Thursday, September 27, 2012

Safety, safety, safety.  This must ALWAYS be a priority, even when walking.

Case in point, I almost ran over two people in the past two weeks because they were walking in such a way I could not see them.  If you must walk in front of a parked truck, stay at least 6 to 8 feet in front of them, if at all possible. 

There is a blind spot right in front of the truck.  If a driver is sitting in the drivers seat, they cannot see  directly in front of the truck. 

The people that I almost hit were both walking from their trucks towards the truck stop.  I was preparing to take off and just plain did not see them.  Thankfully when the truck started to move, they were able to move to safety, quickly. 

Never ever let down your guard.

Let's be safe out there and happy motoring!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Is there any question as to what I said yesterday about this being the most beautiful country in the world? These pix were taken as I was passing through Penn today, 9/15/12.

Friday, September 14, 2012

10.5 years ago I started living a dream. I started to drive truck. For me, there is no other job that could do for me what this job has done. I have had the chance to drive all over this country. My office is the most beautiful office in the world, the United States of America. Within the dream of driving truck, my goal is to have driven truck in all 48 lower states. As of this writing, I have driven in 47 of the 48. I have yet to drive in the state of Maine. That goal will be fulfilled tomorrow. I feel like the most blessed man alive right now. I am working for a good company, performing a job I love, in the greatest nation on earth, with the best wife and family/friends support system A guy could ever ask for.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sometimes, my brothers and sisters in this industry (i e fellow drivers) surprise me.  I am about 100 miles north of Indianapolis, In this evening.  A student driver needed to get home to San Antonio Texas because his father suddenly passed away.

The company he was training with did not appear to want to help.  So he told them where to go.  With no place to go and flat broke, drivers pitched in. 

Enough money was raised so that a bus ticket could be purchased through greyhound in Indianapolis to get him home.  A driver will be taking him from this truck stop to the truck stop in Indy.  Once there, a security guard at the truck stop has offered to take him to the bus terminal AND give the man some cash for the ride home.

Truckers helping truckers.  That's what we are supposed to do, look out for one another.  It makes me mad and sad that this is often NOT the case any more these days.  It really did my heart good to see all this unfold.

Let's be safe out here and happy motoring!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

wow. What a busy few weeks it's been.  In the past month I have covered almost 12k miles!  Whew. Is it any wonder why Im feeling a bit exhausted.  I love my job. Sometimes though I don't always like it.  Take this week for example. I had to leave home at 6am Sunday morning in order to be in Buffalo New York by 7am Monday morning.  That bit the big weaney!  While the paycheck looks nice, I wanna be around to spend it!!!!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Last night I was proceeding east on the pa turnpike when traffic came to a halt, both lanes. Turns out at the entrance to a construction zone the road was narrowing from 3 lanes to 2. Just past the entrance to the construction zone it went from 2 lanes to 1.
Why you ask? A 53ft trailer being hauled by United States Freightways decided to split itself in half and dump its contents all over the highway. What a mess.  It appeared though that no one was hurt.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

This tire was found on a trailer that I picked up in Seymour Indiana. There was a good spare sitting in the tire rack. So someone was to freakin lazy to get it changed!