Drivers don't look like drivers anymore

Discussion in 'Discuss Your Favorite Trucking Company Here' started by 2old, Aug 5, 2018.

What kind of hat do you wear?

  1. Cowboy

    18 vote(s)
    3.6%
  2. Baseball cap

    267 vote(s)
    52.8%
  3. No hat

    166 vote(s)
    32.8%
  4. Tilley

    5 vote(s)
    1.0%
  5. Sombrero

    18 vote(s)
    3.6%
  6. Sock or Ski

    5 vote(s)
    1.0%
  7. Crash helmet

    27 vote(s)
    5.3%
  1. #wishfulthinking

    #wishfulthinking Light Load Member

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    Modern version of the dirty sweatpants full of holes
     
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  2. BigBob410

    BigBob410 Road Train Member

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    I wear shorts and work boots. It's our uniform. Along with a reflective work shirt. Try climbing around a car carrier all day in cowboy boots and jeans and a long sleeve shirt and get back to me.
     
  3. truckthatpassesyouby

    truckthatpassesyouby Road Train Member

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    Its called Professionalism. It goes according to how we act and how we behave. You wouldnt understand that.
     
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  4. stillwurkin

    stillwurkin Road Train Member

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    They had it all, under the big orange ball. Union 76. For those who don't remember.
     
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  5. #wishfulthinking

    #wishfulthinking Light Load Member

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    What you're doing is completely understandable. Personally I think cowboy boots are a bad idea. They have no tread on them and they are slippery as hell on metal or wet surfaces. They are a fall waiting for a place to slip.
     
  6. 2old

    2old Heavy Load Member

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    Response: I'm sure your attitude helps too!

    But in all seriousness, you sound like you take your job and responsibility very seriously and couple that with being female is a winning combination! Thanks for posting and having some fun.
     
  7. #wishfulthinking

    #wishfulthinking Light Load Member

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    Thank you, I do take it seriously, that's a 40 ton missile I run 600+ miles a day, but I do like to have fun while staying safe out there, otherwise I'd be insane after 30 years!
     
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  8. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    I had a pair out of Maryland with steel toe, tread, fuel resistant and similar protection, metal shank etc and the outer material lasted pretty much 30 years of abuse at work. I finally disposed of them a few years back. If there was still shops like in my childhood with a trade in resoling boots, I would have had a shop replace the sole for another 30 years. But the old trades have pretty much gone.

    I use a pair of USMC pattern Civilian Boots made by the same factory (Branded on the heel to prevent accusations of poser etc) that makes the actual military issue boots. Essentially the tankers version for vehicle work. Plain for summer or winter use. They are not cheap but it is what it is.

    One of these days I'll find a replacement for the pair I had, that company I believe went out of business long ago. It was literally at the Union 76 branded store inside Frederick when I picked up that pair. I could not understand then at 21 just how durable and long they lasted for what I put them through in all weathers.
     
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  9. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

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    It is agreed, very nice.

    I would be involuntarily committed to a sanitarium out of my head for the things Ive seen and done out there myself long ago. But you learn to box it up and move on with life. And have a little fun along the way.

    Having fun did not pay very much of anything so to speak but it was worth it. It helps decompress and prevent sort of going Postal with a 40 ton vehicle. (That's no good. Can't have that...)

    One example of fun would be to load a trainee up with a whole bunch of little details in paper work. When person starts to exhibit physical signs of stress (Purple or blood vessals going in neck or head etc) I'll add one little request. Check that seal back there make sure it matches the logs you have on there. (By now trainee is buried in 6 or 7 different requests to be done pretty much asap.)

    While trainee marches back towards the doors to get the seal number cursing my parentage, lineage, ancestry and everything else under the sun, Ive had that tractor trailer gently released on the service brake and rolling backwards slower than the trainee is walking (Usually by the middle marker light)

    It will be a while before trainee stops dead and screams #### this is a long trailer. And then 2=2 being part of a joke. Sometimes I pay for that in knots and blood. But it's all good.
     
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  10. KillingTime

    KillingTime Road Train Member

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    Wait.... So you were lying to me when you said 'I go to work in a codpiece.... and only a codpiece.'?
     
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