Holiday Driving Tips

It’s go time Road Warriors! You don’t need us to tell you that we have entered the abyss of holiday traffic.  We know that with the increased traffic, your job just got a whole lot more stressful, and your head looks like a radar dish, consistently scanning everywhere and everything. Little do those people in front of and behind you realize that you’re the reason that they got everything they needed for the celebration of family and Thanksgiving.

We know you're all Professional Drivers and always make safety a top priority, however, even a quick refresher is what keeps us consistently sharp and on edge. With that in mind, the American Trucking Association, (ATA) has reminded drivers of a few tips.

More than 48 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving weekend, per AAA, making it one of the most heavily traveled weeks of the year. Added traffic volume can contribute to more risky driving conditions, and motorists should be fully prepared for congestion and reduced speeds. Share the Road recently released the Share the Road Instructional Video to spread truck safety messages to the millions of motorists who will be driving alongside large trucks this week. The video, featuring professional truck drivers, gives an 8-minute recap of critical safe-driving habits and has already been viewed by thousands of motorists – including truck drivers and the general motoring public.

“The professional truck drivers in the Share the Road Instructional Video are highly-trained drivers who have accrued millions of accident-free miles. Based on overwhelming industry feedback, it’s evident to ATA that this video is already saving lives and we want to get the Share the Road message out to as many people as possible,” said ATA COO and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs, Elisabeth Barna. “Taking a few minutes to refresh your memory on important driving skills or sharing this video with a friend or colleague can make a major impact on safety this week.”

Share the Road professional drivers recommend these safety tips to drivers:

·         Buckle Up: A seat belt will not prevent a collision, but it will save a life.

·         Remove ice and snow from your vehicle:  Clear your windows and roof of snow to ensure you have maximum visibility and avoid creating a hazard for the vehicle behind you. Don’t allow ice and snow to create additional blind spots on your vehicle.

·         Slow Down: Chances of a crash nearly triples when driving faster than surrounding traffic.

·         Do not drive impaired: Driving is a great responsibility and your fellow travelers are relying on safe, attentive drivers to respectfully share the road and make good decisions.

·         Keep your eyes on the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents and one of the leading causes of death amongst teenagers. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.

·         Prepare yourself for long distance travel: The vehicle needs maintenance and the driver needs plenty of rest and hydration to function at his or her best. If the turkey is making you feel drowsy, pull over and wait until you are more alert.

·         Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early to reduce anxiety about arriving late. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.

·         Be aware of the vehicle in front of you: Leave extra room between you and the vehicle ahead. 

We all need to be extra careful and kind to one another on the road. wishes you all safe travels and a happy holiday!