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FMCSA helps public share road with commercial vehicles

Posted: August 15, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

WASHINGTON, DC – “Our Roads, Our Responsibility” is the name of a new U.S. safety campaign designed to raise public awareness about operating safely around large trucks, buses, or other commercial vehicles. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced the launch the campaign, which aims to protect the nearly 12 million commercial vehicles registered to operate in the U.S. Each one has significant size and weight differences, large blind spots, longer stopping distances, and limited maneuverability, which present serious safety challenges for bicyclists, pedestrians, and drivers of passenger vehicles. 

“Trucks and buses move people and goods around the country, contributing to our economic wellbeing and our way of life,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.  “These commercial vehicles also carry additional safety risks, so it’s critical that all road users understand how to safely share the road.” 


Under the Our Roads, Our Responsibility campaign, FMCSA suggests the following tips while sharing the road with CMVs: 

  • Stay out of the “no zones” or blind spots around the front, back and sides of the vehicle
  • Pass safely and make sure you can see the driver in the mirror before passing
  • Don’t cut it close while merging in front of a CMV
  • Anticipate wide turns and consider larger vehicles may require extra turning room
  • Stay focused on the road around you and avoid distraction
  • Be patient driving around large trucks and buses 

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