“I hope I’m out at the lake,” wrote Texas-based independent owner-operator Cody Blankenship, after we asked for drivers’ July 4 plans last week on our Facebook page. “But the phone is already ringing off the hook wanting my availability.” That was well “better than the opposite,” the operator said, joining others who mulled over the possibilities of taking advantage of the day to bring in revenue.
“I’ll be on the road,” noted Kevin McGrath, “so I will take advantage of a free meal for veterans at TA or Petro” Details on the truck stops’ program for both vets and active-duty military on July 4 is here.
Not everyone was planning on another day on the road. Jim Schranz planned on enjoying peace and quiet at home, and Mike Agresto looked forward to “being out of this truck for a few days.”
While we’re at it, here’s a big shout-out to driver Don Johnson, who noted his Independence Day trucking tradition was perhaps the absolute best in more ways than one. “It’s my birthday!” Happy birthday, Don.
Whatever you’re up to today, take the opportunity to enjoy the freedoms we have , while we have them.
And if you’re out on the road, don’t forget to log that 30-minute break. Just sayin’.
Affected tractors are equipped with an automated Eaton UltraShift Plus or Eaton Advantage Transmission with right hand stalk shifter. In the affected trucks, the display on the instrument panel can indicate “N” when the shifter is set into “D” or “R,” causing the truck not to move.