July 28, 2014
There are a multitude of distractions in our world. It takes a real effort to reduce these distractions and focus exclusively on the task of driving when you are behind the wheel. Texting while driving gets a lot of attention as a serious distraction, but anything that takes your focus off the road is a distraction. For more information, statistics and public service videos on distracted driving, check out www.distraction.gov.
Even Mater from the CARS movies knows that only bad guys drive distracted. http://youtu.be/i_Yna_VYECg
Beautiful land, that’s the definition of the word Iowa (according to the 1987 General Assembly). Summer is half way over, but there’s still a lot of time to get out and enjoy the treasures Iowa has to offer. The Iowa DOT is making exploring the state’s beauty a little easier by designating routes as scenic or heritage byways. Today, Iowa has nine state-designated byways and two nationally designated byways.
Iowa’s interstates are a vital link to freight movement, not just within our state, but throughout the entire country and beyond. Learning how to safely share the road with semis is especially important for those who drive on the interstates frequently.
Here are a few tips when sharing the road with semis:
And most importantly:
Here is a link to a video sponsored by the California DOT that gives an excellent description of the “No Zone” from a truck driver’s point of view.
Last year you may remember celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Iowa DOT and another famous auto trail—the Lincoln Highway. But did you realize the first official state route in Iowa was actually another lesser-known stretch of road?
Yep, it was the Great White Way, also known as The White Pole Road.
To build a better world, that’s the mission of Engineers Without Borders-USA. When you hear that someone wants to build a better world, what does that look like to you? To Justin Sencer, transportation engineer manager in the Office of Bridges and Structures, it looks like a better and safer water system for a small African village of Ullo, Ghana.
This summer’s construction season is in full swing with many work zones across Iowa. As you drive through a work zone, please be sure to obey traffic signs and speed limits. Speed limits are set lower to protect workers improving our roads and other motorists. Remember work zones are someone else’s office and everyone deserves a safe place to work.
For a parody comparing work zones and a typical day in the office check out this PSA put together by our friends at the Virginia DOT http://youtu.be/9fPVyUzynY0
We hope you had a great weekend celebrating our nation's birthday with neighbors, friends and family. Those fun times remind us how much we care about those around us. Make sure you are around for the next celebration. Buckle up - every seat, every time.