Driving barefoot.

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  1. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

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    I never wear gloves. Firewood, metal work, quarrying stone, building rock walls, whatever.

    Drove barefoot as much as possible too, keeps the footie funk in check. Theres a lot of 3rd world ick in the parris island showers thats been with me ever since.
     
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  3. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

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    Wrong, wrong, wrong... :rolleyes:

    Everybody knows “supertruckers” wear boots. This one wears Red Wings. :cool:
     
  4. 650cat425

    650cat425 Road Train Member

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    I'm an ariat man myself. Pull on ones at that. :D
     
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  5. Trucking in Tennessee

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    Some drivers find it easier to drive barefoot though this poses its own risks:

    1 The clutch may require heavy pressure to be applied especially if it’s an older car.
    2 The class is relatively small pedal requiring drivers to exert a lot of pressure on the ball of their foot. The sole of a shoe distributes pressure evenly.
    3 Repeated use of the clutch could end up being painful, causing cramp or other spasms in the foot and reducing the ability of the driver to effectively appropriate a vehicle.
    4 Operating pedals with wet feet is dangerous as pedals can become slippery.
    5 Nylon socks or tights can reduce traction between your foot and the pedals.
    6 Your foot could slip off the pedal due to insufficient grip.
    7 In the unfortunate event of a crash, appropriate driving shoes are likely to offer a reduction in foot injury. In cases of traffic crashes you may tread on broken glass and debris and sustain major injuries.
     
  6. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    For me, being comfortable and knowing that I’m not tracking everything I just walked through into my cab far outweigh those “risks” in that list.

    My 579 has a regular throttle pedal, but when KW updated their dash and went to their hanging pedal it has super comfy to drive just by hooking my big toe over the edge of the pedal when I wasn’t using cruise.
     
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    They were addressing the brake pedal, not the throttle.
     
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  8. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    I usually wear boots but they don't make it past the drivers seat. Non insulated irish setter Wellington. Wipe the dash down every day and vaccum once a week. Sheets/blankets changed once a week too. Even tho i only use it as a napper not a sleeper lol.

    Ozium works really good for getting rid of odors too. Way better than febreze
     
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  9. Harry Flashman

    Harry Flashman Medium Load Member

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    Bee venom is good for dealing with joint pain.

    I occasionally scan the flowers near the truck stops for bees. I catch them in a plastic bottle and have specialized tweezers for holding them while I apply the sting.

    First times I did it, it was intense. But now I have gotten used to it. Hurts for like 10 minutes, but then afterwards there is a pleasant warm feeling in the affected joint for hours.

    Knees mostly.
     
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  10. TallJoe

    TallJoe Road Train Member

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    Wow. That's interesting. I gotto convince my wife to try it. Lol. Her joints giving her hard times lately.
    Seriously, I'll look into it some more.
     
  11. Brettj3876

    Brettj3876 Road Train Member

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    That's neat. Already have psoriasis like my grandma so im pretty sure arthritis is in my future to lol
     
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