FMCSA Partners with ABA, AAA and ATA on Large Truck and Bus Safety Campaign
At the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), we work diligently every day to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses on our roadways. Today, we continue to prioritize this important mission through a newly formed partnership under a national safety campaign – Our Roads, Our Safety.
FMCSA is proud to partner with public and private sector entities to educate pedestrians, bicyclists, passenger vehicle drivers and commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers on how to better share our roadways and improve safety for all. In collaboration with the American Bus Association (ABA), the American Automobile Association (AAA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA), we have developed a video that informs people about CMVs’ blind spots. We welcome other organizations to partner with us and join this important safety effort.
Understanding the safety challenges CMVs face, along with some simple adjustments in driving behavior, can help everyone avoid dangerous situations and improve safety. Large trucks and buses are more difficult to maneuver than average passenger vehicles due to larger blind spots, greater weights and lengths, and longer stopping distances. Our Roads, Our Safety uses consumer-friendly illustrations, videos and other resources to highlight some of these safety challenges.
Safety Spotlight on CMV Blind Spots
Large trucks and buses have massive blind spots on all four sides. If you can’t see the driver in his or her side mirror, that driver can’t see you or your vehicle. Be aware of and avoid driving in a commercial motor vehicle’s blind spots.
We encourage everyone to visit ShareTheRoadSafely.gov to learn more about how large trucks and buses operate differently than average passenger vehicles. The website contains a variety of resources, including safety tips for pedestrians, bicyclists, passenger vehicle drivers and CMV drivers.