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An 18-Wheeler Driver is Injured Escaping a Train Collision in Houston, TX – Part 3

Friday, August 14th, 2015
English: Truck drivers protesting increased ro...

English: Truck drivers protesting increased road user charges in a nationwide protest in New Zealand, here seen along Queen Street in the Auckland CBD. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Share the Road Safely Program provides the following safety tips for truck and bus drivers:

Slow Down in Work Zones

Watch for and stay alert to work zones, such as highway construction. Statistics show that work zone crashes occur most commonly during daylight hours. Nearly one-third of all fatal crashes in work zones involve large commercial vehicles such as 18-wheelers. Drivers should drive slowly and with care through work zones and leave plenty of cushion for vehicles.

Drive Defensively

Aggressive driving behaviors are associated with two-thirds of all traffic fatalities. Truck drivers and bus drivers should avoid aggressive drivers. Maintain a safe speed and keep a good distance between other vehicles. Speed will hardly get you places more quickly but it does increase your chances of being in an automobile crash.

Fasten your Seatbelt

When you buckle your seatbelt, you are safer and are in a better position to maintain control of your vehicle. In a crash, wearing a seatbelt can save not only your life but the lives of those around you. One of the major causes of bus and truck driver fatalities involves ejection from the vehicle. The single most effective way to reduce injuries and save lives is for motorists to wear seatbelts.

Get Involved with Public Safety

Truck drivers are urged to notify traffic safety agencies of collisions, unsafe roadway conditions, unsafe drivers, and other circumstances that can lead to collisions. In addition, give assistance to stranded motorists. Participate in public safety events, which can help to change public perceptions about commercial vehicles and their drivers.

Learn more in Part 1 and Part 2 of this three-part series.

–Guest Contributor

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