ATA’s Share the Road Finishes Program Instructing Virginia and West Virginia Trucking Studentsby Jake Tully - Published: 11/10/2017
Earlier this week the American Trucking Associations’ Share the Road highway safety program finalized a month-long period of visiting West Virginia and Virginia-based schools in order to teach students drivers safe driving knowledge.
The American Trucking Associations (ATA) reports the Share the Road program was taught by professional truckers to young students over the course of the month, targeting a group of drivers who may be able to develop safe driving habits early on.
"This was an incredible opportunity to tour schools, speak to students, and spread our message of safety to young drivers," said Share the Road professional truck driver John Gaddy of Carbon Express Inc. "Students are very receptive to the lessons we teach them about safe driving and it's valuable for us to reach them at a young age before they have the chance to develop incorrect driving habits."
According to the ATA, the tour of truckers teaching students utilized demonstrations from the Share the Road Mack Pinnacle High Rise Sleeper in addition to classroom segments where the Share The Road Instructional Video was showed.
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Instructors in these course were professional truckers with millions of accident-free miles who walked students through such areas of safe driving as navigating through blind spots and the dangers of distracted driving, among other safety-related tactics.
Tim Taylor, a Share the Road professional driver representing FedEx Freight reports that meeting with the Virginia and West Virginia students at the beginning driving level is paramount to furthering responsible road safety.
"The kids we met are at such a critical time in their lives when they can learn invaluable information about safe driving," said Share the Road professional truck driver Tim Taylor of FedEx Freight."Visiting schools and helping these young drivers and future drivers understand the limitations of a truck is the main goal of our demonstrations."
For more information about the Share the Road and the student trucking classes offered by the professional truckers, visit Share The Road’s YouTube Channel.