Lifesaving highway driving tips were presented this week in Cheyenne, Wyo., as part of the American Trucking Associations’ national Share the Road highway safety tour by top professional truck drivers. The American Trucking Associations, Wyoming Trucking Association, AAA MountainWest and Share the Road sponsors Mack Trucks and Michelin North America joined the elite group of drivers to discuss highway safety with Wyoming motorists.
Featured at the event were professional truck drivers Ralph Garcia (ABF Freight), David May (Con-way Freight) and Tony Sifford (FedEx Ground). These drivers are members of an elite team of million-mile accident-free truck drivers who deliver the trucking industry’s safety messages across the country. “When the summer rolls around, we tend to see a significant increase in highway traffic,” Garcia says. “Additional cars on the road means safe driving habits become all the more important. That’s why we’re out here today – to educate the public and make us all a little safer.”
Following the safety demonstration at the ABF Terminal at the Little America Hotel/Truck Stop, reporters and photographers were given tractor-trailer rides on Interstate 25. From the truck driver’s perspective, they viewed safe merging and stopping distances, and learned up close and personal some of the differences between how cars and large trucks operate on the highways. The demonstration was designed to teach specific skills in order for motorists to drive safely around other automobiles and around trucks on the highways, so that they arrive safely at their destinations.
“Share the Road is a vital part of our efforts to make the highways safe in Wyoming,” says Sheila Foertsch, WTA president. “By being aware of the blind spots around trucks, all drivers can more easily avoid crashes. This information, and other safety advice, will help everyone to share the roads safely.”