Today’s Thoughts by Jeff Head 9/21/16 For All To See
I was giving a ride to a friend the other day in my car down on the east side in the Atlanta, Ga area. We were just riding along and chatting headed west on Interstate 20 when we followed a big truck onto the Interstate 285 ramp. As many of you know this ramp, I am sure you know that it splits going both north and south on 285. Just about the split, we hear a truck horn blasting and my rider looks out to see the big truck about a foot off the tail of the confused driver of the car. The truck driver was pushing the car and blasting the horn to get them out of their way. Any guess at what my friend who did not know of my trucking experience reaction was to the scene playing out in front of us was.
I totally agreed with my friend as I explained my experience over the road and told him that truckers that drive like that really have no business behind the wheel of a big truck. I know, I know, that statement will probably irritate out of some but that is how I see it. You see the terrified look on my friends face as he looked out of my windshield and watched a real killer trucker in action tells it all. The actions of an trucker define how each and every trucker out there is perceived.
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Luckily, I was there to defend the honor of safe and legal truckers as we discussed what we seen. I assured him that the majority of truckers on the road today call out such despicable action by other truckers and they themselves treat others on the highway, as they would want their own loved ones treated. As for the confused traveler in front, not sure on a strange highway just which way to go. Well you can just about bet that the trucking industry lost a friend that day, for years the terrorizing memory of nothing but truck grill in his rear view and blasting of truck horn will dictate how he sees and reacts to all things trucking. Even the decent truckers out their will have to deal with what my friend and I witnessed that day.
As an industry, we professional truckers are under a microscope. Of all the great things we do, only the worst will be remembered. This is true though in all walks of life. It is a good thing that truckers like this I believe are dwindling in numbers but will always be a part of our industry. We will all ways be making up for the all the bad things they do. What a wonderful challenge for the rest of us to have.
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