The American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road highway safety tour delivered a message of highway safety in Moline, Ill., Wednesday at the headquarters of ATA member Tennant Truck Lines.
ATA, Tennant Truck Lines, Mack Trucks, Michelin North America and members of the trucking community joined the elite group of drivers to discuss highway safety on the nation’s highways and to give tips for safe summer driving. The Moline stop demonstrated to drivers how to share the road safely with large trucks.
The tour visited Moline at a particularly important time for highway safety with millions of Americans taking to the highways during the summer and states undertaking important construction projects.
“Let’s face it, most of us are not comfortable passing a truck or sharing the road,” said Aaron Tennant, president of Tennant Truck Lines. “The Share the Road program allows us to know the right way to pass a truck, why we shouldn’t tailgate a big rig, the consequences of cutting a truck off, and many other life-saving tips to allow us to get to our destination safely.”
Featured at the event were professional truck drivers Bill Minor, Con-way Freight; Don Logan, FedEx Freight, Nate Wick, UPS Freight and Randall Luschen, Weinrich Truck Line. Those drivers are members of an elite team of million-mile, accident-free truck drivers who deliver the trucking industry’s safety messages across the country.
“Share the Road allows me as a truck driver to give people life-saving advice. Most automobile drivers were never taught what they can do to avoid an accident with a tractor-trailer,” Luschen said during the event.
The presentation of Share the Road safety measures is important to area motorists because, according to federal statistics, 35 percent of truck-involved highway fatalities occur in a truck’s blind spot and roughly three-quarters of all truck-involved fatalities are unintentionally initiated by car drivers.
“Summer travel often means driving on less familiar roads – so it is all the more important to pay attention, put your phone down and not get behind the wheel if you’ve had too much summer fun,” said Minor, a Share the Road professional with Con-way Freight. “And of course, it is always important to buckle up.”
Following the safety demonstration at Tennant Truck Lines, reporters, photographers and political leaders had the opportunity to get up in the cab of the tractor-trailer and ride-a-long with the professional driver.