American Moving & Storage Association Comments on GPS and Bridge Accidents for Good Morning America
March 6, 2015
Regarding “GMA Investigates: Bridge Accidents” from Scott Michael, President and CEO of the American Moving and Storage Association (AMSA), which represents the professional moving industry, including interstate moving and storage companies, local movers, international movers, industry suppliers, and state association members.
“Anyone considering a do-it-yourself move needs to understand they are taking a number of potentially serious risks with their personal safety and the safety of their possessions. That’s why the American Moving and Storage Association encourages consumers to trust their move to a professional mover.
Professional moving and storage drivers hold a Commercial Driver’s License and are trained to operate large vehicles. They also are well aware of the hazards that accompany the operation of these vehicles on our nation’s highways and in neighborhood communities.
The average consumer is not accustomed to operating a large truck, even one that is intended for general use and does not require a special license. Maneuvering these vehicles through neighborhoods, communities and in highly populated areas presents challenges that can lead to traffic accidents, including bridge strikes, which result in property damage and personal injury.
Professional movers and drivers also use truck-specific GPS systems that identify safe and efficient routes for vehicles of various sizes and are specifically programmed to avoid narrow roads and low-clearance areas such as bridges. These professional truck-specific GPS systems, such as Rand McNally’s IntelliRoute system, differ in many ways from standard automobile GPS systems, and include many additional features not found in the basic consumer products.
Truck GPS systems allow professional drivers to customize their route based on size of the vehicle; bridge height and weight restrictions; legal restrictions imposed by state and local governments for trucks; steep grades and curves that affect the driving of trucks; and construction and weather-related warnings.
The GPS you use for your car is simply not enough to ensure a safe and legal move.
Members of the professional moving industry take safety very seriously, and AMSA provides a range of educational offerings throughout the year to address safety issues. This includes an annual Safety & Operations Conference with presentations from federal regulators and safe-driving experts, and free online training for members on safety issues, including how to avoid bridge strikes using the latest technology and navigation systems.
AMSA also works with industry partners and stakeholders such as Rand McNally, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the U.S. Department of Transportation, elected officials, and state governments to assist in educating industry professionals on the proper use of GPS navigation systems.
It’s important that when weighing their options, consumers choose a professional mover, especially an AMSA-certified ProMover that meets exacting standards for quality, safety and professionalism. Consumers can quickly and easily find a ProMover at Moving.org.”
The American Moving & Storage Association (AMSA), home of the ProMover program, is the national trade association representing the nation’s moving and storage companies, which provide household goods moving services, specialized transportation for sensitive freight such as computers and trade show exhibits, and warehouse storage services. AMSA has approximately 4,000 members, including domestic and international companies and industry suppliers, and supports programs and activities that promote consumer protection, professional development, safety, and operational efficiency. Find out more at ProMover.org and Moving.org.