Elite Drivers Provide Tips for Work Zone Awareness Week



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Elite Drivers Provide Tips for Work Zone Awareness Week

ARLINGTON, Va., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today,

American Trucking Associations is urging motorists to slow down and

pay attention while driving through work zone areas. With National

Work Zone Awareness Week 2014 marking the 15th anniversary of this

life-saving safety campaign, elite drivers with millions of

accident-free miles are educating the public on how to stay safe.

National Work Zone Awareness Week 2014 runs from April 7-11.

America's Road Team Captains, professional truck drivers selected for

their impressive driving records and commitment to safety, are sharing

their wealth of experience from the road. With four of every five

victims in a work zone crash being motorists, these tips can help save

lives on our nation's highways.

Work Zone Driving Safety Tips for Motorists:

-- Expect the Unexpected - Speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes

may be changed, and people may be working on or near the road.

-- Slow Down - Speeding is one of the major causes of work zone

crashes.

-- Don't Tailgate - Keep a safe following distance between you and the

car ahead.

-- Keep a Safe Distance from Construction Workers - and equipment.

-- Pay Attention to Posted Signs - Warning signs are there to help

guide you, use them.

-- Stay Alert and Avoid Distracted Driving - Work zones present extra

challenges and obstacles. Motorists need to pay attention to the road

and their surroundings.

-- Plan Your Trip - Schedule your trip with plenty of extra time.

Expect delays and leave early so you are not anxious while driving.

-- Be Patient - Work zone crew members are working to improve the road

and make your future drive better.

-- Be Aware of Blind Spots - Trucks have large blind spots in front,

back and either side. Try to avoid lingering in this space and do not

cut in front of a truck.

"Motorists need to slow down and take caution when driving through

work zones," said America's Road Team Captain and Con-way Freight

driver Bryan Wold. "Reducing speed, paying attention and keeping a

safe distance from other motorists and workers will help move everyone

through the construction areas safely."

The America's Road Team would like to remind the motoring public that

from driveway to highway, safety requires patience and dedication.

The National Work Zone Awareness Week is a national campaign conducted

at the start of construction season to encourage safe driving through

highway construction sites. It is observed nationally by state, local

and federal transportation officials to coincide with the start of

highway construction season.

American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade

association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of 50

affiliated state trucking associations and industry-related

conferences and councils, ATA is the voice of the industry America

depends on most to move our nation's freight. Follow ATA on Twitter or

on Facebook . Trucking Moves America Forward.

The America's Road Team, sponsored by Volvo Trucks , is a national

public outreach program led by a small group of professional truck

drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records

and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway.

www.americasroadteam.com

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SOURCE American Trucking Associations

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/CONTACT: Elisabeth Barna, ebarna@trucking.org, (202) 420-8972

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