Wendy Parker

Preparing for the worst

No one likes to think about it, but winter is upon us and the chance of being involved in an accident increases tenfold with bad weather and slick roads. Preparing for the worst-case scenario is not only smart, it could save your life.

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Ode to a mother: The best slap I ever got

Annals of effective parenting? "When I screwed up she expected an answer, and she expected it immediately after punctuating the question with, 'Do you hear me?' As I got older, I heard that less and less..."

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‘Trucking it forward’ with your fellow driver

Driver Stephen Persilver, following an on-highway incident with a driver who'd suffered a heart attack, urges drivers to "Truck it Forward" with more motorist assistance.

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The eye (brows) have it

George's uncanny to show up at the opportune moment: "you shouldn't get too comfortable talking trash about someone in a language you assume they don't understand, because you never know when there's a Jedi around."

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Dispatcher on board: Heidi Oestreich

Heidi rides full-time on the road with her owner-operator husband, Chris, but she also realizes the special challenges being a trucker's spouse can present back home. She's proprietor of an online community built for truckers' wives.

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Normal called … not really

"I have a good friend who went out on the truck with her boyfriend as a rider for the first time last weekend. I got a steady stream of 'WTF?' texts – she quickly reminded me that there's really no 'normal' on the road."

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Change starts with one step, and all that jazz

"'Operation Positive Press' has begun. ... I believe positive changes can be achieved. Go make good stories for us, get the word out. 2015 is the Year of the Trucker."

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Truckers’ wives and spouses – the silent voice of the industry

"There's no official 'Drivers' Spouse Appreciation Week,' and rarely do we hear stories of the support they provide, so I'm going to take a quick minute to thank all the trucker's wives, husbands and families for the job they do."

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Armchair experts abound

With establishment of the Entry Level Driver Training Advisory Committee under way, "let's remember...that having someone with direct personal experience is always better than someone who is 'book smart' on the task at hand..."

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Excuse me while I use my vernacular

"It'll be nice to be back on the road," Wendy says, where people understand it.

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