FAQs - Drivers

Can I use games and contests to inspire the class?

In general, yes, but check with your assigned teacher first. Try contests or games that are geographical, historical, or mathematical in nature. Keep in mind the age of the children. Challenge your class but with problems that are geared toward their grade level.

May I take a student for a ride in my truck?

Absolutely not. All activities, including school visits and tours of your truck require prior permission from your assigned teacher and school and any violation is grounds for removal from the Trucker Buddy program. Almost all carriers prohibit riders and for safety reasons, truck trips are prohibited at any time.

You may be allowed to let them see the inside of your tractor but never go into the cab alone with a student.  

Do I have to renew each year?

Yes. We ask all drivers and teachers to renew for the new school year.  This gives up up to date contact information and let us know things are going well with the match.

Where can I buy merchandise for my class?

 Click here to visit the Trucker Buddy Store

If you are an OOIDA member they will send some items to your class as part of being an OOIDA member.  Just call them and ask for Niki Johnson.  1-800-444-5791

Can I choose to have more than one class?

Drivers who have been in the Trucker Buddy program for at least one year may request up to two additional classes. We have found that three classes is the maximum number even the most conscientious driver can handle.

What are the Trucker Buddy office hours and contact information?

Our driver/teacher liaison office is open Monday through Thursday 9:00 am through 5:00 p.m.. Note that all times are CST and located in Alabama.

Anna Myers - 1-800-MYBUDDY - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Randy Schwartzenburg - 205-799-2733 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What materials can I send the class?

Talk to your teacher, find out what the kids are studying and when, and what would be appropriate. If the class is studying the Rocky Mountains, pick up a pamphlet from the National Park Service. Some send pictures and post cards.  Use your imagination!

Can I use the Trucker Buddy logo on my truck or on my website?

Yes, but remember the Trucker Buddy name and logo are copyrighted and cannot be used without the express written permission from Trucker Buddy International. For more information, contact Trucker Buddy headquarters by E-mail.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

I work with the Scouting programs and Boys and Girls Clubs. Can be matched with them?

Yes, you can be matched with Boy and Girl Scouts as well as Boy and Girls Clubs.  We want all students to be part of the program but would ask that you call us if you want an exception to this rule.

I have been contacted by a student beyond the scope of the program or a letter had some things in it that concerned me. What should I do?

If for any reason you are uncomfortable with any letter, contact your assigned teacher to discuss it or call the Trucker Buddy office. Sometimes students want to contact you individually and this strictly prohibited. This is a protection for the students and you too.

Bill was the best Trucker Buddy in the world! He was always in touch with us. He visited us and we went to see his truck. We went inside. I even got to do the AIR HORN! He was fun to be with the whole year.

~Brett

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