Education & Technical Assistance (ETA) – Guide to Improving Highway Safety

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has produced “A Motor Carrier’s Guide to Improving Highway Safety” for Education and Technical Assistance Program.
The overall goal is to improve the safe transportation of passengers and goods on the nation’s highways, through a coordinated effort of Federal, State, and industry organizations to reduce fatalities, injuries, property damage and Hazardous Materials incidents.
 This training basically is comprised of some parts, each containing a specific safety regulation topic that is covered in the FMCSRs. Each part contains information sheets that cover the highlights of that specific section.
 It is the responsibility of motor carrier operators and drivers to know and comply with all applicable FMCSRs. Safety compliance and safe operations translate into saved lives and property. We believe the information in this field, when effectively applied, will contribute to safer motor carrier operations and highways.
 Motor vehicle crashes are complex events. Usually they involve two or more vehicles. Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash. They include driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway condition and traffic signaling, and weather conditions. Other elements may take place immediately before a crash, such as a decision to turn in traffic, a tire blowout, or snow. Crash reconstruction experts rarely conclude that crashes are the result of a single factor.
 Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall so education and technical assistance must be provided in this case. Although their presence does not always result in a crash, these three factors, as well as other driver, vehicle, and environmental factors, can increase the risk that a crash will occur.