- Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare
- This driver always makes time to mentor the next generation — whether at home or on the road
- This driver helps rookie truckers learn the ropes
- Home-schooling in a truck means the country is a classroom
- This driver sees the world through Google Glass
- A career trucker brings his tales of the road to people in hospice
- How driver Paul Sedlak finds motivation to reach his fitness goals
- I Love Trucking: More than a job, driving is a way of life
- Big Rig Books: Driver delivers books to underprivileged kids
- Driver Chris Jackson captures moments of beauty on the road
Color Me Safe
With safety belt use mandatory in most states and a federal requirement for commercial vehicle drivers, it’s surprising that so many truckers still refuse to buckle up. Many companies are taking steps to encourage use. Take the spread of bright orange or green high visibility seat belts. Available from Freightliner, Kenworth, Mack, Peterbilt, Sterling and Volvo, the colorful belts from LifeGuard Technologies let anyone see that a driver is strapped in.
“From a fleet’s standpoint, the high visibility belts send a message to drivers that they care about compliance with seat belt laws,” says Kevin Tribbett, a spokesman for LifeGuard. “But there is a benefit to owner-operators too, in that law enforcement can immediately recognize that they are wearing their belt.”
For those who ignore their seat belts because of discomfort, the company has put together a campaign — “Click, Tug and Snug” available at www.clicktugsnug.com — to show drivers how to adjust a belt to be safe and comfortable.
“The biggest complaints that drivers have is that they don’t like the tension on their torso and they are bothered by the belt rubbing their shoulder,” says Tribbett. “Frankly, seat belt adjustment is not something that a lot of drivers get training on, and the younger driving population may not be aware that they can make the belt comfortable for themselves.”
nd if an appeal to drivers’ brains won’t work, a tug on their hearts might. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Belt Partnership asked kids to submit posters encouraging drivers to “Be Ready, Be Buckled.” Sarah O’Dell, of Oklahoma, the young daughter of a truck driver, won with her drawing and important message: “Us kids need our mommies and daddies alive when the trip is done!”