Things Flatbed Shipping Companies should Consider before hitting the road.

Alabama produces less than 5% of the nation’s total crops, including cotton that is still an important crop. Other crops are peanuts, corn for grain  and are all grown in Alabama but when it comes to flatbed shipping  drivers have to remember that Alabama has some of the most dangerous highways in the United States better known as Alabama’s ‘Highway to Hell and according to  the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released their annual report naming Alabama’s ‘Highway to Hell’ one of the world’s most dangerous Highways.

US-431

Alabama’s “Highway to Hell” is marked in red.

Data from the study featuring the world’s most dangerous and deadliest roads. Alabama’s US 431 was given a score of 4 out of 10 on the “fear factor” scale. Driving experiences.com said the primary cause of hazards on the highway are “poor visibility, high speeds and sudden 2-4 lane changes that can be deadly when flatbed shipping companies move their loads. There were 33,808 road deaths in the United States last year, and US 431 was the country’s 4th most deadly road.

Things Flatbed Shipping Companies should Consider before hitting the road

Some way to avoid accidents and be safer when driving is Take care on the road by following these tips

    • Always wear your seat belt, regardless of how far you’re driving.
    • Children must be in the right type of car or booster seat for their age and height.
    • Obey traffic signs and signals.
    • Leave the phone down — texting and driving can be deadly.
    • Don’t drink and drive.
    • Taking breaks on long trips. Alabama asks drivers to stop for a break approximately every two hours or 100 miles.

Millions of drivers in Alabama will back the car in reverse and head out for their daily Business.  A great deal of thought as to where they will drive, and for most never consider the safety of the roads or the bridges we cross.

That’s how driving in Alabama for more than two decades and today, is done, Alabamians drive on some of the worst-maintained roads in the country if not the world.  Some statistics are indisputable and the evidence, is certainly enough to worry us about our own family’s safety. Alabama’s school buses are frequently forced to detour leading to hundreds of unsafe bridges that are so dangerous that they have even failed federal and state review standards.  School Children spend way too long bouncing and slamming in the bus seats because Alabama has ignored the problem for far too long leaving children riding in unsafe conditions, and in some cases leading to Injuries.

Alabama depends on farming income to support the local economy and in almost every city and town, Alabama’s roads should be one of the best in the nation.. But, that isn’t always the case. Alabama’s road fatality rate is the worst in the country.  Most Alabamians have probably read and heard much about new efforts to repair roads and bridges all over the state. The project is called ATRIP the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) initiated by Gov. Robert Bentley. This project will make $1.2 billion available by issuing bonds funded by the gasoline and diesel fuel tax of 3-cents per gallon. This temporary adjustment in the tax rate will pay dividends in every community in the state. No money can go to salaries, or equipment, it will cost will cost everyone a little extra money, but only a little.  If you drive 12,000 miles a year you’ll pay $1.50 per month.  Nobody wants to spend any more money, but is there really any other solution to improve safety to Alabama’s transportation system and flatbed shipping?