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West Virginia Trucking Association gives driving safety tips

This time of the year can make for difficult driving conditions in and around Charleston. Snow and ice can make the roads slippery, and sometimes these conditions may not even be immediately visible or obvious to drivers. In addition, many people are driving longer distances as they continue their holiday travels or make their way back home.

Despite the potential for bad weather, and the high volume of traffic during the end of the holiday season, big rig trucks still have to travel on the highways so that they can continue to transport and deliver goods throughout the country. Thus, the potential for truck accidents involving smaller passenger vehicles is especially concerning this time of year. Recognizing this danger, the West Virginia Trucking Association, along with the American Trucking Associations' Share the Road highway safety program, recently released a list of safety tips for driving this time of the year.

One tip that the organizations recommend is for drivers to slow down. When a person drives faster than the traffic around him or her, the chances of an accident increase almost threefold. The dangers of fast driving are compounded when the roads are icy and wet. Another tip is for drivers in passenger vehicles to be aware of a truck driver's blind spot, and to pass trucks on their left sides because the driver's blind spot is smaller on that side of the truck. In addition, drivers should avoid cutting in front of trucks because these larger and heavier vehicles require more road space to stop.

The trucking organizations also recommended other common sense driving safety tips that include avoiding driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol, always paying attention to the road and leaving extra room between your vehicle and the one in front.

The trucking organization's safety tips are handy for people driving cars and other automobiles, but they also apply to truck drivers themselves. Truck accidents can cause serious injuries and death, and a collision between a truck and a smaller automobile rarely ends well for the people in the smaller vehicle. All drivers, including truckers, must do their part to keep West Virginia's roads safe this time of year and beyond.

Source: West Virginia Trucking Association, "Professional truck drivers offer holiday safe driving tips," Dec. 24, 2016

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