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Trucker Buddy launches program to educate young drivers

The current 2,600 Trucker Buddies will have the opportunity to be both a Trucker Buddy to elementary students and a Trucking Mentor to high school students.

The Trucker News Services

4/25/2012

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Trucker Buddy International is launching a new program called Trucking Mentors that will directed at teaching high school students to drive safely around big trucks.

Trucking Mentors matches professional drivers with a high school located either locally or along the route of the driver. The driver then visits the high school once or twice a year to teach young drivers about the issues of driving along-side a big rig truck. 

“Many local and short run regional drivers can’t participate in Trucker Buddy, but still want to volunteer to help their community,” Randy Schwartzenburg, Trucker Buddy executive director said. “A program such as Trucking Mentors allows them to visit the high school and educate students on highway safety.  The goal is to save lives and build a positive image of the trucking industry among teenage drivers.”

The current 2,600 Trucker Buddies will have the opportunity to be both a Trucker Buddy to elementary students and a Trucking Mentor to high school students.

Other drivers will be recruited to help in the mission, Schwartzenburg said.  There will be no charge to be a Trucking Mentor but background checks will be performed on all participants. Matches can be made by the driver contacting their local school or can be matched with one of the high schools that sign up.

“I believe that as an industry we have a responsibility to help our communities understand how to be safe around a truck and continue to improve our image.  That is especially important for teens beginning to take the responsibility of driving a car,” Schwartzenburg said. “Trucking Mentors will not only save lives but will increase respect between all the parties.  Having both Trucker Buddies and Trucking Mentors teaching students about our industry not only helps the students drive more safely but helps everyone understand our industry’s impact on our nation.   Saving lives, improving our image and building respect are why launching Trucking Mentors is so important.”

The Trucker Buddy program helps to educate and mentor schoolchildren via a pen pal relationship between professional truck drivers and children in grades K-8 as supervised by their teachers.

For more information on Trucking Mentors go to www.truckingmentors.org.

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