s life and death right there.
Mueller said many people don’t think about how dangerous pulling in front of a truck is.
Mueller said. “You’ve really got to think about what it takes to stop a vehicle of that size. How many feet per second you’re really traveling at 60 mph, which is about 90 feet every second.”
Mueller said wet or snow-covered roads make the situation worse and said brake-checks and other dangerous maneuvers are happening more often.
“I realize they may be slower or they may be heavier, but unfortunately it happens a lot due to distractions. People are in a hurry. It’s a daily occurrence” said Mueller
Sgt. Luke Newman, of the Wisconsin State Patrol said, “People realize they get frustrated. There’s a little bit of road rage going on. They think I’m going to show this guy and hit their brakes in front of them. That is a very bad idea.”
Truck driving instructors said they have to train drivers to compensate for others’ actions. They say it’s not just a matter of the safety of the truck driver and the driver who cut them off, but all other cars around them.
Mueller said, “When a truck goes into a jackknife, the trailer will come around the cab of the tractor and obviously will take up a huge amount of space. It will go into multiple lanes and eventually off of the road so there will be no space for others.”
Officials with the Wisconsin State Patrol say drivers will be cited if they are caught “brake checking” another driver.