Safety Belt Usage
The results are in from the Seat Belt Usage by Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers (SBUCMVD) Survey from 2016. The survey showed that the overall safety belt usage for drivers of all medium and heavy duty trucks and buses was up to 86% in 2016 from 84% in 2013. The survey is a nationally representative field data collection program that provides estimates of safety belt usage by drivers of medium and heavy duty commercial motor vehicles.
Since the inception of this initiative in 2007, the numbers of seat belt usage have steadily risen from the initial abysmal 65%. While the change from 84% in 2013 to 86% in 2016 may not seem to be a big difference, it still shows steady improvement in safety belt usage. Every number represents a driver that made safety a priority in their daily life.
Wearing a safety belt often seems like a menial task; however, it’s an important part of being a professional truck driver. All it takes is not wearing your safety belt once to have a residual effect on your life, both physical and financial.
Safety belt usage is a vital part of ensuring our valuable drivers return to us safely on a daily basis. Remember, safety is not just a rule or regulation, it’s a way of life!