Reader: Truck drivers essential to American way of life

| June 11, 2014

The following letter came in from Elberta Bocock, administrator of a Facebook page that is a salute to OTR drivers. 


trucks on highwayManufacturers, warehouse employees, auto makers, farmers, and etc. in large part go home every night to a home-cooked meal, relaxing recliner, hot shower and, most of all, their families. All the while, the truck driver deals with all manner of weather conditions on the road, traffic, the loneliness of the highway, rude gestures and remarks from motorists, sometimes wondering if there’s a parking spot at the next truck stop where they can get a bite to eat, a shower or just sleep.

They may sit for hours or days waiting on a new load, and if that truck ain’t rollin’, they’re not making money! But do not think for a minute that truck drivers are rich. They have a job to do, and they get it done for all of us. Sure, there are planes, trains and boats, but you can be sure you will not see them bumping a dock at a Walmart, post office, hospital, car dealership, mall, gas station… The list goes on.

Simply put, we need our trucks and the drivers in them! 


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Robert Sutton, a driver out of Meridian, Idaho, has been named a Highway Angel by the Truckload Carriers Association after he came to the aid of a family of four that had been involved in a crash on an icy road.

They are human beings, too, with families. Many don’t make it home for holidays, births, funerals, birthdays, anniversaries, proms, first steps, first missing teeth, graduations. Many miss out on watching their children grow up, missing the son’s football game, the daughter’s volleyball practice.


The scrum over mandatory detention pay

Following the Obama administration's nod to the notion of mandatory detention pay in its draft highway bill, debate has intensified over whether the federal government ought to be involved in detention at all.

So when you sit down at the dinner table with your family every night, say a prayer for those drivers sitting in the cabs of their trucks, grubbing on a burger or chicken sandwich from a fast-food joint while driving to their destination to make their appointment on time. These men and women do not have enough truck stops in the country, not enough rest areas, not enough lighting or security at these truck stops or rest areas. There are many, many shippers and receivers that will not let drivers stay on their property even if, given delays experience care of the shipper or receiver, the driver’s hours run out. 

If you accepted the judgment of many in the mainstream media and at ambulance-chasing law firms, you’d think that truck drivers were evil “serial killers” creating mayhem on the roads. Most, however, do not realize that it is the motorist that is the at-fault party in more than 75 percent of accidents that involve large trucks. 

While there are truck drivers that have been reckless, they are as human as the next person, and we all deserve a chance to prove that we can change. I am trying to open the eyes of the populace about our unsung heroes, our world’s truck drivers, our highway angels, our asphalt cowboys and cowgirls. If it weren’t for trucks and the drivers in them, you’d have nothing! –Elberta Bocock,

  • Elberta Bocock

    Thank You!! Respect to all Truck Drivers around the world!! :)

  • Ron

    Thank you for such a good report about all of us (truck Drivers)
    We move the world on wheels!


  • Viki

    …what he said. Thank you!

  • Sam Olessi

    Thank You Elberta Bocock

  • Toni

    Thanks Elberta. We are sometimes unappreciated. It’s nice to know someone cares.

  • Kathy

    Thank you.

  • USMC 69-75

    Wow! Thanks, a little positive recognition for a change…..feels GOOD! Greatly appreciated……. 4 mil and still going strong.

  • Lee Campobasso

    Thank you so much for the understanding of our job, the kind words

  • nan

    Thank you

  • JoAnn Jehoich

    You have done an excellent job of summarizing for the work the drivers do. I don’t drive a big rig but i’m all for the trucker. I dispatch for one and I hear all the the things that happen out there and I think 4-wheelers are a idiotic bunch around the trucks. I have also seen a lot of stuff out there. I know that every so often something happens that a trucker can’t control. I’ve even been also run over by a truck who was not paying enough attention at a light coming up for him, but he was enough on the ball to get it to the side of my small car and not hit us at the red light that we were stopped at. I’ve seen cars pull out in front of semis and then hit the brakes, cut them off and give them the finger, tailgate right where the trucker cannot see them, etc. I don’t know how they expect an 80,000 # truck to stop on a dime when they are the ones who cause things to happen. My pickup won’t even stop on a dime and I drive a heavy F-150. Just a shade under the weight of a 3/4 ton Chevy surburban.

    I’ve had my driver sit for 6 hrs waiting to get loaded and then get refused detention time, which I always try to get for him. I’ve been lucky on most of that with getting some extra for him. I’ve even been lucky that most of the companies that I deal with know me and know that I will push for the driver getting what he deserves. I get real vocal on things for the truckers. If it wasn’t for the trucker, a lot of supplies for the home wouldn’t be there for homeowners. Trains just don’t run everywhere. It is the truckers who go to small towns and out-of-way places to deliver there goods. It is the trucker who keeps this country running. Without them there would be no business. They deliver the goods to build with and then take them out when they are manufactured. I would stand with the trucker at any time. They are the best!

    When I traveled with my young boys, they watched out for me on the road. They are the guardian angels of the traveler. They are there when you need help. Thank you guys!

  • sassy

    Wow…that was well said. Thank you for the appreciation us truck drivers do. We hardly hear a positive word. Like you put it…”If YOU bought It a truck driver BROUGHT IT!”. THANK YOU FOR CARING!!!

  • Joe

    Thanks for the tip of the hat

  • Hywayman

    Without trucks America stops…Period

  • Travis Bell

    Did you know that pertaining to the Hours Of Service laws, most truck drivers are forced to have only the 1 job! In a 7 day work week, truck drivers aren’t allowed to work more than 60 to 70 hours per week! No part time job to help make ends meet around holidays! Truck drivers should be making an average of $85,000 a year (with a good driving record)!