Safety & Compliance

Minnesota Trucking Association Aims to Improve Driver Safety

January 14, 2010

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The Minnesota Trucking Association has introduced the "Keep Both Hands on the Wheel" campaign, a year-long effort to provide information and training to members and their drivers on improving road safety.
The initiative is aimed at reducing distracted driving by engaging truckers, their employers, contactors and the public to follow safe driving habits.

"Safety is the trucking industry's primary concern and Minnesota Trucking Association members and their drivers are committed to continuing the statewide trend of increasingly safer roads," said John Hausladen, president of MTA. "Though our members are continually focused on safety and education, in 2010 we're urging truckers to make a specific commitment to 'Keep Both Hands on the Wheel.'"

Through the campaign, drivers will be encouraged to avoid activities that divert their attention from the road and take their hands off the wheel. The campaign will consist of web-based programs and in-person training for member companies and drivers.

"You can make as many laws as you want, but safe driving starts with taking responsibility for your driving habits, keeping your hands on the wheel and staying focused on the road and drivers around you," Hausladen said.

MTA also will provide members, truckers and the general public with tips to stay alert, such as:

* Understand and follow current Minnesota law, including the ban on texting.
* Avoid using a hand-held mobile device while driving. When a mobile phone is necessary, use hands-free technology or stop at a safe place to complete the call.
* Minimize eating and drinking while driving. Breaks for food and liquid while driving keep drivers focused during longer hauls.
* Avoid fixating on non-driving objects. This includes outside objects, such as billboards or buildings, and in-vehicle distractions, such as paperwork or adjusting the radio.

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