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Our Plan to Share The Road Safely with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree

For the fourth consecutive year, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Our Roads, Our Safety program is supporting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree’s national journey to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. while raising awareness about sharing the road safely with large trucks and buses.

This year, the tree will travel from Fletcher, North Carolina to the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. thanks to the two truck drivers, husband-and-wife-team Ed and Deborah, who are making a plan for safety on their journey.

Learn more about the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree or plan a visit to see the tree up close at one of the whistlestops along the route by visiting www.uscapitolchristmastree.com.

Truck drivers take pride in delivering important goods across the nation year-round. When you’re on the road this holiday season, remember to drive carefully around these large vehicles, and give them the space they need to continue their vital role in transporting our country’s goods.

Step 1: Be Aware of Big Blind Spots

Large trucks—like the one carrying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree—have huge blind spots on all four sides. If you’re on the road and you can’t see the truck driver’s face in their mirror, they probably can’t see you. It’s important to stay out of blind spots.

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Step 2: Leave Space for Long Stopping Distance

Fully loaded trucks are extremely heavy and need more time and distance to stop than smaller vehicles. It’s important to avoid cutting too closely in front of a moving truck, so that they have enough space to slow down and stop.

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Step 3: Watch for Wide Turns

Large trucks don’t maneuver like passenger vehicles and need extra space to make their wide turns. The best place to be on the road when a truck is turning is either in front of them or behind them.

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Step 4: Spread Cheer and Safety this Holiday Season

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

Spread Cheer Section Coloring Sheet

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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. 
  • Find information and activities to help future drivers from the Kid Zone and Teen Zone
  • Learn more about the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and follow its journey.
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Last updated: Monday, November 7, 2022