Scared Smart: Pre-Trip Inspection

Video: Scared Smart! Pre-Trip Inspection








These men are former truck drivers serving time in a minimum security prison. Tweak, Willard, and Road Rash were each involved in fatal traffic accidents that were later determined to have been preventable.


Trucking. There are few professions more important than driving a fully loaded 80,000lb semi-tractor and trailer. After all, most of  the items in your home, including your home itself, were brought to the stores in which you purchased them, by a truck.

Every truck driver in America must be certied to operate commercial vehicles and their training is heavy on safety. Problems can occur when procedures that should be performed on a regular basis, fall by the wayside as other tasks are prioritized.

These men are former truck drivers serving time in a minimum security prison. Tweak, Willard, and Road Rash were each involved in fatal traffic accidents that were later determined to have been preventable. The cause of their accidents centered on the drivers’ failure to perform a daily pre-trip inspection of their tractor and trailer. Today, they're performing community service by stressing the importance of conducting a daily inspection.

They’ll be speaking to students at CDL College, a truck driver training and testing facility in Commerce City, CO. The students in this class have already tested for their Commercial Driver License once, but failed to pass due to low scores on their pre-trip inspection. We interviewed some of these misfits about their attitudes toward inspections.

Today, these students will be educated by men who side-stepped their safety responsibilities. While the message these convicts bring is the right one, their methods are questionable.

After nearly 19 hours of threats, intimidation, and mild irtation, the students’ initial determination to be as unsafe as possible is nally overcome. The once-unwelcome visitors are embraced and thanked.

Their duty done, these color-coordinated slackers return safely to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences, and, perhaps, to lecture another group of future truckers hell-bent on learning the hard way.