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Students learn safe driving skills from big rig drivers

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HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) -

Students at a Region 8 high school got a hands-on look at sharing the road with big trucks Friday.

The Arkansas Road Team visited Harrisburg High School to present its Share the Road Campaign.

Danny Fuller, a big truck driver and Arkansas Road Team member, said this program is all about teaching drivers of all ages how to share the road with 18-wheelers.

Fuller and his partner brought a big truck to Harrisburg High School to show students what it’s like to drive in such a large vehicle, specifically looking at blind spots.

“We’ll put them up in the tractor and set in our seat where we actually sit and look out the mirrors to see the cars that’s sitting around the truck,” Fuller said.

Fuller said they received a grant to put on this program and have already visited several schools and organizations.

“You'll see that one child that you'll say the light just came on and they realized they've been driving in those blind spots or that their mom or dad has been driving in those blind spots,” Fuller said. “That's the one life you probably know you just saved.”

Fuller said that makes this entire program worth it.

After a short presentation, students were able to sit in the truck and see for themselves how vehicles appear at certain angles.

Fuller said they have several more schools to visit this year and would love to bring the presentation to anyone who’s interested.

To get the Arkansas Road Team to your school or organization free of charge, email roadteam@arkansastrucking.com or call the Arkansas Trucking Association at 501-372-3462.

You can also learn more about safe driving at www.arkansastrucking.com/safety.

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