Truckers urge motorists to be safe on the roads this holiday

The American Trucking Associations and the Share the Road are urging motorists to be safe on the roads this holiday so everyone arrives at their destinations safely.

“Even though reindeer do a great job of navigating the sleigh, drivers should not pretend to be Dasher or Comet when taking to the highways this month,” UPS Freight professional driver John McKown said in a news release. “Safe driving is critical this time of year and there are many steps you can take to prepare for holiday travel. Take a minute to review our list of good highway safety habits before going over the river and through the woods.”

Nearly one in every three Americans will travel at least 50 miles this Christmas and holiday season, marking the first time the number of year-end holiday travelers tops 100 million, AAA said in its annual travel prediction.

The 100.5 million people expected to travel between Dec. 23 and Jan. 3 represents a 1.4 percent increase over a year ago and marks the seventh consecutive year of travel growth for the end-of-year holiday. A vast majority of those traveling — 91.3 million — will be driving.

“Winter weather poses many unique challenges to the motoring public and professional truck drivers and we want to remind everyone that the goal should be to arrive safely. That may mean leaving a few minutes early or being extra cautious when facing difficult road conditions,” said professional driver Bill West (ABF Freight). “Truck drivers are delivering many of the products that play important roles in holiday celebrations, such as decorations, wrapping paper and cookies, so we all must work together to share the road safely in order to have happy holidays.

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