Truckers, do you have a “buddy plan”? Otherwise, it might convince you.
A recent Facebook post provides truckers with life-saving tips on how to build a safety net while you’re on the road.
On Thursday, Deb LaBree of the non-profit organization Women In Trucking took to Facebook to write a post about the importance of having a “buddy plan” in case of an emergency while you’re on the road .
Friends, do you have a buddy plan? Someone to check in with a few hours of the day! Today, a driver died in his truck. The company could not reach him and asked the police to carry out a welfare check. Unfortunately, the doors were locked and the police could not enter. Eventually my husband and another driver called the transporter to get permission to break the window. Instead, the carrier sent a locksmith. It all took a long time. If the driver needed help, the waiting time was too long. Have a plan. Have a spare key somewhere law enforcement can get to you faster, possibly saving a life. This is what I woke up to this morning. The transporter was watching him because he didn’t show up to deliver his load… don’t let the transporter be the only ones looking after you. Have a plan. RIP driver.
Several Facebook users stepped in to agree with Labree or offer their own advice.
“Agreed! My brother and I call each other 3-5 times a day, we always let each other know where we stop for the night and we call as soon as we wake up in the morning. We drive for different companies. It’s always good. to have someone who knows where you are and especially if you are feeling bad, ”said one commenter.
“It may have been said before, but every night (we parked most nights) I was texting friends and family… 3 or four of them… our location. Just a short text with the city, state and the truck stop where we were. That way they heard something from us every night and also knew where we were the last time. I also had them on my tracking app so they could see where we were at all times, ”another commenter said.
The Missing Truck Driver Alert Network also shared a list of information that drivers should give to family members to have on hand in case they can’t get in touch. This information includes:
- Name, age, identification scars or tattoos, a physical description, a list of health concerns.
- Company name and telephone numbers
- Truck make, model, color and unit number
- And damage / markings on the trailer
- Trailer Style (Platform, Refrigerator, etc.)
- Truck and Trailer Plate Numbers
- DOT, VIN and MC numbers.
- Pick-up and delivery locations
- Photos of the driver and the truck