Happy birthday, America!

July 4, 2016 Roadmaster

Happy Independence Day!

This July 4th, you’re 240 years old!

Ever since we won our independence from Great Britain in 1776, our country’s population has grown a lot. As more people came here the need to get goods and necessities to all U.S. citizens kept rising as well. That’s where our professional truck drivers have stepped up to the plate, delivering goods and materials across the country for generations!

To the professional truck drivers, thank you! Our country truly wouldn’t be here without you!

How do most of us celebrate our Independence Day? BBQs, cookouts, and social gatherings galore! Think of all the hot dogs, bags of chips, condiments, fruit, soda bottles, and even fireworks that Americans will purchase this 4th of July. How did it all get to stores across the country? From the help of our CDL truck drivers!

Make sure to take some time to appreciate our hard working professional truck drivers this Independence Day! They truly are the backbone of America, and we are very grateful for the good work they do.

Trucking Tips for Staying Safe This Holiday

If you’re out on the roads sometime over the weekend, make sure to practice your safe driving techniques. According to the AAA,1 close to 43 million Americans will be traveling on or around July 4th this year. That’s an increase of about 2.6% from last year, as 42.3 million citizens traveled at least 50 miles for the holiday.

“On average, there are 37 percent more highway fatalities on July 4th than the average July day, according to a study of federal accident data. And when traffic increases, so does the death toll.”2

To help keep our roads safe —for you and for other drivers— follow these safe driving tips and remember to stay alert and especially cautious this Independence Day.

Driving tips

A Thorough Pre-trip Inspection – If you want your truck to drive properly and have its best shot at reaching its destination with no hassle, conduct a very thorough pre-trip inspection. Double-checking to make sure tires are properly inflated and in good condition as well as checking that fluid levels are good are some easy ways to make sure your truck drives safely.

Know Your Route Ahead of Time – Having a Plan A as well as a Plan B route before you start your journey could be a really big help. Who wants to be confused or unsure about which highways they should take on a busy, cramped, and potentially more dangerous traveling day? Drivers who are indecisive and make last minute decisions (or who are distracted while trying to re-route) cause a lot of accidents. Know your route ahead of time as best you can!

Go With the Flow of Traffic – If for nothing else than to avoid potential road rage, you should probably consider going with the flow of traffic where you can. Staying in the fast lane and traveling at very high speeds to divert congested traffic can be extremely dangerous for everyone on the roads.

Wear Your Seatbelt – It seems like a no-brainer, right? But you’d be surprised at how many people ignore this simple life-saving rule every day. Seat belts save lives and are an essential resource in case of a collision.

Drive safely this July 4th and help to make sure that everyone gets to celebrate their Independence Day!

 

1http://newsroom.aaa.com/2016/06/aaa-americans-will-take-trips-ever-independence-day-weekend/
2http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/july-4-weekend-may-be-deadliest-years-drivers-n384681

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