The American Bus Association has teamed up with the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), AAA and the American Truckers Association to promote the “Our Roads, Our Safety” campaign in an effort to raise public awareness so that all drivers know how to operate safely around large trucks and buses.
“For our members, safety is the number one priority when we are on the road,” said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. “We joined the coalition to ensure everyone who is on the road is sharing it in the safest possible manner – that includes the safety of our passengers as well as our fellow truck and car drivers. This is not just a motorcoach issue, it is an everyone issue.”
The Our Roads, Our Safety campaign - created by the FMCSA - is an education campaign reminding all pedestrians, bicyclists, passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers on how to better share our roadways and improve safety for all.
There are several simple actions passenger vehicle drivers should take while sharing the road with large trucks and buses:
• Stay out of the “No Zones” or blind spots at the front, back and sides of the vehicle
• Make sure they can see the driver in the mirror before safely passing
• Don’t cut in close while merging in front of a CMV
• Stay back a safe distance to avoid being in the blind spot
• Anticipate wide turns and consider larger vehicles may require extra turning room
• Stay focused on the road and avoid distractions
• Be patient driving around large trucks and buses
“We congratulate and thank the FMCSA for bringing the industry together for such an important campaign,” said Pantuso. “We look forward to working the FMCSA and our industry partners as we continue to create new videos and materials to make our roads safer.”
Visit http://www.sharetheroadsafely.gov to learn more and share information about how passenger vehicle drivers, CMV drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians share a responsibility for making our roads a safer place for everyone.