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Amarillo By Morning – The Hybrid Road Trip Continues with Safety on the Mind

July 23, 2009

It’s morning in Oklahoma City and day two of my summer road trip.  The 500-plus miles from Memphis to OKC was a bit rough, but it was amazing to see the beautiful open road, answered questions from a couple from California about why FedEx Express delivery trucks were on the highway and to have just a general sense of excitement and appreciation for all those who drive a truck for a living.

Unlike the song, Amarillo by Morning, it will take the hybrid caravan a little longer in the day to reach the Texas Panhandle town.  Before I left Memphis, I asked a fellow Citizenship blogger Scott Mugno, director of safety at FedEx Express, to talk about safety on the road.  He provided these safety tips that I’d like to share with you:

You can drive down your risk of an accident on the road if you heed the advice of some safety-award-winning truckers that compete in the National Truck Driving Championships:

  • Be patient and stay focused.
  • Look farther ahead—let your eyes lead your wheels.
  • Avoid distractions, such as cell phones, PDAs or loud music.
  • Never drive when tired.
  • When passing a truck, don’t slide back into the traffic flow
  • until you can see both of its headlights in your rearview mirror.
  • Remember that blind spots can prevent a truck driver from seeing you. The rule is “if you can’t see the driver in his mirror,he cannot see you.”

I’ll be in Oklahoma City this morning and then we’ll be off to Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps.

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