George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

Just say no to stupid

| August 27, 2014
You're not getting a pedicure, you're driving a commercial vehicle. Believe it or not, there's a difference.

You’re not getting a pedicure, you’re driving a commercial vehicle. Believe it or not, there’s a difference.

Let’s talk about general common sense, shall we?

I realize finding an abundance of it being used out in the great, wide world these days is a lot like seeing a unicorn, but sometimes I feel like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole of idiocy.

I have a serious pet peeve with seeing drivers not wearing proper footwear. It seems like there’s been an upturn in the number of people who feel like flip flops or nothing at all is acceptable while driving a commercial vehicle. I don’t expect people to wear steel-toed work boots, but I do expect for them to cover their feet with something while driving an 80,000 pound vehicle.

It’s bad enough to do it in the privacy of your own cab, but when people go as far as to post pictures of themselves, shoeless, with their foot on the dash, while driving, it sends me over the edge and into “screaming Wendy” mode. Pardon me while I bitch.

Someone sent me a link to a Facebook page, which I refuse to name, because I don’t want this person to receive the attention he’s so desperately crying out for. Picture after picture, clearly taken from the driver’s seat – while driving. Bare foot propped up on the dash, one hand on the wheel, speedometer showing 70 mph while the jacktard driving takes pictures and plays on Facebook. One of the more infuriating posts includes a halved watermelon, sitting on the steering wheel with a spoon in it – again with the speedometer clearly reading movement. So not only is this fellow taking pictures and playing on Facebook while he drives, he’s having a little snack.

This is where I snapped and left a comment, indicating that this person is part of the problem we have in the industry with image. I went on to tell him that I really don’t care what he does in the privacy of his own cab, but when he starts posting pictures to social media of himself doing phenomenally stupid and dangerous things, he involves every single driver on the road. Not to mention making a case for every ambulance chasing lawyer in the world. He has four thousand people following him — I shudder to think of the reach these photos have.

Here’s where it gets really sad.

I’d say about half the comments after that were distinct suggestions for where I could stick it. I was told he was a “professional” and knew what he was doing – by other truck drivers. He responded that “he was here to stay” and “I better get used to it.” I responded with my head exploding.

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Again, what people do in the privacy of their own truck is none of my business, but when you put me and my family members who use the road in danger, you’ve made it my business. And when you think it’s cute and funny, you’ve made it my business and pissed me off.

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We have an image problem in this industry, and it feeds on people like this. We have safety issues in this industry, and they’re caused by people like this. No one is perfect, every driver makes mistakes and nearly every driver out there has bent the rules or completely broken them at least once, but for the love of God, can we please get a little common sense going on out here?

  • joe bielucki

    It’s not cool to be professional anymore apparently.This clown will have his day, unfortunately, he will probably take someone else out who’s minding their own business running legally.

  • Greg Haymon

    Amen i c it all the time also if these d.a.’s dont want to take their job serious they need vacate the seat and let someone with a freaking brain between their shoulders have it!!!

  • Craig Vecellio

    Here’s the miracle of Facebook, Wendy. That photo is solid evidence. Any “professional” knows to keep stuff like that off the internet. Next time it’s convenient, say, the next time George gets pulled in for an inspection, “Share” that FB picture with the officer. I’m sure he’ll be happy to “Like” it.

  • Chris Mayne

    I have complained about this numerous times, even calling a serius radio show to discuss it, and I have been told I must be exaggerating. Finally someone else bring the problem to the media. But with a me, me society no one seems to care about the “image” but they freely complain about the regulations. My question is, Why do companies allow this?

  • Wendy

    Oh, it’s been “shared” with quite a few people who are keenly interested in it already. I can’t believe he’d be stupid enough to do it in the first place, but super-stupid enough to brag about it.

  • Wendy

    Exactly my concern. I don’t care if he stupids himself to death, but like my grandad told me once, “If you’re going to be an asshole, do it on your own time.” ‘Nuff said.

  • Wendy

    You’re not exaggerating. Our last trip out, I saw an OVERSIZE LOAD driver with his damn foot on the dash and a guy jump out of his truck, barefoot, in a traffic jam to check his reefer. It’s an epidemic, and it’s going to cause me to stroke completely out one day.

  • MrNA

    I dont get what what you are bitching about ? Is it driving with your foot away from the pedals and eating watermelon or driving with comfortable footwear ? I drive barefoot or with my Crocs because a standard shoe heel heel puts my Aestherocisis ankle at a debilitating angle. When I stop if I get out and walk around in slippery unstable footwear so be it. Got nothing to do with driving baby girl. Again I say you are becoming one of them. I stand firm in saying driving with yer foot on the dash is gay and foolish and best left to seatcovers but telling me what to wear when I gots my feet by the pedals.??? C’mon !!! Are you the DOT ??

  • mousekiller

    If memory is still serving me I think there is or was a reg that stated hard soled footwear must be worn while driving a CMV. I have not heard of it being changed or deleted from the regulations. However if one cannot be professional when driving a CMV I think they need to look for a job as a life guard or some other near nekid work environment.

  • hotdog

    Ya know, I’ve got almost 3,000,000 accident free miles under my belt and, once in a while, I will slip off my left shoe and prop my foot up on the left side of the dash near the left window. I do this because I think my left hip might be getting weak or arthritic and putting my foot up there for 10-15 minutes in light traffic makes it hurt less. Maybe us old guys should just quit if we feel sore?

  • mousekiller

    Most companies do not care. They put a warm butt in the seat and get the load moved. That is their goal.

    An answer to your question !!!

    I suggest that when you see a driver in a less than professional situation going down the road you get the truck or trailer number, direction and time of day and location and call the company. Describe how unprofessional he is.Then the job of fixing it is up to them. I have been trucking for about 45 years and have seen many changes in trucking. Not all good. Driving longer than most of the newbie drivers have been out of diapers.
    Equipment has improved by leaps and bounds. However drivers have not. There has been a back slide in pride, quality and presence. Skill is no longer paramount in safety or image.Far too many of today’s driver look no different than the hoodlums hanging out on a street corner or the local dumpster diver..

  • Carol Dopp

    Not wanting you to stroke out…but totally understand the outrage and reaction. I have never worried about my husband, but I know what is out there and they scare the life out of me. They are not professional, they are an accident ready to happen.

  • MrNA

    Regulations.. blah blah blah. What is a hard sole shoe gonna do for me besides cause great pain and discomfort. I didnt need my Dr. to tell me. I told him and he concurred. OMG but thats what the experts say who dont drive for a living or did some kind of controlled study that hard sole shoes are the only way to fly. Mousekiller who are yo ? Are you in or what ? Take your professional cowboy/ steel toe/ loafers or what have you and move to Iraq.

  • easy

    Here we go again worrying about the wrong thing! You idiots are cry over foot wear? Really? What about the BS HOS rules? Or freight rates or fuel rates? How about states closing rest areas or weigh stations not allowing you to park when they are closed! Who gives a ish about a guy and his antics? Mind your own Damn business and argue topics that will preserve the industry! The only time most truck drivers stick together is when they want to condemn a driver for the carrier they drive for! Grow up people, and see the job you hold and love is going down the tube and all u freaking care about is foot wear! WOW!!!

  • Big Bank Hank

    Wendy…. Most of us realize that you just prattle on due to the fact that you like the sound of your own voice… But until you actually obtain a CDL and driving experience, you should just STFU…..

  • mousekiller

    I guess you did not really read the story. It is about foot wear or the lack of it to be precise. So it it you that needs to get a grip. . It is evident that you cannot thank a teacher for teaching you to read. If the subject was HOS then the resulting posts would be on that subject. Not difficult to grasp for most of us.

  • Big Bank Hank

    Who is “We” Wendy ??? You do not have a CDL… Do not think that you are on of us… So STFU…..

  • easy

    No! I read well and understand the subject! You are overlooking the problem that is relevant! All you and a few of the other idiots want to do is pick the lesser path rather than get off your lazy ass and fight a meaningful cause! Stop being a sack rider and be a constructive part in bringing the industry back to the driver’s that fight everyday to preserve it! You are following someone that doesn’t have a clue about the industry but yet she posts some bull that u and the other ass wipes believe!

  • Jeramie Reed

    Your non warranted unconstuctive comments are quite unwelcome. This is about furthering the unprofessional immage our industry has attained in the eye of the public. Wendy is 100% correct on that. If you want a prayer in HELL of getting anyone who canmake meaningful changes for the better to actually listen to us as drivers we need to clean up our image FIRST! So I say it is you who need to STFU!

  • Chris Mayne

    There appears to be numerous people who have missed the point. Wear whatever footwear you want or none if you want who cares, the point was don’t take a picture and post it for the world to see, or worse for the safety advocate groups and lawyers to use against the ENTIRE INDUSTRY.
    And easy the HOS are here to stay no one is going to change them so maybe you need to adapt to learn to live within them. Fuel prices good luck trying to do anything with that, freight rates, well if you do not like to rate negotiate a better one or leave to cheap stuff on the dock. Closed rest areas, and weigh stations you are not allowed to park in well maybe you should call your representative and remind them Jasons law was part of MAP21 and has been all but ignored. None of which has anything to do with this conversation, so maybe it is you who needs to get off your butt. Before you refer to people as idiots and cry babies maybe you should read the topic, and comment on the subject at hand

  • mousekiller

    Jeez lueez, Easy . Based on your posts I have the distinct feeling your part of the problem. It is hard for you to not call names and can’t help but be derogitory. It seems you cannot be dressed as a professional and think bare foot driving is ok. Well,I guess for those that lack personal pride I see that way of thinking. Try working at wal mart dressed like that and it will be a short employment. Same anywhere else. I see by your posts too that you lack respect for your self and others. You cannot seem to find common ground and resort to name calling. Do us all a favor and learn to at least fake self respect and respect for others and and go find employment elsewhere. You are no doubt part of the problem trucking suffers from today.. As a fact for you to try to learn Wendy is a story teller. She tries to put humor in situations they encounter in their daily life on the road. HUMOR. But now and again the situation she encountered needs to be brought out into the light of day. That seems to piss you off as you seem to the kind of driver she wrote about.
    Now, tell us how you would fix the problems in trucking.
    Fix the sloppy unkempt smelly driver situation.
    Fix the inattentive driver.
    Fix the tailgater problem.
    Fix the poor rates problem.
    Fix the logging HOS problem we all face. We are listening. Go for it since you seem to have all the answers. Just try to fake respect and refrain from name calling. It would be refreshing.

  • mousekiller

    Hank. Are you married? have kids if so that we fits you too. Your partner in life is part of the WE situation, So Wendy is a WE. She shares in every thing George does. She is part of everything that goes in on or about that truck and the industry they chose to work in. Having a CDL in the pocket does not change a thing.

  • helmethead

    Most of the new breed can’t bend over far enough to tie their shoes let alone see their feet.

  • James

    They probably have to rely on memory to know if they’re wearing shoes or not.

  • James

    Hank-who is this “US” YOU are referring to? I’m pretty sure it’s not the majority of the good folk who post on here. If you’re counting on THEIR support here,you’re in for a pretty lonely fight. Just so you know-Wendy is the VOICE of Truckers,and Co-pilots as well as a Diplomat who has probably,at one time or another,soothed lawmakers’ foul attitudes brought on by Drivers like you,who can’t make a comment without being gutter-mouthed and insulting. You do more yourself to work AGAINST Truckers than any five others do to help.

  • James

    Hank-if you have a problem with Wendy’s articles,could you maybe convey your “thoughts” with a little more maturity than insults and foul language? Maybe you should move over to something a little more fitting for you,until you can deal with opinions other than your own,maybe the Democrat Party Newsletter or something….

  • James

    Even if you can’t tolerate “hard soled” shoes,it’s worthwhile to wear SOMETHING to offer a little protection to at least your toes. (It’s LAW in Nv.) I wear sneakers,I can’t wear my boots for more than a few hours because of bone damage in my feet,from wearing sneakers in a steel-toe-environment,so I know what I’m talking about.(I’m getting some boots made for me as soon as I get my Hospital bill paid off.) So,let’s say you’re rolling down the road barefoot;someone pulls onto the road,across 2 lanes directly into your path. You react quickly,and go for the brakes-and smack your toes on something (steering column,the pedal,Not knowing your particular truck,???,but you get the point.) Anyway,would it distract your handling of this situation if you broke a couple or three toes right at the start of your reaction? Yeah,I know-that’ll NEVER happen to YOU,cuz YOU’RE a Professional! Well it happened to my Uncle Keith and he was damned lucky it didn’t kill anyone. It DID total his 3 month old truck though. Proof that responsible “Professionals” don’t drive barefoot,because you never know what’s going to happen in the next day,the next hour,the next minute,but you have to be ready for it. Besides,if your eyes get tired,you don’t decide,”My eyes hurt-I think I’ll just drive with ‘em shut for a few minutes.”,do you? The point is-Be ready for whatever happens or could happen. KEEP YOUR SHOES ON WHEN YOU’RE DRIVING!

  • Big Bank Hank

    I’m guessing you are nothing more than a wannabe steering wheel holder or a dumb fleece floperator at swift or cr england… You need to get some time in the saddle boy before you have an opinion in this industry….

  • Big Bank Hank

    Yawn…….

  • USMC 69/75

    Wendy, I agree with what your saying, but like HOTDOG above stated, I will put my foot on the dash or cup holder, in light to no traffic, to stretch my back, and leg muscles. But I WON’T video, or text it. I don’t text anyway, and in my company SOP, for my O/O’s it stipulates the only phone use is blue tooth or nothing. Seeing truck and 4 wheelers texting and driving, or even holding a phone to their ear, (knowing the fines) drives me batty!

  • USMC 69/75

    You need to change occupations, seems like trucking is to painful for a wuss! If you can’t wear boots, try sneakers or loafers, sounds like excuses to me to cover up your wussy-ness!

  • USMC 69/75

    James, That’s all some of these professional steering wheel holders know how to do, I mean you hear them everyday on the BIG radios, blowing smoke!

  • USMC 69/75

    BBH, you need to practice what you preach! Your not one of US, your just a loud mouth trouble maker.

  • USMC 69/75

    Right hankie….yawn on your B/S1

  • USMC 69/75

    Be careful Jeramie, talking with to much of an education, will go over hankies head! He’s only a wheel holder!

  • USMC 69/75

    Then you’d better keep yours to yourself then sonny boy!

  • Jeramie Reed

    This is why I do NOT feel the need to reply to his baiting. He has shown that his IQ is to low to mentally fence with me, lol. Not that it matters, but for HIS info, I have 13 years in this industry and am a 3rd generation driver/owner. I sold my rig a while back as I had a bad motorcyle wreck and was out of work for a while. Now I just drive a company truck and let the owner worry about all the B.S.

  • Jack Simon

    I had an interesting conversation on the CB today with another trucker; my truck is limited to 65 MPH and while passing a slower 4 wheeler I noticed a truck coming up behind me and I pulled in behind the 4 wheeler and the truck zoomed by and told me that ” when I grew up I could go fast too”. I made mention that he was one of the ‘super truckers’ that I frequently pass in winter weather. He asked how that could be since I was regulated at 65. I told him that I was the guy taking it slow and easy at 55 and he was the guy in the ditch. Suddenly the CB went silent.

  • Jack Simon

    Wait till they mandate video cameras in the cab pointing at the driver. Maybe the FMCSA will take exception to feet on the dash.

  • USMC 69/75

    I hear ya….glad you survived the wreck, I had a pickup start crossing into my lane just yesterday, close enough that I hit the side of the driver’s door with my fist…..wake up stupid, you can’t hear a HD next to you?

  • Jeramie Reed

    Several cars and pick ups have rather large foot shaped dents in them after not noticing me and changing lanes into my space. I DO NOT tolerate idiots texting and driving as that is the reason for all but one of those instances. The one exception was a young ladie who just never looked in her mirror at all, I watched her the whole way up the ramp and had nowhere to go due to traffic.

  • localnet

    The flip flops are what get me… See guys on the docks all the time, shower shoes and flip flops, not cool. I have been in three situations where running to safety to flee in plant fires… Never would have made it in shoes like that.

  • vickie Lee thomas

    When I started you were required to wear hard sole shoe so most drivers wore cowboy boots. Of course back then drivers had respect for their self and others on the highway. Now it’s all about what’s it for me.

  • vickie Lee thomas

    Your just another foul mouth jerk that makes the rest of us look bad. And before you say I don’t know what I’m talking about I was probably driving before you were a gleam in your daddy’s eye.

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