From the ATA: recommendations for driving through areas of unrest
Ongoing protests across our nation have put professional drivers and motor carriers on the frontline. These situations also pose another set of challenges, in which staying safe is priority for drivers who find themselves operating in an area of unrest and potential unrest.
The American Trucking Associations, ATA Safety Management Council (SMC) and the ATA Transportation Security Council (TSC) provide the following recommendations for these drivers to protect themselves by taking key safety and security precautions.
Driver safety and security recommendations per the SMC and TSC
- Immediately call 911 to report any emergency situation to local law enforcement.
- Avoid areas of unrest. Exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
- Plan for road closures. If your route brings you through an area that has seen protests, check the local news, with your dispatcher, or the safety department to make sure interstates and roads along the route are open and the area you are delivering to is safe.
- Contact the delivery location for current and timely situations and conditions. Traffic conditions are constantly changing.
- Remain in regular communication with your dispatcher to provide travel updates.
- Plan ahead, try to make deliveries in areas of unrest during the day, at night park in well-lit, safe areas.
- Assess every situation prior to exiting the cab of your truck. If danger or exposure to large gatherings in the form of protest exist, abort delivery operations.
- Conduct thorough pre-trip inspections before departing domiciled locations; eliminate maintenance breakdowns from the equation.
- Always keep doors locked and windows closed. Remove keys from unattended vehicles and ensure trailer locking and latching mechanisms are functioning properly.
- If you encounter a gathering, stop your vehicle and do not drive through. Avoid any interaction and do not provoke the group.
- If available, utilize your in-cab camera in an unsafe situation to document your surroundings.
- Maintain continuous contact with your dispatcher and safety department for specific operating procedures and follow company policy.