SUAMICO, Wis. (WBAY) — A video taken Tuesday night on Hwy. 41 in Suamico shows a scary situation for drivers.
It shows something known as a brake-check between an SUV and a large truck. It’s upsetting many who watch it.
It shows the truck pulling in front of the SUV. Then seconds later, the SUV pulls back in front of the truck, causing the truck to slam on its brakes.
The video was posted on Facebook and received plenty of comments.
Action 2 News showed the video to a driving instructor at Fox Valley Technical College to get his reaction.
“Oh my gosh,” said John Mueller, who teaches at the college. “That’s life and death right there.”
Mueller said many people don’t think about how dangerous pulling in front of a truck is.
“You’ve really got to think about what it takes to stop a vehicle of that size,” he said. “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,” Mueller 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,” said Sgt. Luke Newman of the Wisconsin State Patrol.
Truck driving instructors said they have to train drivers to compensate for others’ actions.
They said 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.
“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,” said Mueller.
The State Patrol said they are able to issue traffic citations for actions like the one in the video.