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TRUCKERS OFFER SAFETY TIPS FOR HOLIDAY TRAVEL

 WASHINGTON, Nov. 25 ~PRNewswire~ -- America's professional truck drivers have a few tips for motorists as they prepare to travel the highways during the Thanksgiving holiday:
 -- Inspect Your Vehicle Before You Begin Your Trip. Check tire pressure, fluid levels, lights and windshield wipers.
 -- Avoid Tailgating. Following too closely could result in an accident if you're forced to stop suddenly. Increase your following distances during adverse weather, especially if it's raining, snowing or if roads are icy.
 -- Observe Speed Limits. The posted speed limit is just that -- a limit. However, in adverse weather, drive according to conditions, not posted speed limits.
 -- Pass Safely. Check your front, sides and rear, signal your intentions and move into the passing lane only if it is clear and you are in a legal passing zone. Complete your pass as quickly as possible, signal your intentions and move back in front of the vehicle only when you can see the front of the vehicle in your rearview mirror. Maintain your speed.
 -- Drive Defensively. Watch for out-of-state tags and travelers reading maps. These drivers may be traveling through unfamiliar areas and may make sudden lane changes to make their exits.
 -- Use Caution Through Construction Zones. Stay alert -- watch for construction workers and debris on the highway. Slow down, watch for temporary traffic patterns, and allow fellow motorists to safely merge into narrow construction zones.
 -- Follow Emergency Procedures. If you have an emergency, get off the highway at the nearest exit or rest area and turn on your emergency flashers. If you must stop on the shoulder or in another location that poses a risk, move away from the vehicle and traffic. If you need help, lift the hood and tie a cloth (preferably white) to the antenna or driver's side door. Most truck drivers have CB radios and will alert highway officials of your situation.
 Most importantly, remember to use your safety belt. It may save your life, and it's the law in 48 states.
 For more safe driving tips, write to the American Trucking Associations, 2200 Mill Road, Alexandria, Va. 22314.
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 ~CONTACT: American Trucking Associations, Office of Public Affairs, 703-838-1873~


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