America's Road Team Warns Against Distracted Driving at the Portland International Auto Show

Jan 29, 2010, 10:02 ET from American Trucking Associations

Elite Professional Drivers Also Offer Winter Driving Tips

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- America's Road Team, professional truck drivers with millions of accident-free miles, today brought ATA's new high-tech image trailer to the Portland International Auto Show to discuss the dangers of distracted driving and offer winter driving tips to show attendees.


The Portland International Auto Show provided the perfect backdrop for the team of professional drivers to share their message of road safety and how essential it is to remain focused on the road. The Captains also discussed the importance of creating safe driving habits in order to keep all motorists safe on the road.

"Being at the Portland Auto Show offers an opportunity to reach a great number of people," said Greg Nauretz, a professional truck driver from YRC.  "When talking to people about the dangers of distracted driving and how even a two second break in concentration can cause an accident – you see it makes an impact."

Featured at today's event were America's Road Team Captains Rich Ewing, Greg Nauretz, Jeff Thompson and Ron VanBibber. These drivers are members of an elite team of million-mile, accident-free truck drivers who deliver the trucking industry's safety messages across the country. The Captains will continue to provide driving tips during the auto show, ending Jan. 31. For more information on the Portland International Auto Show, including show hours, visit  

The America's Road Team, sponsored by Volvo Trucks North America, is a national public outreach program led by a small group of professional truck drivers who share superior driving skills, remarkable safety records and a strong desire to spread the word about safety on the highway.

The ATA Image Trailer, which was donated to ATA by GE Trailer Fleet Services, travels the United States visiting State Capitols, high schools, community events and more. The 53-foot custom drop deck show trailer, fully wrapped in an American flag themed graphic, features a mobile conference room with seven projection screens, educational displays and room for interactive trucking demonstrations. The trailer is pulled by a Volvo VN780 tractor, donated by Volvo Trucks North America.

The American Trucking Associations is the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. Through a federation of other trucking groups, industry-related conferences, and its 50 affiliated state trucking associations, ATA represents more than 37,000 members covering every type of motor carrier in the United States.

SOURCE American Trucking Associations