Commercial vehicle drivers can take steps to improve safety

Many people enjoy taking long bus trips. This allows them to reach their destination without having to drive themselves or get on a plane. Not to mention the fact that it is often more affordable.

But here is the problem with commercial bus travel: An accident can happen at any time. These are not common, but they do happen.

There are things commercial bus companies and drivers can do to protect the safety of each and every passenger. This includes:

— Make sure all drivers receive the appropriate training.

— Ensure that drivers understand the risks associated with driving while fatigued.

— Provide drivers and passengers with safety information.

This may sound like a lot, but it can go a long way in helping everybody remain safe. For example, a fatigued driver should never be behind the wheel. Fortunately, there are laws in place to help protect against this. For example, interstate bus drivers are not allowed to be on the road any longer than 10 consecutive hours. Unfortunately, not every company and driver adheres to this law.

Commercial vehicle companies, drivers, and travel planners can take steps in preventing accidents and improving safety.

If you have plans to travel on a tour bus, choose a company with a good reputation for safety. Along with this, do your part in understanding what it takes to remain safe. And of course, if you see something that could cause harm to you and other passengers, don’t wait to speak up. This could help prevent an accident that could cause injury and/or fatalities.

Source: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “Travel Planners: Put Traveler Safety First,” accessed Nov. 03, 2015

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