Ohio Agency Encouraging Safe Summer Driving

A rising number of motorists must share the road with commercial motor vehicles. With that in mind, the agency offered safe driving tips to help state residents operate their vehicles as safely as possible.

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, reminding state residents July 10 that summer is the busiest time of year for the state's highways, is also urging them to drive safely during the season. Thousands of travelers visiting family and friends depend on Ohio's highways to get to their destinations safely, the agency noted, adding that Ohio has the nation's fourth-largest interstate system, with more than 8,000 lane miles.

A rising number of motorists must share the road with commercial motor vehicles. With that in mind, the agency offered 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 because 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.

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