ATA reminds drivers to stay distracted free behind the wheel
According to AAA, an estimated 43 million Americans will drive more than 50 miles from their home creating more congestion on the highway and will increase the possibility of a crash. “June is National Safety Month, but just because the month is ending, doesn’t mean safety can be ignored,” said America’s Road Team Captain David Green who is a professional driver at Werner Enterprises. Make sure you are doing trip planning and pre-trip inspections to help avoid any unsafe situations.
The ATA shared some helpful reminders for both passenger and commercial vehicles as they navigate the roads the 4th of July weekend.
Buckle Up: Seat belts save lives. Day or night and even if you're riding in the back seat – wear your seat belt.
Slow Down: Chances of a crash nearly triples when driving faster than surrounding traffic. The spring and summer are periods when work zones are busiest. It is important to reduce speeds when traveling through those areas.
Do not drive impaired: There is a lot to celebrate this time of year, with graduations, weddings and holidays seemingly every weekend. With that said, driving is a great responsibility and your fellow travelers are relying on safe, attentive drivers to respectfully share the road and make good decisions.
Be aware of truck blind spots: 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.
Keep 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.
Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance before you leave your home can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won't be anxious 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.