"All of our trucks are set at 68 miles per hour. That's as fast as they'll run and we do that for safety reasons," said Mike Tate, the Transportation Manager for K-VA-T.
Many truck drivers are scared to be on the interstate because of fear of truck drivers, but K-VA-T food stores pride themselves on their safety regulations to try to keep their drivers as well as others on the road safe.
Tate said, ?We really stress safety. The driver is always in control of the vehicle and we try to buy the best vehicles that we can so they are safe for our drivers to ride in."
K-VA-T sends out a little over 700 trucks per week and they haven't had an accident in nearly five years.
Tate continued, saying, "We won the Volvo safety award in 2009 for not having any accidents in the year 2009 and that was all over North America."
While they may not have many accidents, K-VA-T says that it is because of drivers like Randall Helbert. Helbert has been a driver for over 30 years, winning awards for safety in the company's annual truck rodeo.
Although Helbert loves his work, he says that it is not only frustrating on the road but dangerous as well. ?When they pass you and cut right back over in front of you, I mean that's just asking for trouble. You're putting your life in danger," said Helbert.
K-VA-T equips the trucks with heated, motorized mirrors to help the drivers see as they are driving to hopefully prevent any accidents. The mirrors that are on the trucks are to help drivers see objects that are behind them or beside them but even with those mirrors, they still have blind spots. ?If you can't see the mirrors on the truck then we can't see you,? said Helbert.
He continued to encourage drivers of compact cars to pass the tractor trailers while on the interstate and to not stick around beside them. "Get on around us, don't linger around, just go on," he said.