Ask a trucker: tips for staying safe on the roads this Memorial Day

May 25, 2021 Brad Perkins

Thirty-eight million drivers are expected to take road trips this Memorial Day weekend thanks to increased vaccination levels and reopening. Many people may not have driven long distances in over a year. So, before getting behind the wheel, get behind some safety tips from the people who know best: truck drivers.  

Considering how much time they spend on the road, truck drivers understand more than most people about safe driving.  According to Centerline Drivers’ State of Trucking survey, 36 percent of truck drivers think people drive too recklessly. Keep yourself and your fellow drivers safe with these Memorial Day Highway Safety Tips:

Slow Down, Save Gas – and Lives. With gas prices soaring, driving at a slower pace conserves more than energy. Because high speeds mean lower gas mileage and efficiency, you’ll be saving money and increasing your safety.

Practice Social Distancing. You don’t have to wear a mask but you should still keep your distance – from your fellow drivers. Avoid driving in packs, pick the lane of least resistance and always leave yourself an out for when there are too many vehicles around you. At intersections allow at least one car length from the vehicle in front of you.

Put the Phone Down. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that more than 3000 people in the US were killed by distracted driving in 2019. Don’t be a statistic—looking at your phone for even 5 seconds on an interstate will make you travel more than 300 feet without you looking where you’re going. Put it down – or better yet, put it where you can’t see, hear, or reach it so you’re not distracted by it.

Tired? Hungry? Stop and Rest. Eating while driving is a distraction that could cause an accident. Driving while tired can be deadly. Don’t keep pushing on. Find a place to pull over and rest or go to a restaurant to eat.

Watch the Weather. Summer is thunderstorm and tornado season. Be sure to check your driving route, take an alternative route if conditions become too difficult to drive and don’t drive through standing water.


About Centerline Drivers

Centerline Drivers connects over 4,500 drivers annually with Fortune 1000 and mid-sized companies. Centerline has been delivering superior staffing service to fleet operators and good jobs to qualified drivers since its founding in 1975. It offers nationwide coverage from a network of branches in 40 U.S. markets and a centralized service operation. Centerline is part of TrueBlue (NYSE: TBI), a global leader in specialized workforce solutions that help clients achieve business growth and improve productivity. Centerline was named a top workplace for women to work by Women in Trucking in 2019 and 2020 and a Top Workplace by Energage in 2021. Learn more at

Centerline Drivers’ State of Trucking 2021 survey of more than 400 drivers and 200 employers was conducted online in the U.S. in January 2021. Read the full report and the next time you’re able to buy your favorite products, be sure to #thankatrucker.


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