Summer travel: Safety steps to keep in on the road

PADUCAH — We now know what investigators say caused a deadly crash involving a semitrailer last week on Interstate 69 south in Marshall County, Kentucky.

A police report says the driver of the tractor-trailer fell asleep at the wheel. He died in the crash.

Many of you may be getting on the road for a summer trip. There are some ways you can prevent accidents.

Amy Fisher was driving through the Local 6 area Wednesday from Louisiana for work. She said her day starts at 7 a.m., and she’ll drive until after the sun goes down.

“Today I will stop at my usual — 11 o’clock tonight,” said Fisher.

Whether it’s for work or vacation, pacing yourself is important during a long drive. Fisher takes breaks throughout her trips to make sure she doesn’t get too tired.

“I don’t push it,” said Fisher. “If I’m driving down the road and my mind is wondering or I’m getting sleepy or that sort of thing, there’s a welcome station or there’s a rest stop.”

A new study by Drivers Ed shows 71% of drivers admitted to drowsy driving, but that’s not the only issue. We spoke to Fred Myers with Fred Myers School of driving, and he says it’s important to get rid of distractions while behind the wheel.

“We can text message and talk on the phone, work with radios and the music and stuff like this, entertain our passengers in the car — they’re watching movies and things like this. You get involved in it also,” said Myers. When you’re paying attention to those things, you’re not paying attention to the road.

The study also found 31% of drivers admit to checking their phones while behind the wheel. Fisher drives through several states with different laws on phones.

“When I come into a state, it’s got a sign that says ‘We are a hands-free state,’ and I respect that,” Fisher. She does it to protect herself and other drivers around her.