Young drivers, note the vehicles around you
I had been driving for 30 years before I became disabled in June 2010. I urge younger drivers who love the road as much as I did to drive safely.
My own experience shows the benefits of doing so. Once while driving in the right lane on Interstate 40 in Arizona I observed a police car coming up behind another vehicle. The patrol car did not have his lights on and appeared to be intimidating the vehicle he was behind. As the vehicle passed me, I could see that it was an older gentleman and, I assumed, his wife. I realized he was doing everything he could to move out of the patrol car’s path, so I was prepared when he had to cut me short in his haste.
I avoided a potentially fatal accident because I took the few seconds it takes to look down. Imagine such a scenario with a fully loaded truck going 75 mph and a driver not paying attention. It goes to show that staying aware of the vehicles around you can save lives. Take the time to look around you. You might be saving someone’s life.
WOLFGANG MAHN | Retired owner-operator, previously leased to Landstar Ranger | Salisbury, N.C.
“My problem isn’t with safety violations. [The problem] centers around the increased damage to our roads and bridges by expanding the weight we can haul. I don’t care if they add a third axle to the standard van trailer, but 17,000 more pounds is still more weight on our roads. The additional stopping distance needed is also a concern for the heavier loads, not to mention the increased fuel usage by today’s trucks.”
— Chris Milburn, in response to news that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is analyzing data to see if heavier truckloads bring more safety violations than light ones.
Why did you go into trucking and how long will you stay in it?
MALCOLM LANE | Palmer Gregory and Sons company driver | Westmoreland, Tenn.
DAVID GREER | Owner-operator leased to FedEx Custom Critical | Lenoir, N.C.
RODRICK ROBINSON | Macon, Miss.
Southeast Logistics company driver
USA Trucking company driver
“I moved to Tennessee after I bought a real estate magazine there, and when that fell through, I needed a job. Tennessee is the crossroads of the trucking industry. I’ll keep on going till I retire.” BILL THOMAS | Gallatin, Tenn.
Owner-operator leased to Zipp Express
MOHAMMED PYARALI | El Paso, Texas
Owner-operator leased to FX Express Trucking
“I’m just glad to be able to help other people. And if someone is putting me in these positions, I wish they’d stop.”
— NFI Industries driver Michael Hawthorne, of Somerdale, N.J., speaking to ABCNews.com after helping deliver an infant on an interstate near Dallas, his third roadside delivery since 1999.
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