Commercial Motor Vehicle Awareness

RESPECT THE LOAD. SHARE THE ROAD.

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) are an important part of our nation’s economy and have a large presence on Missouri's highways. They weigh 80,000 pounds and  carry the products we need.

While CMVs do contribute to some traffic crashes, research shows that too many drivers of passenger cars, especially young people ages 18 to 24 years old, unnecessarily endanger themselves due to inattention or reckless driving around large trucks and buses .

CMV drivers are professional drivers who practice defensive driving. They must pay attention to the job at hand and watch people in other lanes so they can react if necessary. All drivers need to practice safe driving and share the road with large trucks and buses.

Large trucks and buses (commercial motor vehicles or CMVs) have large blind spots, long stopping distances, and limited maneuverability that makes it vital for other drives to focus on safety.

Follow these 'rules of the road':

  1. Stay out of the "No Zone". Large trucks and buses have blind spots on all four sides. If you can't see the driver in the vehicle side mirror, assume the driver can't see you. Don't drive in a blind spot - slow down or move ahead to stay visible and take extra care when merging.
  2. Pass Safely. Make sure you can see the driver in the vehicle mirror. Signal clearly, then move into the left lane, and accelerate so that you can get past the truck or bus safely and pass promptly. Don't linger in the blind spot. Make sure the truck or bus is visible in your rearview mirror before you pull in front; give it extra space. Don't pass trucks or buses on a downgrade where they tend to pick up speed, and never pass from the right lane.
  3. Don't Cut It Close. It's especially dangerous to "cut off" a truck or bus. If you move in quickly, you'll likely be in a blind spot. Even if you're visible, the truck or bus may not be able to slow quickly to avoid a crash because of the amount of time it takes to stop.
  4. Stay Back. Tailgating a commercial truck or bus puts you in a blind spot. Because trucks are high off the ground, your vehicle could slide (or get pushed) under a truck in a crash. Stay back when stopped, particularly on an upgrade, where a truck or bus might roll back.
  5. Anticipate Wide Turns. Commercial trucks and buses need extra turning room. They swing wide or may start a turn from a middle lane. Never try to squeeze by or get between a turning vehicle and the curb.
  6. Buckle Up. Using a safety belt is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to save lives. Make sure kids always ride in the back seat, buckled up or in car seats. #BUPD
  7. Stay Focused. If you need to attend to anything except driving, get off the road and stop. Driving distracted is as dangerous as driving impaired.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) shares the desire to promote safe driving around large trucks and has developed a video and other materials to share with teens. Go to www.TeensandTrucks.com or call 1-800-800-2358 to find out more information about how you can help share the message.

CMV drivers should also do their part by resting up, obeying speed limits and signs, avoiding distractions and buckling up.

CMV drivers are required by federal and state law to wear their seat belt. Failure to do so will result in a citation and affects both the driver’s and the company's safety score. Results of the 2016 seat belt survey revealed that more CMV drivers are buckling up. Seat belt usage rose from 58.79 percent in 2004 to 73.4 percent in 2008 to 82.8 percent in 2016.

2019 Statistics
144 People
killed in 2019 crashes involving CMVs.
19 Percent
killed in 2019 were occupants of CMVs.
45 Percent
of CMV drivers who were killed in 2019 were unbelted.
25 Percent
of those seriously injured in 2019 were occupants of CMVs.
Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)
*As of 9/30/20; please note the 2019 data is still preliminary and is subject to change
2018 Statistics
147 People
killed in 2018 crashes involving CMVs.
21 Percent
killed in 2018 were occupants of CMVs.
50 Percent
of CMV drivers who were killed in 2018 were unbelted.
25 Percent
of those seriously injured in 2018 were occupants of CMVs.
Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs)

Campaign Videos

Respect the Load. Share the Road.

CMV 2020 (English) 

Respect the Load. Share the Road.

CMV 2020 (Spanish) 

Respect the Load. Share the Road.

CMV 2020 (Captioned) 

Respect the Load. Share the Road.

CMV 2018-2019 (English) 

Respect the Load. Share the Road.

CMV 2018-2019 (Spanish) 

 Respect the Load. Share the Road.

CMV 2018-2019, Long Version (English & Captioned)

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