Arriving Alive

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Street Smarts: A Guide for a Truck Driver's Personal Safety

About the author:
Starting as a child when she learned that pumping her arm could make a trucker blow his air horn, Sandy Long has had a love affair with trucks to this day. She began driving a truck herself in 1972 and has been traveling this country's highways and byways since then racking up millions of safely driven miles.

While Long has been active in trucking issues for years, she became an online presence in 2005 when she was asked to be a contributing writer for after she started her yahoo group Trailer Truckin' Tech to work with new and prospective drivers. Since then, Long has contributed articles to Landline Magazine, Canadian Trucking Magazine,,,,, and

Seeing a need for personal safety for truckers to be addressed Long wrote her first book Street Smarts: A Guide for a Truck Driver's Personal Safety ( and published it in May, 2010. From the response to that book, Long wrote Arriving Alive, Personal Safety and Driving Tips for Motorists to assist the non trucking driving public. Long says about her works, "Personal safety is little addressed but a big factor in highway safety in general for both truckers and non trucking motorists. It is up to the driver/traveler to keep themselves safe. With my experience as a woman trucker along with being a traveler outside of the truck, I felt I was uniquely suited to address these issues"

Long is a life member of OOIDA (Owner Operator Independent Driver Association) and the Women In Trucking Association where she is on the driver advisory committee. She owns her yahoo group Trailer Truckin' Tech, her website and is active on Facebook and her various blog sites.

She lives in Northern Missouri and drives for a regional company out of Kansas City Missouri. Her traveling companion is a poodle/Jack Russell dog named Lillian Russell.

Sandy Long can be contacted at

Arriving Alive

Personal Safety and Driving Tips for Motorists

Authored by Sandy Long

This is a book on how to avoid becoming a victim of crime on the highways, how to share the road with semi trucks and general driving tips.

Excerpts from Arriving Alive:

"Stopping for another broken down traveler is human nature, but it is very unsafe to do. There is a big scam that has been around for years it goes like this: a car is sitting on the shoulder with the hood up. A woman is standing by the car looking desperate. You stop to assist. A man jumps out from the bushes or from under the car and robs you.

In recent times, this scam has been reported having 2 women do the robbing instead of a woman and a man. It is better to dial 911 and report a disabled vehicle than to stop.

This year, a new scam has started being reported. You stop at a rest area; as you leave another car waves and honks at you indicating you may have a flat or whatever. When you stop on the shoulder, they pull in behind you and either rob you or steal your car."

"Injuries from traffic crashes provide high numbers. Passenger cars and light trucks; 2007: 2,491,000, 2006: 2,575,000 (yes, those numbers are millions), against the amount of people injured in traffic crashes involving large trucks: 23,000 for both 2007 and 2006 (this does not differentiate whether it was truck drivers injured or other type vehicle occupants). Motorcycles causing injury again come in with high numbers; 2007: 103,000 against 88,000 in 2006."

Safety starts in the driver's seat. Buy Arriving Alive today and learn how to be safe both personally and while driving on the highways and byways of America!

Publication Date:
145364542X / 9781453645420
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Transportation / General

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