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August 5, 2011 AUTHOR: zachary CATEGORIES: Real World Tags:

Truck Driving

Everyone’s job sucks. I get it. I’m not promoting this sob story, heartbreaking though it may be.  But these are interesting facts about truck driving.

“… His truck is governed to 68 miles an hour, because the company he leases it from believes it keeps him and the public and the equipment safer.  The truck he passed was probably running under 65 mph to conserve fuel. You see, the best these trucks do for fuel economy is about 8 miles per gallon. With fuel at almost $4 per gallon — well, you do the math. And, yes, that driver pays for his own fuel. He needs to be 1,014 miles from where he loaded in two days. And he can’t fudge his federally mandated driver log, because he no longer does it on paper; he is logged electronically. He can drive 11 hours in a 14-hour period; then he must take a 10-hour break. …”

ps. I always respect truck driver’s on the road.  I had great teachers (mom and dad) who imparted that road wisdom and etiquette of how to warn your  fellow road warriors of the impending smokey around the corner. And a quit tap o’ lights to let the trucks know you’re letting em’ in to pass.

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