Dead River Company Participates in Teens & Trucks Programs in New Hampshire

Program helps educate teens about safe driving practices around commercial vehicles. 

As kids head back to school, Dead River Company is teaming up with local driving schools to help keep young drivers safe while on the road.

Teens & Trucks is a program sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) and was designed to educate young drivers on how to share the road with commercial vehicles. Many young people put themselves in danger by failing to recognize the difference in handling characteristics between commercial vehicles and personal vehicles. The goal of the program is to teach teen drivers how commercial vehicles operate on the road while providing tips for safe driving.

On Thursday, September 17th, 2015 Dead River Company drivers will bring trucks to two area driving schools to participate in the Teens & Trucks program.

  • Safe Wheels Driving School, Hampton Academy, 4 High Street, Hampton, 3pm – 5pm
(Parking lot is on 29 Academy Ave, just up the street from the classroom at 4 High St.) 
  • Red Hill Driving School Plymouth High School, 86 Old Ward Bridge Rd, Plymouth, 5pm-7pm

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Tractor-trailers and other large commercial motor vehicles are a vital, important part of our nation’s economy. These vehicles are the “wheels of commerce” for our nation. While truck drivers do contribute to some traffic crashes, research shows that too many drivers of passenger cars, especially young people ages 17 to 24 years old, unnecessarily endanger themselves by failing to recognize that trucks and cars differ in their handling characteristics. As a result, nearly 70% of traffic crashes involving large trucks and passenger cars are the fault of the car driver.

“A teen driver’s inexperience, inattention, and false sense of invincibility behind the wheel are all too often a deadly combination, especially around big trucks and buses,” said Robert Sculley, President of the New Hampshire Motor Transport Association (NHMTA). “This program is a great resource for parents, schools and enforcement groups for raising teens’ awareness of the dangers of driving unsafely around trucks.”

Teens & Trucks is made possible by cooperation between the New Hampshire Department of Safety and local motor carriers from across the state.  The purpose is to educate students in driver’s education programs about the dangers of driving in the blind spots of large tractor- trailers or other large commercial motor vehicles.

“Dead River Company has made a commitment to education in ways that will make a difference in the lives of people in the communities we serve,” says Mark Anderson, Safety Manager for Dead River Company. “The Teen & Trucks Program is essential for all new drivers. Knowing the facts and talking about safe driving practices is very important. This is especially true when it comes to driving around large trucks and buses. So it is important for drivers to understand these vehicles and the difference in their handling characteristics compared to passenger cars. We’re happy to be involved in this program that helps educate our local kids on how to be safe drivers.”

NHMTA’s main goal is to promote a safe motor transport system that will serve the citizens of New Hampshire reliably, efficiently, safely, and economically.  NHMTA has been involved in the Teens & Trucks program for 10 years. This is the first year Dead River has participated in the program.

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