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Truck Drivers Are Safest on the Road

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80% of Americans Think Truck Drivers Are Safest on the Road

by Jana Ritter - Published: 10/10/2014
While a lot of the press has been focusing on the ”un-safe” factors regarding truck drivers, the results of a recent national poll revealed that the majority of the American population considers professional truck drivers to be among the safest drivers on the road and had a very positive view of the trucking industry in general.

Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll between Sept. 20-24th and surveyed 800 registered voters on their attitudes about politics, the trucking industry and the state of infrastructure. Truck drivers got the highest marks across the board:
  • 8 in 10 respondents indicated they believe truck drivers are safer than car drivers.
  • 9 in 10 respondents believe passenger vehicle drivers are more likely tospeed than truck drivers
  • 74 percent of respondents think that in accidents involving a car and a truck, the passenger vehicle driver is at fault.
  • Only 7 percent of respondents believe truck drivers are more likely than passenger vehicle drivers to drive unsafely
Neil Newhouse presented the poll results to the American Trucking Associations at the MC&E convention this week. “This is really good news for the industry; the safety numbers are extraordinary. This is what they’re seeing on the roads. There’s a consensus across the country that truck drivers are much safer, much more diligent, they’re less likely to speed and cause crashes than are passenger car drivers”, he told the convention attendees.
Other positive news came from the ATA itself, announcing that it has reached 80 percent of is $1 million fundraising goal for its nation wide industry image building campaign “Trucking Moves America Forward”.
The only negative feedback coming from the poll was the section asking respondents their opinions of the condition of the nation’s roads and bridges. Not surprisingly the majority of American’s feel they need repair, but nobody indicated they believed they should be the ones to pay for it, basically the same problem that politicians are arguing over as well.
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Well...I have to disagree with the impressions regarding speed. Having recently returned from a nearly 1800 mile jaunt through Nevada, California, and Oregon, I found that truck drivers were consistent speeders. The posted limits were typically 55, ten miles per hour less than car traffic on most highways we traveled. I rarely passed a truck with more than minimal overtake rate when I was running at the posted speed on cruise control...the trucks were easily doing 62-65. The only time this dynamic wasn't in effect was when climbing hills. Now, I will also admit that the locals were also prone to elevated velocities, but the point is that they're not professionals. The truck drivers are, which in theory should make them more inclined to adhere to the posted speed as well as other regulations governing their operations. In theory.
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Split Speed Limit IMHO is the worst Thing Cali and some other States ever did. It is dangerous for Drivers in Cars. In some Places Texas removed the Split Speed Limit because of too many Rear End Accidents. And I do agree with you that almost no Truck Driver in Cali drives 55MPH like posted because it would be nothing but a Mega Stop and Go. In Oregon it depends on the Mood of the Trooper. I have seen them getting pulled over at 57MPh or 67.
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. In Oregon it depends on the Mood of the Trooper. I have seen them getting pulled over at 57MPh or 67.
You've seen a truck pulled over in Oregon?!? That's a rare sighting indeed; I live here and hardly ever see a truck pulled over.

The split speed isn't the problem, IMO, it's the lack of enforcement of it along with atrocious lane discipline. Truck traffic ought to be restricted to the right lane at all times. Better yet, replace them with trains instead.
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I did a 13682 mile trip this summer and for the most part truck drivers where not a problem, there may of been one or two, but I think they are good drivers. I do not see a problem with a driver doing 5-10 over the speed limit, as they are just trying to make time and money and in some cases, keep with the flow of traffic.
I see a lot more worst everyday drivers in cars, minivans, pickup, RVs that our states hand license too, so I say yes they are better drivers.
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