I have driven a truck for a little over a year. I have been off the road since March and I am going back real soon. Do I want to? Not really but I have too. Truck driving is not a job it is a lifestyle. You can make really good money at it but it is also a very dangerous job. People think because you have 18 wheels you can stop on a dime. Depending on how loaded we are it could take more then a football field length for us to stop. Come on people we can haul up to 80,000 pounds at one time. You try stopping something that heavy on a dime. And when a truck driver does run into someone that stops in front of them 9 times out of 10 the person hit does not make it. I have seen so much stupidity while out on the road. One of my pet peeves though is to see someone coming off an exit ramp with a cell phone to their ear and they don't even look back and if I can't get over well I guess there is going to be one heck of an accident. I have been really lucky not to have any accidents but I have seen so many. Also 9 times out of 10 the trucker always gets blamed. I was in Wal-mart standing in line one day and the woman behind me was complaining about the damn, dirty truck drivers. I was dressed up that day and doing my two days home after being on the road for two weeks. I turned around and said excuse me ms. I don't mean to but in but where did you get your clothes. She said here at Wal-mart why, I said ok what about the food and all the other things in your house, even your car. She said what are you getting at. I told her if it was not for those damn, dirty truck drivers you would not have the things you do, and by the way I am one of those damn, dirty truck drivers you dislike so much. She did not say another word. Have any of you ever thought what would happen if all the 18 wheelers would stop and not move for lets say maybe about three days would be all it would take. Everything would come to a stand still and people would panic. So the next time you see a truck driver thank them instead of cussing them out. Most of them have families they only get to see two days every two weeks when you go home to your family every night.
Yesterday Jan, 23, 2009 I have been back on the road as a truck driver for a year now. I have been with this comapany for a year and it is a great company. Sure they have their problems but every company has their good and bad. My husband has been on the truck with me since May so it makes it a little eaiser. He is my helper and my navagator. I am sitting in Bama right now on my way to Georgia here in a little bit.