Drivers' Corner - Lookin' Back
The Trucking Fever
Well drivers, I want to apologize for taking so long to get another story in but since I started driving again, all I do is drive and try to sleep a few hours a day. I just turned 68 Easter Sunday! Maybe I am getting too old to keep driving 524 miles a day, six days a week-sometimes seven! I guess you could say that I am a true truck driver since I have been doing it almost 51 years now, or will in June of this year.
As you know, if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, there are places you can go to get help to stop. But if you are a true truck driver, that is also like a drug. Yes, it gets in your blood and I don't know of any place a truck driver can go to get help getting trucks out of his or her blood. If any of you know of a place, please let me know! I may have to stop driving in the near future because of my health and I know it will be hard for me to quit.
I found out a few weeks ago that one of my old friends had to stop driving because of his health and a co-worker of his told me that he had tears in his eyes when he found out that the insurance company would not let him drive anymore. I know I will feel the same way when I have to stop driving. It's like a fever. The white line fever. There is just something about that long white line that charms you. In some cases, the line may be yellow but it works on you the same way. I know that some people get into truck driving because they hear about how much money you can make but after they get out there, and find out its not as easy as they thought and not a big party like Smokey and the Bandit, they are ready to quit.
Then again, some of them get with a bad company and get discouraged. I was a CDL instructor off and on for several years and I saw some of my students go to work for companies that I would not even consider working for. I was also assistant director of training for a couple of truck driving schools and director of training at one school and I steered some of my better students to good companies. Sometimes at fuel stops I run into former students that I trained and it makes me feel good that they are still driving. I told a driver the other night that I had been in trucking for almost 51 years either as a driver or instructor and he thought I was lying! So driver, if you are a true driver and love the feel of that big steering wheel in your hands and the feel and sound of that big diesel engine, keep up the good work. Remember, America moves by truck. Be safe out there and courteous to each other.
Until next time.