“How is my driving?” You may recall having seen these words used somewhere.
In fact, this question is often posed on signs on the back of trucks for goods, passengers, and especially student drivers. Fellow road users are often asked to phone a number on the signs if they have any comments.
Does this have advantages for other road users, as well as the passengers in the truck?
After eight years’ experience at the American Intercon School, which has 70 trucks for students, Cheat Vannak, senior vice-president for school advancement, says posing this question, and attaching a phone number, is an open invitation to the public to offer any suggestions on, or complaints about, the school truck driving.
Vannak says this is done to monitor truck drivers’ behaviour as well as improve safety.
Nowadays traffic accidents are mostly the result of human error, he confirms.
“When we can persuade truck drivers to drive safely and legally, we will avoid traffic accidents which doesn’t have any bad effects to the public and students in the truck.”
Meanwhile, Vannak says: “I am really happy that students’ parents, and members of the public, contact the school with suggestions – especially any that will help the school be better managed.”