Pro Tips: American Truck Simulator

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There are a lot of dangers out there on the road and a lot of things to keep in mind if you’re going to carry cargo across state lines in the United States of America. I mean, they don’t force drivers to take CDL tests for nothing! 

So, being the helpful guy I am, I’ve decided to lay out some very important tips and tricks for anyone looking to perform well in American Truck Simulator.

  • Always remember to use your blinker 100 feet before turning.
  • When driving down a steep downgrade hill, you should shift into a lower gear than one you would use to go up the same grade.
  • You can avoid highway hypnosis by not focusing on a single object for more than two seconds.
  • Remember to turn off your high beams when you are within 500 feet of another vehicle.
  • Good drivers, according to the California manual, look ahead 12 to 15 seconds. This could be up to a quarter mile at highway speeds!
  • On wet roads, reduce speed by one-third. Because we all know how much it rains in California.
  • When backing up, turn the steering wheel in the opposite direction you want to move. 
  • To go along with that, always back in as straight as possible. Correct the wheel as soon as drift starts to occur. Pull forward to make corrections when needed.
  • Stopping distance = perception distance + reaction distance + braking distance.
  • When well below the speed limit on a highway, turn on your hazard lights to warn vehicles behind you.

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