Buddy driver Jimmy Frost has a Web site for his class to view when
he’s on the road. This gives him the chance to show his students
what his job is like, and where he travels.
is one of many drivers who are adept in using technology to teach
children about the trucking industry.
all drivers are as skilled in using computers, but now they will
be able to post photos and videos online through a site called TruckFLIX.com.
TruckFLIX is an online driver recruiting company that offers streaming
video technology in addition to other driver and carrier services.
Buddy drivers share their experiences with students through postcards,
letters and e mails, sharing their days with an elementary class.
The children respond with monthly letters, asking questions about
the truck, the loads and other aspects of the driver’s lifestyle.
offering our participants the use of technology to add to the interactions
between drivers and children, TruckFLIX.com will provide a way to
enhance the learning experience,” Ellen Voie, executive director
of Trucker Buddy International, said.
from around the world learn to appreciate the importance of the
trucking industry through Trucker Buddy International, a non-profit
pen pal program. Currently, there are more than 4,000 classes corresponding
with professional drivers. Drivers and teachers can join the program
by calling 1-800 MY BUDDY or visiting the organization’s Web site
Buddy is dependent on corporate sponsors such as OOIDA and TruckFLIX
to fund the program. Other sponsors MANCOMM, Transcore, ProTrucker & Over the Road magazines, American Graphics Group, Delphi,
TMI-MultiMedia, Kenworth, Midnight Trucking Radio, Truckin’ Bozo,
Mike Ryan Motorsports, TruckDriver.com, Wal-Mart, ArvinMeritor,
Detroit Diesel and OTR-Canada.