Classic Trucking Films

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Classic Trucking Films

The American Trucking Industry has been essential in the transportation of consumer goods and products and to the American economy ever since the development of the US highways systems in the 1930s. This collection looks at the history of American trucking and truck driving safety films. Topics Include: Early American Trucking Industry, Vintage 18 Wheelers & Big Rigs, Interstate Freight Trucking

Included Films:

Knights on the Highway

Knights on the Highway

Produced: 1938

Length: 8 Minutes

Knights on the Highway is a vintage driving safety film produced by the always entertaining Jam Handy Organization. This video teaches the importance of safety while operating a vehicle at night by using the principles taken by the most practiced of all night drivers, cross country truckers. They impart their knowledge from years of driving onto everyday citizens to help them improve safety on the road. Night driving safety, seen through the lens of the 1930s, has never been more interesting.


Singing Wheels

Singing Wheels

Produced: 1940s

Length: 23 Minutes

New York City, along with other major American towns, is put on display in Singing Wheels because of its constant need for transportation. Through the invention of the wheel and, especially, through the innovation of the car, the pace in which goods were being transported across the country dramatically increased. Singing Wheels aims to explain how transportation has changed the lives of Americans through its close look at the trucking industry–from its importance to the impact on the American economy to trucking taxes.


Transportation: Bus, Truck, & Taxi

Transportation: Bus, Truck, & Taxi

Produced: 1946

Length: 10 Minutes

The creation of the wheel has enhanced modern civilization in a multitude of ways. Transportation: Bus, Truck, Taxi entreats viewers to understand transportation’s role in society and how it affects modern culture. Interested in working as a transporter, a man is required to undergo a meticulous physical exam. He has to possess fully-functioning eyes and ears, as well as a strong physical coordination. Step by step, this informational film details the regimen an applicant endures to become a transit operator. Enforcing safety and precaution, Transportation looks at a crucial job involving everyones security.


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You’re Driving 90 Horses

Produced: 1940s

Length: 23 Minutes

This vintage film is a wonderful way to advocate safer driving techniques. Statistics prove that a ghastly number of deaths each year occur from reckless driving and accidents, all of which could have been easily prevented. You’re Driving 90 Horses depicts a number of common traffic mistakes: drivers merging without looking, not stopping for pedestrians, and passing vehicles when and where they should not. The three C’s–concentration, control, and courtesy–are the backbone to any good driving, and Youre Driving 90 Horses only makes that more clear.

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