What ever happend to the ole days

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by me only, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. me only

    me only Medium Load Member

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    When you could just drive and be happy ,with out these regulations and so
    on?been at it for 30 yrs now .it sure has changed .all these endorsements ,schools,i learned the hard way ,drove a triplex on a farm with a milk container .what a chore that was .no one ever taught me a thing.i learned all on my own .:biggrin_25516::biggrin_25516:
     
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  3. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

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    It changed because there were too many numb nuts out there that would drive for 18-20 hours on 2 hours of sleep. Or they would not keep their brakes adjusted / the thousand other things that we must do as responsible drivers.

    Todays stuff I am glad I learned in a class room. It taught me by a non bias point of view why and how we should be driving. In the 2 companies that I have worked there was always something new that they would teach me, so I know there is alot to be learned. I am open to and embrace change, as I see it as something for the better.

    Granted there are alot of drivers that I have seen that supposedly drive trucks for the national carriers that I believe have no business being behind the wheel. But hey, thats just me and I respect everyones desire to their choices good or bad. I strive to make everyones life fun from when I am driving or even dealing with the shipper or reciever.

    Just my 2 pennies. I welcome yours.
     
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  4. dibstr

    dibstr Road Train Member

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    Come on now, everyone knows all us old drivers can drive better asleep than the new panty waste pampered by the regulations worm of a driver. :biggrin_255:
     
  5. old-school

    old-school Light Load Member

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    I do some of my best driving asleep. or as my wife calls it driving by brail from the rumble strip lol
     
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  6. old-school

    old-school Light Load Member

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    when you have some one that has only been driving 9 months and is a driver trainer. that has alot todo with all the bull crap rules. some people are born to drive a truck and some people are born to drive a burger flipper just my two cents
     
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  7. SheepDog

    SheepDog Road Train Member

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    I believe there are drivers of the old days that could easily teach new drivers a thing or two but, I also believe there are drivers today that have the same passion, desire and drive to do what we all do, drive trucks from point A to point B. I also believe that since trucks were conceived, there have been num nutts that should not be behind the wheel of a car, let alone a truck. With that in mind, lets ALL help out when help is needed and strive to make this industry a better industry than it is now.
     
  8. blackw900

    blackw900 The Grandfather of Flatbed

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    Learn that in school?

    The reason that this industry has gotten so many regulations shoved down it's neck in the last few years stems directly from the arrival on the trucking scene a couple of decades ago of the first of the big bottom feeder companies!
    Companies like JB Hunt, Schnieder, Werner, CR England and others came up with the idea that they could teach anyone to drive a truck and that in return they would get a labor force that cost them less money!
    The results were almost catastrophic and it became a running joke out here among "real drivers" that everywhere you'd look you'd see one of these companies trucks laying on its side or abandoned in a truckstop somewhere.

    Somewhere along the way these companies began to perpetuate the myth that all old school drivers were irresposible "outlaws" that were not to be listened to lest they tell you how to do it the wrong way....They had to find some way of making their unwitting dupes believe that anything we told then was BS and thet the school/company way was the only right way because as soon as the unwitting dupes found out how bad they were being hosed by the companies they would move on to a better job.

    The rapid decline in safety in the trucking industry coincides directly with the onset of the trucking school/big bottom feeder phenomenon.



    BUT!

    In the old days it was way harder for the numbnutts to get licensed and hired because the old guard would weed them out for the most part....Now the trucking schools and big bottom feeders will hire these idiots in a heartbeat over a smarter, more experienced hand because they know that they'll be able to use them up for quite a while before they burn out and leave to make room for the next crop of soon to be ex-drivers!
     
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  9. tirednaz

    tirednaz Heavy Load Member

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    Here, here Sheepdog, I for one believe we all could learn something from each other if we would just swallow our pride and offer a helping hand to our fellow trucker especially when they are obviously in need of help. Condescending remarks, finger pointing and blasting the horn do nothing. Offer the help if the guy or gal refuse it so be it but at least you offered it.
     
  10. me only

    me only Medium Load Member

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    most the good drivers gave up when the cdl came in effect .
     
  11. gravelhauler

    gravelhauler Medium Load Member

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    The day you stop learning something in this business is the day you need to throw the kickstand down for good.
     
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