ATA’s Share the Road Program Shares Safety Lessons
The American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road Highway Safety Program has done a lot for trucking. In addition to promoting safe driving habits and regulatory compliance, the organization has also worked to deliver in-person lessons about the importance of truck safety. Recently the organization partnered with the Motor Carriers of Montana to deliver important safety lessons to high school students in the Billings, Montana area.
Wayne Crowder, a member of FedEx freight and the Share the Road Highway Safety Program said: “Professional truck drivers are able to travel the country and see a lot of great things, but one thing we’re not always able to see is a car in our truck’s blind spot, I’ve found that a lot of young drivers, and many veteran motorists as well, simply are not exposed to our message about how to properly drive near a large truck. We’re trying to share that message with students here today so that they’ll be able to recognize and prevent unsafe driving behaviors in the future.”
Thanks to the efforts of those involved in this program, students will gain a unique opportunity. In addition to being able to sit in the cab of an actual tractor-trailer, they will also gain knowledge about life on the road from real truck drivers. But this type of effort is just one of many done by Share the Road drivers.
Many drivers in this program also volunteered for the Montana Truck Driving Championships. This event, which is hosted by the Motor Carriers of Montana, features essential safety events. The competition helps to promote safe road habits and continues to contribute to safer roads and highways across the country.