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Supporting small business, getting home safely

Supporting small business, getting home safely

The turkey is now leftovers. The excitement of Black Friday doorbusters at national retailers is giving way to a calmer holiday weekend. What now? 

We at DOT have two recommendations: Small Business Saturday, and safe, patient travel on Sunday.

As holiday gift season settles in, Small Business Saturday is a way to celebrate and support the small businesses that anchor our local communities and strengthen our economy.

America’s 28 million small businesses create two out of every three new private sector jobs and are critical to our national economy, with half of working Americans either owning or working for a small business. They're also critical to your local economy, and when you spend at a small business near you, you can do so knowing that more of what you spend will stay in your community.

Once again this year, Obama Administration leaders will honor Small Business Saturday by visiting businesses in their communities, including Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. Watch our Twitter feed to see what hometown business he visits tomorrow.

One aspect of transportation populated by small businesses is commercial trucking. While some trucking companies are large, many of the big rigs you'll see on our highways this weekend are being driven by owner-operators, and each of those drivers is running a small business.

Each year, the non-profit organization Road Safe America designates the Sunday after Thanksgiving as Drive Safer Sunday. It's one of the busiest road travel days, and RSA's reminder for drivers of trucks and cars to share the road is an important one. One way to do that is to follow RSA's suggestion to "give large trucks plenty of room since they can’t see as well, maneuver as quickly, or stop in the same distance as passenger vehicles."

Please remember, however you're making your way home this weekend, we want you to get there safely.

Enjoy this holiday weekend; we'll see you next week, right here in the Fast Lane.

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