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Saturday, July 23, 2011

lot of drivers

As I have mentioned I am or was a trucker, you know one of them fallers who drive the big rigs. Eighteen wheels a Rollin, sixty thousand pounds of steel and fright, headed down the highway. Your never home long, always alone, never at rest, just moving down the highway, praying that nothing gets in your way and they make it safely home, However thing do get I the way, from deer’s to trains, and people drives all kinds of vehicles’. Cars, motor cycles, bicycles and recreation vehicles’ all on the highways getting in the way. A trucker gets paid on average twenty eight cents per mile, some more and some less, but to get paid the wheels have to be Rollin.

Controlling one of those big rigs is not the easiest thing I have ever done. They take a quarter mile to stop; they won’t turn around a dime. Someone wrote as song about that called “Give me forty acres and I turn this rig around.” How driving one does have some perks, well you do drink a lot of coffee, and you do see a lot of the country. But the big problem is the traffic you come across. The week drivers of recreation vehicles, you see they don’t know they are big rigs too. They don’t know they can’t stop, or turn on a dime. They don’t know to change lanes or when to pull back into the lane. Now I drove what they call heavy haul, that’s hundred feet long, hundred five thousand pounds, and twenty eight wheels rolling down the road.  The one of the thing that will makes you that orifice down there by your tail bone get real tight and small, is to have some bone head with a truck load of kids, a twenty eight foot trailer, and a twenty four foot boat and trailer, trying to pass on a two lane road.  Their trucks breaks were design to stop the truck and maybe a trailer.

A commercial truck driver has to pass a written test and pass a driving test showing they know rules of the road and how to handle the big rig. Six month and five thousand dollars later they have earn a license to drive a big rig. The fellow that has not gone through the train and only drives a pickup around town is a danger to himself and all on the road when he tows a trailer.  For a big rig truck driver to drag more than one trailer he has to show he knows how and be certified.

It’s past the time that the state laws should be that a person that drives a combination of truck and trailers be required to pass a test and get an endorsement on their license to put a recreation vehicle on the road.

Thank you and god bless


JIM said...

I agree Roy.. I drove a 33 ft RV in Alaska once and wow that was a little scary. When I was very young my grandfather drove the big rigs ( as he called them) for a company in Massachusetts. Every once and a while he would have a route that would bring him near our house and he would stop. I would climb into the cab and he would drive me a few miles. I would be wearing his cap and waving to all my buddies. Who was better them me !!!! lol A different time Roy but fun!!

Jan said...

My husband drives truck, this is the biggest complaint I hear from him. The fact that these people don't know how to drive what they are behind the wheel driving, and that when an accident does occur, if there is one thing wrong in the truckers log book it is his fault.

Our city just did a sting on our portion of the interstate for truckers not wearing seat-belts and speeding. The officer that talked to the reporter said that the majority of accidents were the fault of passenger cars, pick ups and rvs. Not giving enough room for turns and braking. The public really needs to get a grip and recognize that 8o,000 lbs. does not stop on a dime and takes at least 2 lanes to turn. Thank you for this post.

Mari Sterling Wilbur said...

I absolutely agree! My dad taught me how to drive a big pick-up truck hauling a horse trailer. There were buckets 3/4 full of water in the back of the pick-up and in the horse trailer. He made me drive all over the place - up steep hills, around sharp curves,etc.If I spilled any of the water from the buckets I got a swat. (This was back in the day when parents could do that to make sure you really understood what they were trying to teach you.)It taught me to drive carefully, be cautious and pay attention. I'm happy for the training. It's easy to loose control of a truck and towed trailer. Add a 1200 lb horse to the mix and it gets even more dangerous. I don't envy your years on the road as a trucker one bit. Glad you made it through in one piece. BTW-I've never had an accident.

Jessica M said...

What a great post! I never really thought about this before but I definitely agree with you. It's important to make the road safe for people to travel on and to have those who are towing trailers have to get licensed, that would help.
Blessings to you and yours.

Anna L. Walls said...

My dad was a truck driver. He hauled everything from life stock to grain to refrigerated goods. You are so right about people hauling recreation trailers, though I never really thought about it and never saw much trouble when I rode with my dad - I was just a kid then - what did I know. But I see such creatures on the highway (especially here) all the time (when I'm on a highway) and they are idiots.

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Manoj said...

Every accident is man made by me or by you. We are not conscious so far ...

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