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Share Our Roads Safely with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

The 2020 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree safely traveled from the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests in Colorado to the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. thanks to the two truck drivers who practiced safety precautions along the journey. Hear from the drivers themselves about why it’s important to give large trucks and buses extra space, and how we can all share the road safely.

Carrying the Load and Delivering Delight, Safely

Truck drivers carry the load for our country and keep our economy moving. During this holiday season, they’ll carry on with the gifts of joy, hope, and the promise of maintaining holiday traditions. One tradition that won’t be lost this year: truck drivers delivering the spirit of the holidays, safely, to our nation’s capital with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.

Help thank our nation’s truck drivers this holiday season by sharing Truck Driver Appreciation graphics.

Give Large Trucks the Space They Need

Commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) like the one that transported “The People’s Tree” from Colorado to Washington, D.C. are – BIG. Like other vehicles, large trucks have their own safety challenges, so make sure you’re aware and sharing the road safely.

Longer Stopping Distance

It can take the truck that carried this year’s tree the length of two football fields to stop. These trucks are heavy, so when you’re on the road, never cut in front and give them the space they need to stop.

Longer Stopping Distance


Bigger Blind Spots

Large trucks, like the one that carried this year’s tree, have huge blind spots on all four sides. Be mindful that truck drivers might not be able to see you, so take extra care when passing or being passed by a large truck.

Bigger Blind Spots


Wider Turns

Heavy, large vehicles like the one that delivered this year’s tree don’t maneuver like passenger vehicles and need extra space to turn. Never squeeze by a large truck when you’re sharing the road, especially when they are turning.

Wider Turns


Want more tips on sharing the road safely with large vehicles? Hear first-hand testimonials from truck drivers, bus drivers, and other road users through our Voices of Safety campaign.

Spread Cheer and Safety this Holiday Season

Learning about road safety happens at all ages. Print out our holiday coloring activity and learn how everyone can be safe on our roads this holiday season.

Spread Cheer Section Coloring Sheet


Additional Resources

  • For more information about how to share the road safely with large trucks and buses, explore the Our Roads, Our Safety website.
  • Find and share campaign materials, social graphics, videos, and more from the Outreach Toolkit.
  • Follow the Our Roads, Our Safety Facebook page for news, safety messages, and additional materials from our partners.
  • Learn more about the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and follow its journey.
  • Find more coloring pages to experience your nature, from Choose Outdoors and the U.S. Forest Service.
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Last updated: Thursday, December 17, 2020