NATSO Foundation Launches Online Training Course Focused on Helping Drivers in Distress

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The NATSO Foundation today launched a new online course in the "How Truckstops Help People" educational series. Titled "How Truckstops Help Drivers in Distress," the 30-minute course is designed to promote highway safety by teaching truckstop owners, operators and employees how to assist someone who may be experiencing physical, emotional or financial distress at their location.

"How Truckstops Help Drivers in Distress" marks the third online learning tool in a suite of four courses designed to help teach members of the truckstop and travel plaza industry how to respond to requests for help from people in need of assistance in various life-threatening scenarios.

"Anything that distracts a driver from the primary task of driving significantly increases the chance of a driver being involved in a crash," said NATSO Foundation Chairman Jenny Love Meyer. "Truckstop and travel plaza employees have the ability to help drivers manage or eliminate driving distractions before they are on the Interstate. Whether it's placing a call to emergency services, helping a driver who is unable to continue on as the operator of a vehicle or making drivers aware of resources, truckstops and travel plazas have an important role to play."

"How Truckstops Help Drivers in Distress" is available on the NATSO Foundation's new learning management system free of charge so that any member of the truckstop and travel plaza industry can leverage this educational resource. The course can be accessed at

The NATSO Foundation developed its online learning initiative in an effort to strengthen the nation's truckstop and travel plaza industry by delivering comprehensive educational and safety training materials to truckstop owners, operators and employees.

The first two modules titled "The Role of Truckstops in Combating Human Trafficking" and "How Truckstops Help the Homeless" launched earlier this year. A fourth course planned for the "How Truckstops Help People" series will focus on how to help drivers during a natural disaster.

While the NATSO Foundation's online education courses are available to anyone in the nation's truckstop and travel plaza community, a userID and password to NATSO's website is required. Users unsure of their NATSO website log-in or in need of an account can contact NATSO's Manager of Travel Plaza Member Services Kimberly Roberts at 703-739-8573 or



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