Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Trucking Mentors program?
Trucking Mentors is a new program from Trucker Buddy International (a nonprofit 501(c) (3) organization) dedicated to helping educate high school classrooms about how they can safely share the road with big rig trucks.
How Does Trucking Mentors work?
Once or twice a year drivers share their unique experience with high school students about how drive safely with big rig trucks. This is accomplished by the driver and the high school representative working together. The driver will bring his tractor and his trailer when possible, to the school and share with them a curriculum based on safe operation of the vehicles.
Why is Trucking Mentors important to the trucking industry and schools?
Education is the key to freedom and prosperity and the same is true for the relationship big rig trucks have with four wheelers (cars). When students meet the person behind the wheel then respect develops because there is a living person behind the wheel that is much like everyone else. They have families, friends, and hobbies and want to excel in life. Negative articles and television programs cause fear and mistrust of our hard working trucking professionals. Trucking Mentors puts a face behind the wheel of the trucks going down the road and shows teens that you can drive safely around big rig trucks if they know the facts and taught the basics of how truck safety works.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20-year-olds.
16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age.
16-year-olds are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than the average of all drivers.
About 2 out of every 3 teenagers killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2008 were males (IIHS).
Drivers ages 15-20 accounted for 12% of all drivers involved in fatal crashes in 2008 and 14% of all drivers involved in police-reported crashes.
63% of teenage passenger deaths in 2008 occurred in vehicles driven by another teenager. Among deaths of passengers of all ages, 19% occurred when a teenager was driving (IIHS).
81% of teenage motor vehicle crash deaths in 2008 were passenger vehicle occupants.
Does it cost anything to be part of the Trucking Mentors program?
No. There is no fee to join and we are supported by donations for the Trucking Industry.
Does Trucking Mentors require the school to do anything?
We only require that you are committed to maintaining communication with your Mentor and us. Help the Mentor with scheduling the visit and help in set up of the truck and trailer. Then get as many student to come to the truck to be taught the ways they can be safe on the road.