February 24, 2024

car driverCOLUMBUS, Ohio– During the holiday season, Ohio’s world-class transportation system will be heavily relied upon as travelers visit family and friends. Ohio ranks fifth as one of the most highly traveled states in the country.

As more motorists share the road with commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) offers these tips to help drivers understand and practice safe procedures around CMVs to ensure a safe and happy holiday travel season.


  • Stay visible. Just as cars have blind spots, motor carriers have blind spots too. If you cannot see the truck driver or their mirrors, chances are he or she cannot see you.
  • Pay attention. Remember to drive near motor carriers differently than you would other vehicles, as they do not have the same maneuverability as you. This is especially important when driving in wintery conditions such as ice or snow.
  • Avoid aggressive driving. Avoid temptations of driving too fast for conditions, changing lanes improperly or tailgating.
  • Stay alert when driving next to motor carriers. Even if you are driving cautiously, there is always one thing you have no ability to control and that is other drivers. Be aware of other drivers and always expect the unexpected.
  • If you own a truck, and are going to be transporting any large items during the holiday season, then it is strongly recommended that you invest in a high-quality tonneau cover. It is not uncommon for items to shift in a truck bed, but a bed cover can easily prevent this from occurring. By keeping everything in its place, a tonneau cover saves the truck owner the loss that may result from things knocking against others, or spilling on the road and getting damaged or lost. Moreover, you can learn more about some of the most popular pickup truck bed covers by taking a look at Carlypso’s tonneau cover list.

The PUCO is committed to improving road safety for Ohioans by ensuring the safe operation of CMVs in Ohio. Motor carrier companies that transport commerce and operate in Ohio must remain in compliance with all federal and state safety regulations that are administered by the PUCO, Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The PUCO and the Ohio State Highway Patrol regularly perform thorough inspections of commercial vehicles and professional drivers to ensure Ohio’s highways remain safe for drivers.

For more information on motor carrier safety, contact the PUCO at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) or visit the motor carrier industry section of www.PUCO.ohio.gov.