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    The industry continues to work with local and state leaders to secure more funding to help western North Dakota catch up with its infrastructure, but even then, construction can and does take some time. That’s why the North Dakota Petroleum Council, North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol have partnered to promote traffic safety and encourage responsible driving habits. This includes urging motorists to avoid passing if possible (and passing with caution if passing is unavoidable), being patient, sharing the road, buckling up, and avoiding distractions from cell phones, texting or other use of other devices.

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    Share the Road

    With more activity and people in western North Dakota, it is important as ever to share the road with other passenger vehicles and trucks that are all hoping to reach their destinations safely. To ensure the safety of yourself and others, keep in mind the following tips when following or approaching trucks, buses, semis or  other large vehicles:

    1. Don’t “hang out” on either side of trucks or buses.
      Such large vehicles have large blind spots on both sides. If you can’t see the driver’s face in his side-view mirror, he can’t see you.
    2. Don’t tailgate.
      Unlike cars, trucks and buses have huge NO-ZONES directly behind them. The truck or bus driver can’t see your car back there, and you can’t see what’s going on ahead of you. If the truck or bus driver brakes suddenly, you have no place to go.
    3. Pass Safely (or not at all!)
      Don’t cut in too soon after passing. Truck and bus drivers need twice the time and space to stop as smaller passenger vehicles. Look for the whole front of the truck or bus in your rear-view mirror before pulling in front and don’t slow down!
    4. Pay Closer Attention.
      Never cross behind a truck that is backing up. Truck drivers do not have a rear-view mirror and may not see you cutting in behind them.
    5. Avoid the “Squeeze Play”.
      Truck and bus drivers sometimes need to swing wide to the left to safely make a right turn. They can’t see cars squeezing in between them and the curb. Watch for their turn signals and give them room to turn.

     

    What is the NO-ZONE?

    NO-ZONES are danger areas around trucks and buses where crashes are more likely to occur. Some of those No-Zones are actual blind spots where your car “disappears” from the view of the truck or bus driver.