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Truck Drivers Offer Safety Tips for Holiday Travel

truck-drivers-tips-for-holiday-drivingAccording to PRNewsWire, more than 84.4 million motorists are expected to travel at least 50 miles or more during the 2012 end-of-year holiday season.  America's Road Team –  the American Trucking Associations’ premier group of professional truck drivers, all with millions of accident-free miles want to ensure advice on how to navigate through highway traffic and how to share the road with other motorists. The ultimate goal  of the ATA’s Share The Road Program is to assure that everyone arrives safely at their destinations.

A group of elite professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles are offering common sense advice for motorists.

Common Sense Advice for Motorists

  • Prepare you vehicle for long distance travel to avoid becoming stranded at the roadside.
  • Plan your route in advance to avoid sudden lane changes at the last moment – a cause for highway accidents.
  • Do not cut in front of large trucks. They take longer to stop because of their size and weight.
  • Be aware of a large truck’s blindspots:  If you can't see the driver in his mirrors, then he can't see you.
  • Take along a travel emergency kit including battery powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire repair kit and flares.
  • Be mindful of weather changes during cold weather – especially in the early mornings and evenings.
  • Avoid distractions while driving – from cell phones to GPS devices and avoid eating, drinking and interaction with passengers.
  • Allow plenty of time for your trip and anticipate delays and road condition changes
  • Try to avoid Ice, hail and snow. If you must drive in poor weather travel during daylight.
  • Completely remove ice and snow from your vehicle for maximum visibility and to avoid blind spots.
  • Leave extra driving space between you and the vehicle in front to avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield.
  • Pay attention to your visibility as you pack your vehicle. Don’t allow luggage and other items to obstruct.
  • Be patient and avoid speeding: Reduce your speed and allow extra stopping distance during highway congestion.
  • Assure that driver and all passengers use safety belts.  Their use reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent.

Check Your Insurance Coverage Before Your Trip

Check with your insurance agent to be sure that you have all the necessary auto insurance coverage in effect before your trip, and have your insurance card handy before you take to the road.

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