September 17, 2018
With nearly 20,000 trucking companies operating on Iowa’s 114,383 miles of roadways, it’s a pretty good bet you’ll encounter a large truck just about any time you’re on the road. Next time you come upon a semi, take a minute to think about the professional driver behind the wheel. Remember that their visibility is quite different than that of a four or two-wheeled vehicle. Make sure to give them the room they need to adequately see you and safely maneuver down the road.
When you were a teenager, did you think it was torture to have to ride with your grandparents? Most grandparents have been driving for many years and have likely learned some valuable lessons along the way. Obeying the speed limit, buckling up, and not driving aggressively are just a few of the reasons Nana and Papa may still be around to give you a ride to basketball practice or a friend’s house.
Take this scenario for instance. Someone hauling a large piece of equipment forgets to lower the boom. You can imagine the damage that can cause when the truck goes under a bridge that isn’t as tall as the equipment. If the bridge is one of ours, this all-too-common scenario starts a chain of events within the Iowa Department of Transportation that either benefits from or impacts the work you do every day, whether you realize it or not.