Gina Angsten is the newest driver in Freightliner’s Slice of Life program. She was chosen from more than 400 applicants to test drive a Freightliner Cascadia and will begin blogging about her experiences on the road in May when she gets behind the wheel of her new truck.
The 2010 Cascadia is equipped with a 2010 Detroit Diesel DD15 engine with BlueTec SCR Emissions technology and Detroit Diesel’s 1-Box configuration.
Angsten and the first Slice of Life drivers – Henry Albert, Kurt Grote and Dick McCorkle – will comment on new technology and new trucks as part of their participation in the program’s second season.
A resident of St. Joseph, Mo., Angsten has been a commercial driver for nearly 17 years. After getting her start in Denver with a small local company, she began driving over-the-road for Westway Express, where she traveled through all 48 states. Angsten, who also served as a trainer and dispatcher for Westway, purchased her first truck during this time.
“I just love being a trucker. I like waking up in a different city every day, and I’ve met some really great people while out on the road,” Angsten says. “It’s not a job for me – it’s a lifestyle – so being an owner-operator really suits me.”
Angsten works for Wisconsin-based Duplainville Transport, a Quad/Graphics company. Together with her travel companion She-La – a two-year-old Aussie-doodle – Angsten hauls printed materials “in the box” from Wisconsin to Oklahoma City and all points east.
Follow her blog at www.SliceofTruckerLife.com.