Relationships between troopers and truckers have always been kind of complicated. There are lots of various federal regulations and if they are violated, the driver is the one facing the consequences. So if truckers have some questions, they can be simply afraid to ask because they think they might get ticketed or be placed out of service. It makes it really hard to build good relationships. And wouldn’t it be really great to make these relationships work since both truckers and troopers spend most of their time on the road?
Brent Hoover, a trooper with the Indiana State Police, has thought about it too. And he has found a way to interact with truckers and help them with guidance and answering their questions. To do that, he has created a page on Facebook he has named “Hoover Club”.
Hoover created the page to tell the public (and truckers especially) about what DOT inspectors do. His goal is to interact with truckers and finally make these relationships work. Hoover posts pictures and videos showing various violations and other things that can be interesting for his target audience. On this page truckers can find interesting know-hows, photos of antic trucks, and of course, DOT guidelines. Facebook is a really great place for this kind of project as it lets truckers comment and ask their questions for Hoover to answer.
“Hoover Club” is a great opportunity to educate truckers about safety regulations and to improve their relationships with troopers.