Road Etiquette

| December 03, 2001
  1. Don’t call yourself stupid. You’re only stupid if you think you’re stupid.
  2. If you are fatalistic, meaning you believe you cannot affect when you are going to die, you can end up killing yourself and somebody else in the process. Being fatalistic makes you an at-risk driver.
  3. Observing your own behavior can tell you when you are driving well and when you aren’t. Some guys even carry a tape recorder and document their moves for three or four minutes every once in a while. Then they play it back when there’s a free minute. You’d be surprised how helpful it can be.
  4. You are under constant scrutiny. You know that. Don’t let it get to you. If people see you driving badly, things are bound to get worse.
  5. Long-form physicals don’t tell you everything about your health. Go to a doctor and get a blood lipid test, a sugar test, and if you’re over 50, a colonoscopy. Don’t settle for a sigmoidoscopy. Studies show colonoscopies are much more thorough.
  6. Your truckin’ life is dangerous and unhealthy. It’s up to you to stay alive. The culture isn’t going to change fast enough to keep up with the heart disease or lung cancer you’re working on by smoking to ease the boredom you feel behind the wheel.
  7. You have rights as an employee. Stick up for them.

Road Etiquette

| December 03, 2001

Tips on How to Behave Like a Truck Driver

  1. Don’t call yourself stupid. You’re only stupid if you think you’re stupid.
  2. If you are fatalistic, meaning you believe you cannot affect when you are going to die, you can end up killing yourself and somebody else in the process. Being fatalistic makes you an at-risk driver.
  3. Observing your own behavior can tell you when you are driving well and when you aren’t. Some guys even carry a tape recorder and document their moves for three or four minutes every once in a while. Then they play it back when there’s a free minute. You’d be surprised how helpful it can be.
  4. You are under constant scrutiny. You know that. Don’t let it get to you. If people see you driving badly, things are bound to get worse.
  5. Long-form physicals don’t tell you everything about your health. Go to a doctor and get a blood lipid test, a sugar test, and if you’re over 50, a colonoscopy. Don’t settle for a sigmoidoscopy. Studies show colonoscopies are much more thorough.
  6. Your truckin’ life is dangerous and unhealthy. It’s up to you to stay alive. The culture isn’t going to change fast enough to keep up with the heart disease or lung cancer you’re working on by smoking to ease the boredom you feel behind the wheel.
  7. You have rights as an employee. Stick up for them.

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