Putting Your Seat Belt In The Door Handle When You Sleep

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The Pelican's Comment
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Saw this in a video of a trucker. When he was about to go to sleep he would wrap his seatbelt around the inside door handle of his truck and fasten the seatbelt.

I suppose it's to prevent any unauthorized access, I guess if someone breaks the lock. I found that really interesting.

For you lady truckers, definitely keep that in mind. I would have never thought to do that.

BK's Comment
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I remember a discussion about this a long time ago. The best idea was to tie a rope or strap from door to door, across the cab. That way both doors are secured. Anybody else remember the details?

PackRat's Comment
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Tie down strap from door to door, but this will not work on some manufacturer's tractors.

Next, run a cord from the air horn to both doors. This again will not prove compatible with all trucks.

A dog with a loud bark is always a great option.

The Pelican's Comment
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Is a seatbelt not sufficient?

Tie down strap from door to door, but this will not work on some manufacturer's tractors.

Next, run a cord from the air horn to both doors. This again will not prove compatible with all trucks.

A dog with a loud bark is always a great option.

PackRat's Comment
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Is just a the tiny chain on a front door better than a deadbolt?

BK's Comment
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Is a seatbelt not sufficient?

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Tie down strap from door to door, but this will not work on some manufacturer's tractors.

Next, run a cord from the air horn to both doors. This again will not prove compatible with all trucks.

A dog with a loud bark is always a great option.

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Always use your seatbelt. Except for security when parked, as PackRat so eloquently elaborated on. Lol.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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For you lady truckers, definitely keep that in mind. I would have never thought to do that.

I just lock my doors. All these years out here (88-93 and 2014 to present) I've not had but one incident where a guy banged on the truck while parked in a rest area on I-84 in Utah (2015). Monty went to barking and the guy walked away. I'm not bothered on ramps, truck stops, weigh stations or streets near shippers or receivers. If someone wants to break in with Monty barking, they will be met with wasp spray and other means of protection.

While on active duty, I took a self defense class for women which included handguns. Since I go in the Port of Oakland every week, I no longer carry. However, I walk with my head up, scanning the area, looking at people (situational awareness) and not down or at my phone. That will usually deter perps and it's worked for me all this time.

Laura

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

The Pelican's Comment
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Right right

Is just a the tiny chain on a front door better than a deadbolt?

Vicki M.'s Comment
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I won’t strap or seatbelt my doors. How would you get out in an emergency, like a fire? (On my mind since my friend’s truck just burnt to the ground. She’s fine. She saved her phone). In the year and a half I’ve been out no one has even knocked on my door. I have a yapping dog and can fully protect myself.

BK's Comment
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I keep my doors unlocked. I would welcome the company. Truck driving is a lonely profession. I don’t recommend this to anyone else.

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