Professional truck drivers are urging caution and patience on the roadways this holiday season, as more drivers take to the open road over the next few days.
Nearly 50 million Americans are expected to travel over the road at least 50 miles or more this Thanksgiving, the most since 2005 and a nearly 3% increase over last year, according to the AAA auto club. To help keep the roads safe, members of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) and America's Road Team—a group of elite truck drivers with millions of miles of accident-free driving under their belts—are tapping into their vast experience to offer tips for a safe and sound journey.
"Thanksgiving is about being with your family," America's Road Team Captain Scott Davis, of ABF Freight System, Inc., said in a statement this week. "This also means that we'll see a rise in highway traffic, with many motorists driving in unfamiliar areas. Caution and patience is especially important so we all arrive safely to our loved ones."
ATA and America's Road Team offered the following safe driving tips as a public service this week:
Truckers say they'll be doing their part to keep the roadways safe this holiday as they deliver more than 46 million turkeys and more than 3.1 billion pounds of potatoes, the most popular side dish of the season.