that smoke smell in the truck...

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by soon2betrucking, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. usncva62

    usncva62 Light Load Member

    Feb 24, 2012
    barre vermont
    are trainers allowed to smoke in the truck while training?
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  3. ecmcintosh

    ecmcintosh Light Load Member

    Dec 23, 2011
    Murray, KY
    Get yourself an ozone generator. End of story.
  4. Ex-Con-Trucker

    Ex-Con-Trucker Medium Load Member

    Oct 1, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga
    I also get in the front seat, and lower the window all the way. Get some strong degreaser, and wipe down the whole interior a few times a week. I use 409, and every time i get out of the truck, for any amount of time, I spray Febreez. Also, clothes, and cloth is what holds the smoke smell. Closing your cab curtains may keep smoke from getting into your bedding, or clothes. I also roll down both windows for a few minutes each day while driving to really air things out. Cleaning your interior windshield should also help.
  5. ecmcintosh

    ecmcintosh Light Load Member

    Dec 23, 2011
    Murray, KY
    ....or your pedals.
  6. T-Lady

    T-Lady Medium Load Member

    Feb 20, 2012
    Wautoma, WI
    ..or the floor under the pedals...or the seat, if it's vinyl...which is a horror story from my days driving at an auto auction...EVERY SURFACE imaginable covered with the high gloss of armor all...rubber floor mat, pedals, steering wheel, dash, seat, door....even with a seatbelt on, I slid all over. UGH!!!

    Back on track with the (really old) thread...when driving dump trucks that stunk of smoke, I used Lysol or Clorox wipes on all hard surfaces (except windows...those got Windex). Sometimes I went through a couple containers IN A DAYCAB before getting most of the ick gone. YUCK. I never did much to the seats...And I drove with windows open whenever possible.
    Heavy smoke smell, overpowering air fresheners, etc...will either give me an asthma attack (NOT COOL) or make my nose bleed (ALSO not cool). I've used diluted vinegar when dealing with dog pee on furniture (gotta love males who lift their legs! ACK!) and had good results, so I'll give it a shot to kill smells in the truck, if necessary.
  7. mmoo

    mmoo Bobtail Member

    Mar 11, 2012
    I'm considering becoming a driver, and I hate old smoker smell. How common is it? I assume every company lets people smoke in the trucks. Is that right? Then considering that the trucks are often reassigned ... is it safe to assume every truck in every fleet is an ashtray? And the only way around it is to be O/O?

    How often are trucks typically reassigned? If I were starting with one of the big OTR companies, how many different trucks should I expect to drive in the first year? Removing smoke smell is a big ordeal, and I'd be bummed if I got it right, then got stuck in another dirty one a week later. Do you get any notice? I'm picturing swapping the assigned mattress for a new one, and then trying to swap when reassigning, taking the new mattress to the next truck. crazy talk?

    Without knowing any better, I'm guessing drivers make more likely smokers than the average Joe. Is that true? What proportion of drivers are smokers?

    (EDIT: I googled, and apparently truckers smoke at about the same rate as general population. 1 in 5)
  8. Big Don

    Big Don "Old Fart"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Utah's DIXIE!
    mmoo, if your company finds out about your insistance on cleaning up a smoker's truck, look to be assigned a different truck about twice a month. That way they get their fleet cleaned for nothing. . .:biggrin_25522:

    OK, I was just joshing you there. I think that a lot of companies will try to accomodate you as far as the smoking is concerned. Not all, but I think most of them will.

    As to how many different trucks you will be assigned in the first year, it really is impossible to tell. You may get one truck and stay with it, or you could get several. It really depends on what is going on at any given time with your company.
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