Trucking Mentors Program Promotes Safety and Positive PR for Trucking
If you are an advocate for improving both safety on the road and the reputation of the trucking industry, you may be interested in what Trucker Buddy International is doing for this field.
Trucker Buddy recently launched Trucking Mentors, a program that allows truck drivers to reach out to local high school students in order to educate and mentor them on the trucking industry.
Benefits of Trucking Mentors
The program complements the already existing Trucker Buddies, which allows truck drivers to write letters to elementary school students to talk about trucking. The benefits of both programs include the following:
- The chance to increase safety when it comes to driving around trucks.
- The ability to positively affect the reputation of the trucking industry.
- The gift of giving back to the community by serving as a mentor to children.
- The opportunity to teach students about the importance of trucks.
If you were to join Trucking Mentors, you would likely be matched with a local high school student and would be expected to visit at least once per year to discuss trucking.
Focus on Safety
The majority of accidents involving trucks are not the fault of the truck drivers involved. Many people do not know how to drive around big rigs, as they assume truck drivers have the same advantages they do in a smaller car. They forget that drivers cannot see them when they drive too close behind trucks, nor do they remember that trucks take much longer to stop than cars.
If you are tired of seeing drivers on the road who clearly do not know how to operate their vehicle around trucks, this is your chance to help change that. High school students in particular are at risk of causing accidents, so it makes sense to focus on these new drivers when it comes to educating others about safety when driving around trucks on the road.
Bring Positive Attention to Trucking
Programs like Trucker Buddies and Trucking Mentors can benefit the trucking industry in general. When you make it a point to talk to students about trucks, you can bring their attention to all the positive things this industry offers. You are encouraged to do the following:
- Let students know what types of cargo you carry.
- Show them pictures of any interesting locations you have been to while trucking.
- Discuss how our day to day lives are affected by trucking.
When you make this industry relevant to students, they will pay attention and begin to think of it in a more positive light, especially when they meet someone who is worth looking up to. If you are interested in either of these programs, you can sign up here.