So, here I sit, shutdown by the Arkansas DOT because I violated my permit. The route I had took me around construction on I-55 in West Memphis. Well, I planned on staying at the Flying J in West Memphis which is Exit 4 on I-55. I figured, no problem, because US-70 dumps back out onto … Continue reading I’m In Good Hands
By Renee E. Taylor
What is your life worth?
Trucker A is resting in the sleeper of his truck. He is awakened by the sound of a thief breaking into the truck, intent on stealing truck and cargo. The assailant enters the truck and upon seeing Trucker A, pulls a weapon with intent to kill. Trucker A is unarmed. The assailant kills Trucker A, steals truck and cargo. The cost is the driver’s life, the company’s stolen truck and trailer and tens of thousands of dollars of cargo. Trucker A’s family loses a husband and father.
Trucker B is resting in the sleeper of his truck. He is awakened by the sound of a thief breaking into the truck, intent on stealing truck and cargo. The assailant enters the truck and upon seeing Trucker B, pulls a weapon with…
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I posted on Facebook earlier this evening that I received an email from my old Fleet Manager letting me know that I was approved by Safety to move to John Deere starting in June. But what does that mean exactly? If you were to ask Angie, she would tell you that it means I will … Continue reading Movin’ On Up
I just read this article from USA TODAY: Debate over video-game violence link resurfaces http://usat.ly/UE4yY9 To say that it pisses me off is an understatement. The article says that violent video games, movies, etc., desensitize our kids. Really? I was born in 1973 and all the while growing up I watched violent movies, and played … Continue reading Good ‘Ol Fashioned Ass Whoopin’
Before I begin, let me set the scene: I was traveling North on I-435 around Kansas City. There are three lanes of traffic, but there was an accident and the right two lanes were slow/blocked. I was in the left lane going through the accident scene. As we all get past the accident and get … Continue reading Hang Up and Drive
My first week of training is in the books and it was filled with excitement, nervousness, frustration, and sore muscles. There are probably more adjectives I could toss in there as well, but those are the main ones. My trainer wasn't loaded Monday morning, so while we waited on a load assignment he went over … Continue reading Like Riding A Bike……Sort Of
Yesterday was the longest day I have had in a long time. I got up at 0500 to check out of my room and be on the bus by 0700. We got released from orientation at 1400 and were taken to the airport to get our rental cars. Then I had to go back to … Continue reading Friggin Exhausted
Today was all about load securement. In fact, that's all we did all day. It was a good refresher though as well as learning the way TMC requires things to be secured. It wasn't totally different from what I already knew, but they require certain things to be done that is above and beyond what … Continue reading TMC Orientation, Day 4
Today's festivities started with a log book and hours of service presentation. Since all of us were experienced he basically went through it fairly quickly. It was now time for the final graded test of the week, which was over that presentation. Needless to say I got an "A" on it, which gave me an … Continue reading TMC Orientation, Day 3
Today's festivities started out with a strength test with the TMC Physical Therapist. We had to be evaluated on picking up a 110lb lumber tarp the proper way. Once we picked up the tarp we had to walk around to the side of the trailer and toss it onto the trailer. Then we had to … Continue reading TMC Orientation, Day 2