Truck Driver Attempts U-Turn On Interstate After Getting Stuck In Traffic

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  1. truckthatpassesyouby

    truckthatpassesyouby Road Train Member

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    Valid points. We're all in this pile together!
     
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  3. rbrtwbstr

    rbrtwbstr Road Train Member

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    This makes my head hurt... Contrary to what you may have been brainwashed in Billy Big Rigger Academy, the HOS were enacted to PROTECT drivers back then. They actually had good intentions, believe it or not. I would hazard a guess here that the person who mentioned 'the good old days' really meant the time period when drivers actually wanted to be drivers. They didn't take this job because they were out of options. They wanted to be out here. A time when the CB was actually used as a tool, and not for making childish noises on when you're sitting for 34 hours. There was a time when this job was actually fun, and drivers were proud of what they did, and it showed. Drivers took pride in their trucks, and a job well done. I just saw a thread earlier about Swift not paying for truck washes or something. Someone posted (and seemed proud of) that their truck hadn't seen a wash in 9 months. I couldn't fathom driving a truck that crusty.

    I've been driving for only 16 years now, (this was my chosen profession, I never had any interest in anything else) but I can tell you one thing. It has become really ridiculous out here since the economy crashed in 07/08. I attribute it to the high unemployment in every other industry. Suddenly, every bonehead who ever had a thought of being a truck driver was now looking for work. And the mega fleets happily obliged in giving these yo-yo's a shot. So now you have people out here who may be very intelligent, but have zero business behind the wheel of a truck.

    You can't place all the blame for the State of the industry on the new guys though. There were, and still are, some bad apples out there. And that won't change. But calling out the old timers and blaming them for all the BS laws and regulations won't work either. Same as the old timers calling out the new guys won't work.
     
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  4. 12 ga

    12 ga THE VIEW FROM MY OFFICE

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  5. americanmadetrucker

    americanmadetrucker Logistical Engineer

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    Thursday.
     
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  6. dog-c

    dog-c Road Train Member

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    I regularly talk to a few old school friends of mine who drove in the 70's and 80's just for their stories and to improve myself as a driver. Old school to me means a strong work ethic and common sense. It doesn't mean that since I'm driving some companies truck I should ##### and complain that the speed limiter is set to 63 and I can't 'speed' like some of you (ironically, 'old school' drivers) complain about.
    Wrong.
    Higher volume of trucks on the road along with a lower dimwitted workforce, as a result of companies like swift, that put drivers on the road is the result of mega co. holding our hands.
    Additionally there are a majority of us that do not desire 18 hour work days and fudging the logs. no thanks
     
  7. formerdriver2

    formerdriver2 Bobtail Member

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  8. Johnathan Gregorio

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  9. Jonkie

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    CDL pays well lol

    By the way there were no good old days all them drivers in the seventies were just doing tons of speed banging lot lizards and listening to horrible country music
     
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