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Truck Accident Risks Increase Around the Holidays

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busy time fo

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nd th

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you

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tion

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fety

dministtion discove

ed Decembe

is the most d

nge

ous month fo

d

ive

s.

hen they studied tffic-

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ted f

t

lities du

ing the Ch

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son, they dete

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n

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de

dlines du

ing the holid

y se

son.

hen they m

ke poo

decisions to t

y to meet these de

dlines, such

s speeding o

d

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ules

nd

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dminist

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ns hsh fines

nd othe

pen

lties. Ho

eve

, the holid

ys pl

ce ext

time const

ints on eve

yone, including t

ucke

s. Employe

s m

y be tempted to push t

ucke

s to delive

mo

e

nd mo

e cgo. Long hou

s of d

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n le

d to exh

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d

nge

ous fo

m of imp

i

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me fo

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th

n

ll the othe

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tion

l Highy

nd T

ffic S

fety

dminist

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t d

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sy d

ive

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s

ell-

ested d

ive

s to m

ke d

iving eo

s

t c

itic

l moments. These eo

s c

n le

d to t

gic

ccidents.

hen these ti

ed d

ive

s e m

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the

mo

e,

d

ive

doesn’t h

ve to

e

ch the point of nodding off to be imp

i

ed.

ny

mount of sleep dep

iv

tion c

n h

ve

n imp

ct. D

iving

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o

sy d

iving is d

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ous d

iving. Hectic holid

y d

iving schedules c

n le

d to exh

usted t

ucke

s, so

hen you t

ke to the

o

d this se

son, p

oceed

ith c

ution.<

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Signs of Exh

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ucke

s. If you see someone d

iving e

tic

lly, dist

nce you

self f

om th

t vehicle,

nd

emembe

th

t tcto

-t

ile

s need even mo

e dist

nce. Kno

the signs of d

o

sy d

iving,

nd p

otect you

self by stee

ing cle of

ny d

ive

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    co

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    d

    iving e

    o

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    ke multiple d

    iving coections<

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    ly vee

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    d

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fety on the

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l

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p

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ke speci

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ec

utions ound the holid

ys. Be

e the t

ucke

behind the

heel m

y h

ve pushed himself p

st the point of s

fe d

iving. M

ny comme

ci

l fleet vehicles h

ve

"Ho

‘s my d

iving?" sticke

— don’t be

fid to c

ll the listed numbe

nd

epo

t e

tic beh

vio

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t

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nge

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utho

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T

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hen the holid

y se

son hits, big

igs

e often fully lo

ded

ith

lot of miles to cove

. T

ucking comp

nies h

ve

lot of c

go to move du

ing the holid

ys,

nd they sometimes cut co

ne

s to meet impo

t

nt de

dlines. This

isky beh

vio

c

n le

d to d

nge

ous

ccidents

nd f

t

lities. <

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ucking comp

nies o

e

duty of ce not only to thei

employees, but to

ll moto

ists on the

o

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ns t

ucking comp

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    ve

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    ing th

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ucking comp

nies

e h

ied by the holid

y bustle —

hen theiigs e in high dem

nd — but they still sh

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