What does a Las Vegas truck driver have in common with a school kid in Shanghai?
The bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, don’t distract FedEx Freight City Driver, Rebecca Parker. With an eight-year safe driving record at FedEx Freight, she is focused on the road — and a job she loves.
“Ten years ago, I saw a trucking school ad, took an intensive course and had my license within two weeks. I applied to FedEx and couldn’t have asked for a better job. It’s perfect for a single mom. I have full benefits, can support my kids and I’m home at night and on holidays. I’m always telling other moms that FedEx has a free truck driving training program!
I also use my FedEx Freight trailer to help local nonprofits deliver everything from back-to-school supplies to food for the homeless when our location participates in these drives. I love that the company gives us the tools to make a real impact in our communities.
The one thing I believe in wholeheartedly is safety. As a certified Road Test Observer and Road Test Coach, I train new team members to observe FedEx driver safety guidelines and learn safe habits. I love that FedEx puts safety first above all for its drivers, its communities and through the programs that it supports.”
I saw a trucking school ad, took an intensive course and had my license within two weeks. I applied to FedEx and couldn’t have asked for a better job.
— Rebecca Parker, FedEx Freight City Driver
Shane O’Connor, Program Advisor for Road and Pedestrian Safety at FedEx, helps lead our global philanthropic giving programs. Keeping team members and communities safe is personal as well as professional.
“When I was eight, there was an incident I’ll never forget. A stranger pulled me back onto the curb — just as a vehicle drove past that would have hit me. It’s wonderful to be able to pay that forward some 50 years later at FedEx through our safety programs for kids.
Safety is paramount to our operations. We have more than 100,000 vehicles on the world’s roads. In addition to rigorous internal controls, we encourage participation in safety competitions like the National Truck Driving Championships. Our winners literally have celebrity status.
Externally, we make a big difference through nonprofit collaborations. Working with EMBARQ in Mexico City, they adapted our driver safety manual — like the one used by Rebecca Parker — to train local Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) drivers. The implementation of BRT resulted in a dramatic 30 percent decrease in accidents on these routes.
Through Safe Kids Worldwide, another long-standing nonprofit relationship, we have reached 13 million children in 10 countries. One of my proudest achievements was supporting Safe Kids China in achieving the country’s first school zone regulations. To impact kids’ safety for a whole society is just incredible.”
When I was eight … a stranger pulled me back onto the curb — just as a vehicle drove past and would have hit me. It’s wonderful to pay that forward at FedEx through our safety programs for kids.
— Shane O’Connor, Program Advisor for Road and Pedestrian Safety at FedEx
Monica Cui, Director of Safe Kids China, has spent a decade-plus campaigning tirelessly for safer streets — with help from FedEx.
“Sadly, for children ages 14 and under, the leading cause of death in China is road-related. As an NGO, we cannot enact national changes. We have to get data, do surveys, educate the public, and introduce ideas to decision makers. FedEx helped us conduct a survey that provided evidence of child safety risks in school zones. With this, we worked with the national government to enact legislation that set speed limits and safety signage around schools for the first time.
We also work with FedEx in communities. Through our Walkability Assessments, we train local parents, students and FedEx volunteers to walk around schools and assess safety infrastructure. This then empowers school officials to better advocate for improved local laws and safety infrastructure.
Educating parents and children is also important. This year, we created a safety video — shared widely across China — adapted from a “moment of silence” video sponsored by FedEx. We also gave disposable cameras to school children to document unsafe behaviors, creating educational displays that raise awareness in schools and public areas.”
FedEx helped us conduct a survey that provided evidence of child safety risks in school zones. With this, we worked with the national government to enact legislation that set speed limits and safety signage around schools.
— Monica Cui, Director, Safe Kids China
Li Song Lin, 12, feels safe and confident walking to his Shanghai school, thanks to road safety tips taught to his class and 364,000 other Chinese students by Safe Kids China and FedEx volunteers.
“Safe Kids has been part of my schooling since grade three when our Safe Kids teacher and FedEx volunteers taught us how to use STOP, LOOK AND CROSS. In grade four, they taught us about more difficult crossings. For example, we always look for “the zebra” or traffic light, but when these are not available, we make sure we can see the entire road before crossing. I use these tips each day.
My favorite memory from the program was when the coach of China’s national badminton team, Li Yongbo, and famous badminton players, came to our school. It was like dreaming. Our heroes were teaching us about safe walking!
FedEx volunteers have us practice safety to do it right. They teach us with game tools, even use a real van to show us about vehicle lights. They are very kind, we like to call them big brothers and big sisters.”
FedEx volunteers have us practice safety to do it right. They teach us with game tools, even use a real van. We like to call them big brothers and big sisters.
— Li Song Lin, Student and beneficiary of Safe Kids China programs