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NAFA Partners with FMCSA on “Our Roads, Our Safety” Program

| November 9, 2017

NAFA Partners With Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration On Our Roads, Our Safety Program

NAFA Fleet Management Association, the vehicle fleet industry’s largest trade association, is partnering with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on a new road safety initiative.

The Our Roads, Our Safety program has been developed to help raise public about sharing the road with large trucks and buses.. The program provides safety tips such as:

  • Tips for Driving Safely Around Large Trucks or Buses that have operating limitations such as large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability that make it essential for other vehicles to put extra focus on safety. Fortunately, you can take simple actions to avoid experiencing or causing problems Involving trucks and buses by following these Ten Rules of the Road 
  • Learn safety tips Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers can use the share the roads safely with passenger vehicle drivers, bicyclists and pedestrian

The initiative joins NAFA with the American Trucking Associations (ATA), the American Bus Association, AAA, and the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association as official partners of the FMCSA’s Our Roads, Our Safety program.

According to FMCSA’s data:

  • Commercial vehicles logged about 296 billion vehicle miles traveled across the U.S. in 2015
  • Of the 32,166 fatal crashes on the Nation’s roadways, 3,838 (11.9 percent) involved at least one large truck or bus. In addition, there were an estimated 6,263,000 nonfatal crashes, 476,000 (7.6 percent) of which involved at least one large truck or bus
  • In 2015, 4,311 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, an 8-percent increase from 2014
  • 7 out of 10 people killed in crashes involving large trucks are occupants of the other vehicles
  • 30% of fatal work zone crashes involved at least one large truck, a rate that is significantly higher than the 11% of all fatal crashes that involve at least one truck

“Safety is a predominant aspect of NAFA’s mission, and our Association is pleased to be an integral part of the Our Roads, Our Safety program,” said NAFA CEO Phillip E. Russo, CAE. “Drivers of vehicles of all types can make a significant positive impact through awareness and alertness. Results can be dramatic and immediate from the reception of this information, and NAFA is proud to be a part of the effort.”

As part of the program, NAFA will promote driver safety to fleet professionals through a variety of communication initiatives. FMCSA has developed social media content, video and radio spots, safety tip sheets, postcards, infographics, brochures, and more aimed at educating passenger vehicle drivers, truck drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians about the operational challenges large trucks and buses face in order to make the safest decisions while on the road.

NAFA’s promotion of this initiative will include safety tips on its Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter pages, as well as extensive coverage in the Association’s member-oriented publications.

To learn more about the Our Roads, Our Safety program, visit: www.sharetheroadsafely.gov

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