While driving a monster truck can be quite exhilarating, there are many safety precautions that need to be followed when operating one of these giant trucks. In fact, there is a Monster Truck Racing Association manual that needs to be abided by should you compete with your truck in any monster truck race. It definitely doesn’t hurt to take this manual into consideration when operating a monster truck anywhere. If you are seriously considering building and driving a monster truck it is suggested that you obtain the MTRA manual and study it as well as follow it’s guidelines.
What To Expect in the MTRA Manual
All Monster truck drivers must have a valid MTRA drivers license that is required to be inspected before each event. Truck drivers can have two different forms of license, one being a Class “A” and the second being a Class “B” license. However, there are stipulations that must be completed for each with Class “A” being the higher license of the two. All drivers must receive a valid CDL physical each year to be able to drive in professional races.
All drivers who compete in any monster truck race are subject to random drug testing.
All drivers are required to wear a certified helmet that is full or open face and fits the requirements for racers. All drivers in races must wear protective eyewear and a fire retardant safety suit.
Remote Ignition Interrupter-
Also known as RII’s must be installed and inspected by a qualified operator prior to each start of a race or event. The RII is installed to protect the spectators, race participants and the driver of the truck.
Kill Switch/Bright Light-
A kill switch must be installed in each truck and mounted in the back center of the truck. It must be able to be pulled to instigate turning the truck off and there are exact size and measurement requirements for these switches. All trucks must also have a bright light mounted on the back frame that lights up whenever the truck is placed in reverse. There must also be a commercial back up alarm installed in each truck.
There must be a firewall installed in the front , rear and mid section of the driver and truck.
A roll cage must be installed within each truck for the drivers safety. Roll cages are also required to have fire retardant padding on all tubing making up or within the roll cage.
While these are some of the MANY safety precautions that are taken and required for all Monster Truck drivers participating in any event or race, there also many many more that need to be followed. While some may think that there are a little too many guidelines to comply with it must be remembered that operating a monster truck that weighs a minimum of 9000 pounds can cause great harm to not only the driver himself but also the other participants within the race or event as well as the spectators that have come to watch!