WASHINGTON, D.C. — As large trucks are hitting the road amid COVID-19 to help move goods and supply essential items to stores and households, drivers of passenger vehicles must remember that large trucks and buses do not operate in the same way as their vehicle. Large trucks cannot stop on a dime and have blind spots that make it difficult to see smaller vehicles while on the road. The American Property Casualty Insurance Association (APCIA) and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) urge drivers in smaller vehicles to share the roads safely with trucks.
“During this time of crisis, many drivers will find themselves more stressed and distracted. While working to maintain our health and the wellbeing of loved ones, we must remember to stay alert when behind the wheel,” said Robert Passmore, vice president of auto and claims policy at American Property Casualty Insurance Association. “Sharing the road with large trucks and pedestrians can ensure everyone reaches their destination safely.”
There are a number of things motorists can do to safely share the road with larger commercial vehicles. In order to reduce crashes on the road, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recommends drivers be aware of key safety challenges for large trucks and follow these tips:
“Professional truck drivers take safety very seriously – never more so than during this crisis,” said Dan Horvath, vice president of safety policy at American Trucking Associations. “Motorists can do their part to keep our highways safe by leaving themselves appropriate space around commercial vehicles, by obeying speed limits and eliminating distractions like cellphones while they drive.”
Auto insurers are implementing measures to directly help policyholders during this extraordinary crisis. This includes: refunds and discounts for policyholders; flexible payment solutions for families, individuals, and businesses; waiving insurance premium late fees; pausing cancellation of coverage due to non-payment; and suspending personal auto exclusions for restaurant employees who are transitioning to meal delivery services using their personal auto policy as coverage. For drivers involved in a crash, APCIA recommends calling your auto insurer as soon as possible:
America’s Road Team – a group of elite professional truck drivers – offers a series of additional safety tips that can be found here.