Is there any trucking companies out there that treat you different like the old days where you were

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  1. MIT

    MIT Heavy Load Member

    Oct 22, 2018
    So is almost everyone else.
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  3. baha

    baha Road Train Member

    Jul 25, 2013
    All the Petro T/S were brand new because they were just built
  4. Cabinover101

    Cabinover101 Heavy Load Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Company driver or Owner Operator?
    And depends on where you live?
  5. stayinback

    stayinback Road Train Member

    Jan 24, 2014
    Wasn't always like that...Besides, At least Drivers handled their days accordingly-Stopped for Dinner or to say Hi to some Cutie Pie- ..Today- These guys are so stressed out Runnin an E-Log and Hammer down 11 hours a day with no time to smell the Roses,Develop Friendghips,Or Breathe some Fresh air.

    I'll Take 1979 over 2019 Anytime.. No question about it. People were "Real" then. Everythings Fake and a Lie today- Society are Sheep- And are nothing but in a hurry.

    And I Know what im talking about.
  6. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    NW Indiana
    Didn't miss much. When i started in 1976, northAmerican Van Lines was one of the largest truck load carriers in the country. They would hire and train guys 30 per week, turn them loose on the road, and within 2 weeks they would be sitting 2-4 days for loads. The business model hasn't changed much. It costs a carrier very little to have ready capacity sitting around in truckstops since they are paid only when moving. And it won't change unless they are forced to pay some decent wage per day in addition. Don't hold your breath.
    By the way, I used to get 5 course meals at shippers out in California. They had the best roach coaches in the country, food cooked to order. When they mean hot Mexican food, they weren't fooling around.
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  7. Lumper Humper

    Lumper Humper Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2018
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Imagine not knowing how to manage money and living to work.
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  8. Im_Charlie_007

    Im_Charlie_007 Bobtail Member

    Jan 3, 2020
    Freymiller transportation out of okc ... theyer family minded ppl and if u want to work they will run you !
  9. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hampton Virginia
    Your post reminds me of some interesting dichotomies in regard to trucking and the environment most truckers of that era operated in. Because I am old enough to remember both the 60s/70s and today I can look back at the things that changed. I think the first thing was the national "double nickel" speed limit and the infrastructure that arose out of it. This was followed of course with CB radio and movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" and TV shows like "BJ and the Bear" then songs like "Convoy" came along. I may be the only one in here that feels this way, but over the years I have come to despise these type movies and songs because they overly romanticized trucking.

    As I have stated many times on these boards and others like it. My father (as well as most other truckers I knew) took pills and sometime would run day and night until they dropped exhausted at home. I still think this lifestyle is the primary reason he died in 1997. My father was medically retired from WR Grace based in Greenville SC in 1992. I took him that day to clean out his tractor. Then we went and had lunch. I will never forget my father's attitude that day. This was in 1992, almost 28 years ago! He had already then become upset at how trucking had changed and was happy to be finally done with it.

    1979 compared to 2019? Give me1959 or 1969, by 1979 Trucking was already well on it's way to hades!

    The final nail, in my opinion, was the tracking. People think I am crazy. I still have a feeling in the future truckers will be wired up much like the astronauts are today, or totally replaced with A.I.

    I will make this final point. I have seen a substantial change in this industry just in the last 4 or 5 years. I think every driver at some point is going to have to give up most all their privacy or leave the industry. I am also sure my father and all his generation of truckers are today spinning in their graves!
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  10. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    How long has it been since you could park at the fuel island and go in for a bite to eat, while the attendant fueled it washed the windshields and checked the oil, then parked it for you.
    How long has it been since you could tell them at the fuel desk, what time to send someone out to wake you up.
    How long has it been since you could borrow the truck stop managers car to run in to town and take care of any business you needed to.
    Not to mention drivers looking out for each other, and helping when one needed it.
    Not everything was good or even better, but by and large it was a better lifestyle, and it was a lifestyle, not just a job until something else looked better.

    Trucks are a lot more comfortable these days, practicay drive themself, see where this is going, they will eventually drive themself, or a lot of them will.

    Lots of folks blame the small companies and OO's for driving the prices and wages down, I think totally different. Back when freight prices were up there and drivers pay was too, there was not much in the name of mega carriers, who can afford to run cheap because they have a couple of thousand trucks running any given day. The small companies and or oo's can not even think about competing with them on cheap freight, because they can't run on quantity like the megas do.
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