Truck Drivers Offer Safety Tips For Holiday Travel

              Truck Drivers Offer Safety Tips For Holiday Travel

PR Newswire

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 16, 2012

ARLINGTON, Va., Dec. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Over 84.4 million motorists are
expected to travel over 50 miles or more during the year-end holiday.
American Trucking Associations want to ensure those motorists arrive at their
destinations safely.


A group of elite professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free
miles are offering advice on how to navigate through highway traffic and how
to share the road with other motorists. Tips include:

  oPrepare you vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and
    fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance
    can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the
    road before you leave your home.
  oPlan ahead: Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and
    number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making
    unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
  oDo not cut in front of large trucks: Remember that trucks are heavier and
    take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of
  oBe aware of truck blindspots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be
    aware of their blind spots. If you can't see the truck driver in his or
    her mirrors, then the truck driver can't see you.
  oCheck your emergency kit: Contents should include: battery powered radio,
    flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit,
    bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
  oBe aware of changes in weather: Weather conditions across the U.S. will be
    changing - especially during early mornings and evenings with the cold.
    Watch for ice, snow and other weather related obstacles.
  oKeep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of
    traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the
    chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text
    while driving.
  oLeave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won't be anxious about
    arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to
    inclement weather or traffic congestion.
  oAvoid extreme weather conditions: Ice, hail and snow make roads difficult
    to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and
    travel during daylight.
  oRemove ice and snow from your vehicle: Clear your windows and roof of
    snow to insure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for
    the vehicle behind you. Don't allow ice and snow to create additional
    blindspots on your vehicle.
  oBe aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and
    the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your
    windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.
  oPack your vehicle smart: With luggage, sports equipment and presents be
    sure to pack your vehicle so that you can see out of all of your windows
    and mirrors.
  oSlow Down: With the extra highway congestion due to Holiday travel,
    speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of a space cushion and
    reduce your speed.
  oBuckle up: Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and
    are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.

"The holidays are a challenging time on the highways," said Share the Road
Professional Driver Dion Saiz (FedEx Freight). "Between motorists visiting
families or finishing up last minute shopping there is nothing better than
patience and safe driving practices behind the wheel," he added.

"Always buckle up," said Share the Road Professional Driver Dennis Martin (UPS
Freight). "Weather can also be a factor during this time of year so check
weather conditions before you get in your vehicle," Martin added.

The Share the Road Professional Drivers would like to remind the motoring
public that from driveway to highway, safety requires patience and dedication.

*Editors: Share the Road Professional Drivers in your area are available to
speak about Holiday and winter safe driving tips during the holiday season.

Share the Road is a highway safety outreach program of the American Trucking
Associations that educates all drivers about sharing the roads safely with
large trucks. An elite team of professional truck drivers with millions of
accident-free miles deliver life-saving messages to millions of motorists
annually. The safety program is sponsored by Mack Trucks, Inc. and Michelin
North America, Inc. Follow the Share the Road on Twitter and Facebook.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for
the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50 affiliated state trucking
associations and industry-related conferences and councils, ATA is the voice
of the industry America depends on most to move our nation's freight.

SOURCE American Trucking Associations

Contact: Elisabeth Barna of American Trucking Associations, +1-202-420-8972,
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