Playing it Safe for a few dollars
The DOT mandates that all road construction crews wear an approved Safety Vest when conducting any operations on roads or highways. Although, the DOT does not currently mandate that a driver wear a safety vest it is one of the best and cheapest investments you can make to stay safe. A safety vest is extremely important anytime you step out of a vehicle to check a load, perform any repairs, and when in a Loading Zone. Due to the fact that the DOT does not currently mandate a safety vest for drivers, you can wear an off-the-shelf standard Reflective Safety Vest that can be purchased locally or online for under 10 dollars.
More than 38,000 people die every year in accidents on U.S. roadways. Many are killed or seriously injured when standing or working outside of a vehicle on a road or freeway. Law Enforcement Officers, Fire/EMI, Tow Truck Drivers, and any one dealing with a vehicle issue are at high risk of being killed or seriously injured anytime outside the vehicle, day or night, in good conditions or bad.
Playing it safe and investing in a safety vest for yourself and anyone that might be aiding you when outside of a vehicle, whether on the road or in a loading zone is just smart and good business.
Remember, we can never be too safe, so play it safe.
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