The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced the launch of its new safety-focused campaign, “Our Roads, Our Responsibility,” to raise public awareness about how to operate safely around large trucks and buses, or commercial motor vehicles (CMVs).
Nearly 12 million CMVs are registered to operate in the United States, and in 2014, drivers logged around 300 billion miles on the nation’s roads.
Large trucks and buses have 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.
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; and
- Be patient driving around large trucks and buses.