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It’s about effin time somebody with no trucking experience actually did a ride along before writing about trucking. Maybe the politicians, and some in the DoT, should learn by this example.
Sort of ironic when one gives it some thought, the only part of trucking that pays well … riding shotgun as the Photographer !
Ms. Reierson …. she certainly is a beauty !
So, your saying all ‘trucking lifestyles are the same, all as one’ all truckers are alike, all trucking jobs are like all other trucking jobs, the same… So all doctors are the same, all cop jobs alike, as usual, good job, you can now go to your off-site meeting, take your golf clubs with you, have a nice day!!!
I thank her for the book and her effort to shine a more accurate light on our profession but i would like to get a documentary on all aspects of our industry. Dry van..reefer…flatbed..containers..tankers…bulk…dump trailers. I mean get the in’s and outs and talk to a number of drivers. Not just the guys who bitch’n wine but the guys who will give a detailed picture of what it takes to do this job day in and day out. Talk about everything rates…repair cost…maintenance cost…fuel…i mean lets get it all on the table. And dont forget traffic! I would like to see it in a 2 or 3 hour documentary so America can see just how we keep America moving and that we dont get the respect that we deserve. And most of all to get the folks in Washington to really get an indepth look at our industry as it really is. Not just sound bites from some hand picked stooge! I know there’s waaayee more to it than i have room to type my two cents but we gotta get the attention of the masses and get these part time brain surgeons that have never driven a truck to stop making up all these crazyazz rules and regs that keep us from doing our jobs the way its supposed to be done….Without their foot on our necks and in our asses! I’m just saying!
No, all I am saying is that the ones making the rules in Washington for the DOT usually have never been behind the wheel themselves.
Correct Barney, and they never will be behind the wheel … it’s ‘ beneath ‘ them.
Here’s a little sometinn’ to think on …. If you had just promised 10 – 50 million Illegals Amnesty and a job, how would you ‘ create ‘ those jobs ?
How about creating Health Regs that would make you ineligible for a CDL … how about creating enough Laws + Regs that a current driver would need to be a magician to comply, so he/she loses their CDL.
Now you have the necessary jobs for Illegals.
I couldn’t agree more BigR! My husband is a trucker and I ride with him every chance my own schedule allows (I’m a nurse). I think an in-depth documentary about the REAL nature of what it takes to drive an 18 wheeler should be compulsory watching for anyone taking their regular car driving test, then there would be less misunderstanding and bitching about truckers from people who know nothing about what it takes. It’s a damn hard profession which this country would grind to a halt without, and I applaud you all. And yes – the rule-makers should have to watch it too. I find it hard to believe how difficult they make the job for you.
Congrats, Kim! I did 21000 KM in trucks in India between 2010 and 2012. Wrote three books (www.10000kmonindianhighways.com, http://www.nakedbanana.in and http://www.anaffairwithindianhighways.com). Cheers
Vigilance by authorities of trucks on the highways has to have more warning effect than backbreaking fines imposed on violations. In spite of the fines, things are not any better and this has more to do with fatigue than anything else. So, there is something that’s not clicking, the rules, the in- vigilance or both. The accidents are unabated.
Well said, MrsMotorMouse66. A lot of people would have a change of heart if they had the opportunity to have a behind-the-scenes look into what it really takes.
I haven’t read or seen the book or “movie”,but already I know she has done more for truckers than the ATA ever has.Thank you Kim.That took a lot of guts.
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