PUCO encourages safe driving over holiday season


During the winter holiday season, Ohio’s transportation system will be heavily relied upon as travelers visit family and friends.

Ohio ranks fifth as one of the most highly traveled states in the country, even as some areas receive up to 68 inches of snow annually.

As more motorists share the road with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) offers these tips and a short video to help drivers understand and practice safe procedures around CMVs to ensure a safe and happy holiday travel season.

• Pay attention. Pay attention to winter weather and road conditions, and avoid the temptation to drive too fast, tailgate or change lanes improperly, especially around large trucks or snowplows. And always remember, keep your eyes on the road, not on your phone or radio.

• Stay visible. Large trucks have blind spots too. If you cannot see the truck driver or their mirrors, chances are he or she cannot see you either. Keep plenty of distance and try to stay off their passenger side.

• Drive carefully. Drive carefully near large trucks, especially in hazardous weather conditions. They do not have the same maneuverability as smaller vehicles. Ensure that you can see the roof of the truck in your rear view mirror before changing lanes in front of them.

• Be alert. Remember—you can only control your own driving. Be aware of other drivers, especially large trucks, and expect the unexpected. If something feels wrong, back off.

The PUCO is committed to improving road safety for Ohioans by ensuring the safe operation of CMVs in Ohio. Motor carrier companies that transport commerce and operate in Ohio must remain in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations that are administered by the PUCO, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The PUCO and the Ohio State Highway Patrol regularly perform thorough inspections of commercial vehicles and professional drivers to ensure Ohio’s highways remain safe for drivers.

For more information on motor carrier safety, contact the PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) or visit the motor carrier industry section of http://www.PUCO.ohio.gov.