Veteran truck drivers have seen it all and done it all. Those who have been working in the industry for 10-20 years have a unique perspective on where the industry has been and where it’s going.
We wanted to share some of that veteran wisdom which is usually only exchanged in groups like the ROMEO club in Chatanooga which stands for “Retired old men eating out.” A group of retired drivers. To get this wisdom out to our readers especially those considering a career in trucking, we asked some veteran truck drivers to give us their advice and perspective on the industry today. Here’s what they told us.
Veteran truck drivers like Donald Norton of Boyd Brothers Transportation, are eager to explain why four wheelers are the biggest safety concern on the road and why they sometimes bring out the worst tendencies in other drivers.
Norton says, “You will have a car over in the left lane that’s going to get off up there, and instead of falling back and going right behind you, they’re going to run up and cut straight across you.” This causes truckers to have to slam on the brakes in order to avoid collisions and is a regular part of every trucker’s daily haul.
With logging going digital, many veteran drivers like Norton are sticking to the paper logs until the official January 2017 deadline. Paper logs are a great example of a crossroads in the trucking industry.
One of the many reasons that veteran truckers don’t like the electronic logs is because it forces drivers to rush to beat the clock. Gone are the days of take a nap or pulling over to eat and driving a few hours later that day. It will be interesting to watch how veteran truckers adjust to the electronic logging legislation.
Parking and Filling Up:
Along with a veteran’s career in the trucking industry comes the knowledge of when to pull into a filling station (before 7PM), keeping a stash of frozen food so you don’t have to stop for meals or find truck stops or figuring out to call clients ahead and ask for overnight parking. Some veteran truckers even go so far as to find a Walmart in the area if you’re caught in a bind without anywhere to park.
One thing almost all veteran truckers agree on is a distaste for reserved truck stop parking. With the going rate being almost $15, veterans go a long way to save that cash.
Veteran drivers find it hard to think about doing any other job, the freedom and autonomy of the road gets in their blood and they’re only too happy to pass down the wisdom they learned on the lonely road.
To learn more strategies for staying healthy and productive on the road, or to start the search for your next trucking job, contact a CDS specialist today.