Too Many Accidents

I read the news every day about trucking, wow, there are far too many accidents involving big trucks these days. I blame the increase on poor training. Truck driving schools are steady pumping out drivers that are just not ready to get behind the wheel of a semi. In my opinion, classroom training should be at least 3 months. Once the trainee is in the truck  he or she should go another month watching and learning, should not get behind the wheel for that month, except for backing into docks now and then. The trainer should have no less than five accident free years over the road. When the trainee does get behind the wheel, it should be limited for another couple of months. The trainee should also speak good english, and be a legal citizen. The trainee should be trained in all aspects of trucking, and should know the equipment well, from front to back. When I had to retire from the road after 30 years for health reasons, I was offered a job teaching, I turned it down, and for good reason. I was told that I would need to pass some trainees, even if they were questionable,  they needed to get a certain number of new drivers each session for several reasons, I just would not do that. If I passed a student, he or she would be ready.

Any way, these are just my opinions.

Trucking On My Mind

As you know, if you know me, I was a long haul trucker for 30 years, my wife was my trucking partner for almost 20 of those years. The trucking industry has changed so much since I had to retire, but I still miss it. I am not sure if I would want to be out there on the now because of all the changes. Trucking was fun when I started in 1971, one big happy family. There are too many rules now, some good, some bad, electronic logs would be my biggest problem.I have had several driver friends tell me that they were only a few miles from Pick up or delivery but had to stop because they were out of miles, back in the day, we would have driven those few miles, and fix it in our log books, so much time is wasted now because of some computer saying it’s time to stop. I would not like being told when I have to sleep. They say that electronic logs are safer for drivers, I don’t agree. Anyway, I still miss the road at times, even in the winter. Be safe out there drivers.