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ATA offers truck driver security suggestions

Since the trucking industry is a potential target for terrorists and cargo thieves, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) offers these suggestions for truck drivers to avoid being victimized while on the road:

  • Have proper photo identification and shipping documents. Be prepared to be stopped often by law enforcement officials.

  • Maintain regular communications with your dispatcher.

  • Report any suspicious activities to the local police — if an emergency, contact 911.

  • Vary your route when possible. Park in areas where other truckers are present.

  • Do not stop on dark roadways or in deserted areas while waiting to make deliveries.

  • Use reputable truck stops along your route.

  • If possible, drive in tandem.

  • When possible, go directly to your delivery point without making any stops.

  • Don't take your load home or park in an unsecured area such as a parking lot or mall.

  • Be aware of vehicles that are following your truck and of strangers asking you questions.

  • Be suspicious of individuals asking you to stop as a result of an alleged traffic accident. If unsure whether an accident has occurred, drive to a police station or to a well-lit busy location before stopping.

  • Always lock your tractor doors and make sure all trailer and container doors are secured with a heavy-duty padlock.

  • Keep your tractor windows rolled up.

  • Don't talk about your load on the CB radio.

  • Don't pick up hitchhikers.

  • Remain aware of your surroundings at all times.

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