The tractor trailers, motorcoaches, and other large commercial motor vehicles on America's roadways play a vital role in our nation’s economy.They use our roadways the same as any personal vehicle, but because of their size, shape, and handling, drivers need to treat them differently than other cars on the road.
Too many drivers of passenger cars --particularly young drivers-- endanger themselves by failing to recognize that trucks and cars perform quite differently. For example, trucks require longer distances to brake; they have larger blind spots than cars; and they are difficult to see around.
That's why the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Alliance created "Teens And Trucks" to help educate novice drivers about driving safely near commercial vehicles. And Wednesday, Deputy Transportation Secretary John Porcari joined Teens And Trucks to help launch a new curriculum that does exactly that.
The "Teens And Trucks" partners hope to help young drivers counter that lack of experience and the dangerous enticement of texting and cell phone conversations through a new curriculum, “Teens & Trucks—Curbing Distracted Driving.” The new instructional video and course materials were developed with a grant from DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.