A recent article in The Hill highlights how only 1 in 6 truck drivers do not wear a seat-belt. At 83% self-reported seat-belt use, truckers are doing a whole lot better than in previous decades, such as the 1990s when seat-belt use was closer to 20%. Of course, while the numbers look good, it would be even better to get to 100% seat-belt use!!
Why the emphasis on seat-belts? According to the CDC, buckling up reduces serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about half, saving almost 14,000 lives in 2015 alone. That’s a lot of driver lives saved. Hopefully, you are one of the vast majority of truckers buckling up and potentially saving your own life!!
If you just don’t think it’s worth thinking about as you hop in the cab, or you’re still skeptical about seat-belt use, we’d encourage you to check out this handy myth-busting seat-belt guide for truck drivers from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation that really shatters any argument against buckling up.
Finally, wearing a seat-belt is — as you already know — the law. So if only for the simple reason of avoiding an unnecessary ticket, you should really fasten your seat-belt while on the road!!
We hope we didn’t sound too much like your mother with all that!! But, just like dear old Mom, we care about y’all and want you to stay safe and continue the great American tradition of truck driving!!
Tell us what you think in the comments below!! Do you wear your seat-belt?? Why or why not??