Highway Transport Helps Trucking Industry Share Refreshments & Safe Driving Tips with Motorists
Highway Transport was honored to be invited to team up with Tennessee Trucking Association to share refreshments and safe driving tips with motorists. TTA’s Safety Management Council Members and Department of Safety set up at rest areas across the state providing free refreshments for travelers and encouraging safety as they traveled during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
• Rest area I-40 Westbound near Dickson – Mile Marker 170
• Rest area 1-40 Eastbound near Jackson – Mile Marker 73
• Rest area 1-40 Westbound near Dandridge – Mile Marker 425 – Highway Transport was present at this rest area.
• Rest area I-75 Northbound near Athens – Mile Marker 45
Tennessee Trucking Association had a tractor-trailer on display at each location to illustrate the four blind spots around large vehicles where crashes are more likely to occur. Motorists enjoyed being able to climb inside the truck and see the blind spots for themselves. Road Team Captains were available to discuss the importance of buckling up, slowing down, keeping a safe following distance, not drinking and driving as well as the risks of drowsy driving and distracted driving (texting, mobile phone usage, etc.)
Seventy to 75 percent of all truck-related auto fatalities are caused by the car driver, according to figures from the Department of Transportation and AAA. Thirty-five percent of these occur in a truck’s blind spots. “Many drivers don’t realize the limitations of larger vehicles,” said Dave Huneryager, President and CEO of TTA. “By helping motorists understand how to safely share the road with large commercial trucks, we hope to make this weekend safer for everyone.”
Rick Lusby, Vice President of Safety at Highway Transport, says, “We enjoyed helping with this event, which helps keep the motoring public safe during Memorial Day Weekend. If you are honored to be in the presence of anyone that has served our country, please shake their hand and thank them for their service.”
Paul Johnson of Moore Freight says, “I want to thank everyone for donating supplies, food, water and their time for the 2019 Safety Rest Break. Special thanks to the TTA for supplying two Road Team Captains and Wal-Mart for providing the No Zone trailer. Thanks to THP for having a Trooper on site to interact with the public ( and make people think he had pulled over the Wal-Mart Truck!! HAHAHA). Thanks to WATE 6 for coming out to document the event and help promote Highway Safety.” Paul Johnson is Fleet Safety Manager of Moore Freight + ETN S/MC Vice Chairperson.
Jeremy Snapp of Tennessee Trucking Association adds, “We had 392 travelers sign in at our Dandridge roadside event! Not too shabby!”