Professional Truck Drivers Encourage Labor Day Travelers to Focus on Safety
Arlington, Va. – Today, American Trucking Associations and ATA’s Share the Road highway safety program are launching the Share the Road Instructional Video to demonstrate safe-driving techniques ahead of a busy Labor Day weekend.
“With one of the biggest travel weekends of the year coming up, professional truck drivers throughout the country are hoping that all motorists make safe-driving a priority,” said Share the Road professional truck driver Allen Boyd, of Walmart Transportation. “This video walks viewers through some of the most important elements of safety and explains how drivers can safely navigate around large trucks.”
Share the Road’s new instructional video addresses the 21st century’s most prevalent dangerous driving habit – distracted driving – and explains the various ways that drivers may become distracted while driving. According to Share the Road professional truck drivers, eating, drinking or watching videos are activities that can be just as hazardous as texting and are done by motorists of all ages.
“This video will be shown in schools and drivers’ education classes throughout the country. It’s one of the tools that ATA and ATA’s Share the Road program are using to save lives,” said ATA COO and Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Elisabeth Barna. “The most highly-trained professionals on the road, truck drivers, have a lot of knowledge and experience with safety and they are all willing to share that advice if it means an accident can be prevented.”
The primary focus of Share the Road’s highway safety campaign is to share information about blind spots. The Share the Road Instructional Video takes viewers through each of the four truck blind spots, explaining what a truck driver can and cannot see from the cab of his or her truck. Incorporating seamless motion graphics and high-definition footage from various angles, the video aims to appeal to a younger, more technologically savvy audience; equipping future generations of drivers with strong safe-driving practices.
“Making our nation’s roads safer through targeted highway safety information is the reason Share the Road exists,” said John Walsh, vice president of global marketing and brand management for Mack Trucks. “We at Mack want every student in the U.S. to have the chance to see this video, and learn from it. If it helps save even one life, it will have done its job.”
The full Share the Road Instructional Video is available online. Tips from the video, provided by Share the Road professional truck drivers include:
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