AAMVA Adopts U-Haul Safe Towing Practices for Driver’s License Handbook

PHOENIX and ARLINGTON, Va., August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators® (AAMVA) has incorporated U-Haul Safe Trailering® best practices into the latest version of its Model Driver’s License Handbook, which is used as part of its non-commercial model driver test system (NMDTS).

AAMVA develops and maintains the NMDTS for use by automotive agencies to help test new drivers.

The updated AAMVA Model Driver’s License Handbook includes a section dedicated to safe towing, with content provided by the moving and self-storage industry leader of its renowned U Program. -Haul Safe Trailering Driver Education. The program provides towing education to the North American public with the goal of preventing injuries, hazards and fatalities on our roads.

“The towing business has expanded every year, and the need for safety education has increased accordingly,” said Joe Cook, Vice President of Government Relations at U-Haul. “We are proud to partner with the AAMVA to provide practical towing information and basic guidelines for new drivers. Almost everyone is exposed to trailer towing in one form or another. Understanding the elements involved is essential for safety. With U-Haul Safe Trailering content adopted in AAMVA best practices, jurisdictions can impart necessary information to new drivers before they begin towing.”

U-Haul®’s involvement and cooperation with AAMVA spans decades in what began as an effort to facilitate vehicle registration reciprocity that would be fair to the transportation industry and jurisdictions. members. Since 1959, U-Haul has partnered with AAMVA to sponsor and host the traditional Past Presidents/Presidents Breakfast at AAMVA International and Regional Conferences.

“The AAMVA and our members are committed to promoting road safety and preparing drivers to be safe when behind the wheel,” said Anne Ferro, CEO of AAMVA. “The new guidelines in our model driver’s license manual, including new information on safe towing developed with our partners at U-Haul, will strengthen our already strong training material and bring us closer to achieving our goal. safe drivers, safe vehicles and secure identities. , Saving lives.”

The NMDTS establishes uniformity across jurisdictions for non-commercial operator testing and provides a basic information base for driver’s manuals and instruction guides for Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) parents. The development and maintenance of the NMDTS ensures that new drivers receive appropriate information on safe operating practices and are tested to determine if they have the minimum knowledge and skills to enter the driver licensing system.

Chrissy NizerDirector of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and Chairman of the AAMVA International Board of Directors, said, “AAMVA members nationwide take their responsibility to train new drivers very seriously, knowing that the risk of accident in the first few years of driving is much New guidelines provided in our Model Driver’s License Handbook and Non-Commercial Model Driver’s Test System, including information on safe towing, are essential in helping our members do their jobs to ensure that everyone who receives their license is ready for the road.”

The U-Haul Safe Trailering initiative caters to a variety of audiences, including driver education professionals, highway safety offices, law enforcement agencies, youth safety groups and general public security organizers. As a corporate member of the American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) and the National Student Safety Program (NSSP), U-Haul continues its long-standing commitment to encouraging the study and teaching of safe towing .

U-Haul provides all educational materials and experiences 100% free to government, education, and industry groups as a public service. The primary way U-Haul achieves this is with the Marco Garcia Tow Demonstrator, a visual teaching aid that features a one-tenth scale car on a running treadmill; a weight bar attached to the car, representing a trailer; and a wheel at the end of the treadmill for guests to steer the car.

VIDEO: Demonstrator teaches U-Haul Safe Trailering best practices

When properly loaded with 60% of the cargo weight towards the front of the trailer (in front of the axle), the wheel can spin sharply and the trailer stays behind the car. But when loaded incorrectly with too much weight in the rear, the demonstrator shows how a sharp turn causes the trailer to fishtail, whipping it around and potentially creating a catastrophic towing scenario.

To learn how the U-Haul Safe Trailering program can be your safe towing resource, please email [email protected].

About U-HAUL

Since 1945, U-Haul has been the #1 choice of DIY movers, with a network of more than 23,000 locations in all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul Truck Share 24/7 provides secure access to U-Haul trucks every hour of every day with the option to dispatch customers to their smartphones and our exclusive Live Verify technology. Our customer base has grown the U-Haul fleet to approximately 186,000 trucks, 128,000 trailers and 46,000 towing devices. U-Haul is the third largest self-storage operator in North America and offers 895,000 rental storage units and 76.6 million square feet of self-storage space in owned and managed facilities. U-Haul is the largest propane retailer in the United States and continues to be the largest installer of permanent trailer hitches in the automotive aftermarket industry. U-Haul has been repeatedly recognized as one of the top “Best for Vets” employers and was recently named one of the 15 Healthiest Workplaces in America. uhaul.com


Founded in 1933, AAMVA serves North American motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies to accomplish their missions. The Association’s vision of safe drivers, safe vehicles, secure identities, that saves lives guides AAMVA’s activities, resources and programs in driver licensing, credentialing/registration of vehicles, road transport services, identity management and technology solutions. For more information, visit www.aamva.org.

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