By NBC News | January 17, 2018 12:30pm ESTThe sea of trucks, cars and carshares in coastal ports are the perfect setting for an all-day cruise.
But for those who want to enjoy the ride, there are some guidelines for what to look for and what to avoid.
The coastal transport industry is booming in the United States.
According to an annual report from the Federal Highway Administration, the sector accounts for almost half of all highway travel in the country.
While the vast majority of these vehicles are in urban areas, the industry has expanded to other places.
This year alone, more than 2,000 new marine truckers were registered in the states of California and New York, according to the California Maritime Transportation Association.
But the industry is still mostly rural and it’s easy to miss some of the signs.
Here are a few tips for avoiding marine traffic in coastal areas.1.
Know the signs of marine trafficIn a coastal environment, the presence of marine truck traffic is often a clue to something more than just the usual noise.
The ocean’s currents can shift as they travel from one side of the ocean to the other, so the trucks can shift direction to avoid a collision with another vehicle.
When you see trucks pulling into a port, you can see the marine traffic.
They may have their lights on and some other sign or flashing lights to indicate that they’re moving.
It’s a sign that the port is crowded and that the marine trucks are coming.2.
Pay attention to signsThere are signs that can indicate the presence or absence of marine trucks.
One example is a sign in the middle of a parking lot that reads “NO TOWNS, NO DRONES.”
It’s an indication that marine trucks will be restricted from parking on the lot.
If the signs are not clear, there’s a good chance that you’re not in a safe spot.3.
Know what to do when you spot marine trafficYou can see signs of the industry in many places.
If you see a marine truck, check out the truckers sign.
They will be there to help you out.
If there’s no sign, you should follow their directions.4.
Be prepared to take on the marine truckerA cruise ship usually has a marine transport crew that can assist you.
If a port has a fleet of trucks that you’d like to take, call ahead to confirm their location.
If they’re on board, take a look at the cargo.
If not, ask if there’s anything else that can help you.
If you’re traveling from a large city, it’s more likely that the ports are full of truckers.
They might be driving into or out of the city.
When you see them, ask them to wait for you and then take you to the port where you can park.5.
Get off the highwayOnce you get off the freeway, remember that the highway is not always safe.
You should be aware of the hazards of coastal traffic and make sure you know the signs before you enter the highway.
If there’s something in your way, call the nearest police station to report the incident.