Have you ever noticed that cars tend to form packs on the highway? There is usually not an equal distance between all of the vehicles. Even though they’re not traveling together, drivers will group up and cluster together.
A lot of this just has to do with speed. Drivers who want to go a similar speed may group up naturally, passing slower packs. Some drivers even do this intentionally, especially if they want to speed, thinking that being in a pack lowers the odds of getting a ticket.
Not only do truck drivers need to avoid speeding at all times, they also want to avoid packs on fast-moving roads when driving in the winter. They should not group up with other trucks, and they should especially avoid driving in packs with smaller passenger cars.
The issue is that winter roads are often slick, even when they look clear of snow and ice. This can increase stopping distances and make it harder for truck drivers to react to changes in the traffic around them. The best way to protect other drivers is to put as much distance as possible between the trucks and those cars.
Doing so means keeping a significant following distance at all times, and driving in a pack makes that impossible. Trucks are much better off on their own, reducing the odds of a crash.
Of course, there is no guarantee that truck drivers will keep proper following distances, especially when they’re trying to rush to make a delivery. If you get injured in an accident that one of these drivers causes, make sure you know what legal steps you can take.