America’s Road Team Captains with millions of safe driving miles offer these safety tips to remind motorists about key elements of safe driving, especially relating to operating small passenger vehicles near large tractor-trailers.
Buckle Up: Independence Day is a time of high congestion on the highways and wearing your safety belt saves lives. Remember to buckle up at all times.
Slow Down: The chances of a crash nearly triple when driving faster than surrounding traffic. The spring and summer are periods when work zones are busiest in this country. It is important to reduce speeds when traveling through those areas over the holiday.
Do not drive impaired: We have a lot of freedoms to celebrate during Independence Day, but impaired driving is not one of those freedoms and jeopardizes the freedoms of others. Consider the safety of yourself and others by planning ahead for your holiday. It’s always better to play it safe.
Be aware of truck blind spots: When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of where their blind spots are. 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 only when stopped and never text while driving.
Do not cut in front of large trucks: Remember trucks are heavier and a fully loaded truck traveling at highway speeds needs about the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel: Check your wipers, fluids, and tire pressure. 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. Don’t forget barbeque ingredients either!
Leave early and avoid risks: Leave early so you won’t be anxious about arriving late. Many major cities can expect delays 3x worse than normal. 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 in case of sudden stops.
Watch for children in neighborhoods who could be playing on or near residential streets. We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy the fireworks!
Use patience and be courteous with fellow motorists, a few seconds could save lives.