COLUMBUS — During the summer season, thousands of travelers visiting family and friends depend on Ohio’s network of highways to get to their destination safely. In fact, Ohio has the nation’s fourth largest interstate system with over 8,000 lane miles.
As an increasing number of motorists often share the road with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) offers these safe driving tips to help ensure safe operation and arrival at your destination.
· Stay visible. Just as cars have blind spots, motor carriers have blind spots too. If you cannot see the truck driver or their mirrors; chances are the driver cannot see you.
· Pay attention. Drive carefully near motor carriers, as they do not have the same maneuverability as passenger vehicles.
· Avoid aggressive driving. Resist the temptation of driving too fast, changing lanes improperly or tailgating.
· Stay alert. Even when driving cautiously, there is always one thing you have no ability to control — other drivers. Be aware of other drivers and expect the unexpected.
Motor carrier companies that transport commerce and operate in Ohio must remain in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations that are administered by the PUCO, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The PUCO and the Ohio State Highway Patrol regularly perform thorough inspections of commercial vehicles and professional drivers to ensure Ohio highways remain safe for drivers. The PUCO wants to help motor carriers and drivers understand and practice safe driving procedures to ensure a safe travel season.
For more information on motor carrier safety, contact the PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) or visit the motor carrier industry section of www.PUCO.ohio.gov.