Welcome to my blog and site…

I am an OTR truck driver and this blog will be about what I see on the road – stupidity from cars and trucks alike. It will be about what I think about the trucking industry. It will be about what I live with and live through. It will include scathing comments about mega carriers, mega truckstops, horrible truck driver training programs, industry officials, idiotic government limitations and restrictions. Nothing will be held back.

People need to answer for themselves. If you can see license plates, company names, DOT numbers, etc, in the pics and vids — too bad. In fact, if they don’t show and I know the information, I’ll post it. I’m tired of drivers that endanger my life on a daily basis – cars and trucks alike. You don’t deserve protection of privacy.

I am not perfect and I make mistakes, too. I fully expect that someone, someday, may very well post me on a video somewhere. Fine by me. I am careful each and every day. I want everyone to go home to their loved ones. I am infuriated by those who do not have this very basic, human desire. For those that are dangerous and selfish, I will post your business every chance I get and share it as far and wide as I can.

Covid 19 Trucker Related Links

This list will be added to as time allows.

Drivers On Their Own If They Have to Self Isolate

Arkansas truck driver battles worry and stress on the road

Change.org Trucker Petition

America’s largest trucking companies won’t reveal how — or if — they’ll get their drivers home if they get coronavirus, and truckers are terrified

Trucking group tells Trump that truckers need ‘URGENT’ help to fight COVID-19

Paid Leave Benefits Amid Coronavirus Crisis—But Millions Won’t Be Eligible

Show truck drivers some respect’: Burrillville man says he tested positive for COVID-19

Sick Pay, Leave Pay, Truckers & Covid-19

There is a great deal of confusion regarding sick/leave pay regarding Covid 19 and understandably so. It’s complicated. The following is an attempt at simplification of what you might be eligible for. Disclaimer: this is not intended to be legal advice. Do your own due diligence. State laws may offer other options. Things are changing very fast, so please keep up to date. Please verify everything as it pertains to you, your family, your employer and where you live.

Phase 2 of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act is basically about sick pay and leave. (See details here.)

If you work for an employer that has LESS THAN 500 employees or work for the government or a government agency:

Under EPSLA (Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act), you may collect two weeks (80 hours) of sick pay if you are subject to a governmental quarantine or isolation order, and/or have been advised by a health-care provider to self-quarantine.

This also applies if you are caring for someone else, or if your child’s school or child care provider is closed.

However, if the employer has less than 50 employees, you may not be eligible if they apply for, and receive, a hardship exemption.

Under EFMLA (Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act), you may collect up to 10 additional weeks paid leave at at least 2/3 of your regular rate of pay if you cannot work because your child’s school or child-care provider is closed as a result of Covid 19. You must have been employed with that employer for at least 30 calendar days.

The employer can exhaust all other forms of your paid leave first; ie, vacation, PTO, etc.

If you work for an employer that has MORE THAN 500 employees, you are not eligible for any paid sick leave in the Covid 19 legislation passed as of the date of this article.

WORKER’S COMPENSATION – Federal employees and health care workers, classified as “high risk,” may be able to receive up to 45 days worth of pay. Unless you are classified as “high risk,” (truck drivers are not), you must be able to prove you contracted Covid 19 while on your job. This is literally impossible. More information.

SHORT TERM DISABILITY – If you are diagnosed with Covid 19 and cannot work as a result, you may be eligible for short-term disability benefits if you have a STD policy. However, you must have a 1) diagnosis and 2) symptoms restricting your ability to perform your job. Documentation from your physician will be required. What is covered will vary. See this link for a few of the major carriers’ policies.

Protect Truckers Through Covid 19 Petition

Truckers pretty much got left out in the cold in the Covid legislation that has passed this far.

Would you please help? Please click the image or the link . Your shares are deeply appreciated.

Truckers don’t want pity or handouts. We do deserve some protections. Somehow the CARE act was able to come up with millions for programs that have nothing to do with Covid.

We will keep bringing you the things you want and need, because.. that’s what we do. That’s how we earn our paycheck. Some will say that’s what we signed up for. This trucker personally did not sign up for trucking in a worldwide contagion, but it’s my job and I’ll do it.

The truth is, we are at risk. We are in and out of the hotspots. We are in and out of countless truckstops, where the travelling public also go. We are in and out of warehouses and rest areas. We use public bathrooms all over this country. Sure, we are quite solitary when driving, but we cannot stay in a 10 square foot space 24 hours a day — I mean, we come out sometimes lol. We use public showers at truckstops. We are at extra risk of getting sick and we are also at risk of being spreaders.

Some of us are going to get sick, or at least test positive. That’s just a matter of time and is in fact, is a ticking time bomb. That is not alarmist talk, it is just reality. We are not superhuman, in spite of the garbage we eat. It may well be that drivers whose freight slowed or stopped altogether will pick up the slack for those who are out of commission for a time. No one knows and no one can tell you.

What I CAN tell you is that a whole lot of truckers, right now, are rolling down the road, delivering loads. They’re doing it to earn a paycheck, yes, of course.. but they’re also doing it while they worry about the world. Some more than others. Worry about the loved one(s) at home. Worry about bringing something home to loved ones. You see that big truck rolling and it is probably hard to imagine there is a human soul in there, with fears, concerns and a family.

Be well and God Bless.

Please Give Trucks Space!!!

Motorists, please. Do you understand that your car weighs, maybe, 2 thousand pounds, and you’re cutting in front of large trucks possibly weighing 80 THOUSAND pounds?

This particular motorist thought they should cut in front of my truck, providing a very paltry and pathetic 2 second following distance and then slowing down 4-5 MPH.

This happens about 10-20 times per driving shift. No kidding. It really does.

If I wasn’t paying attention and adjusting accordingly, they’d be squashed into oatmeal.

YOU ARE SEVERELY LIMITING MY CHOICES WHEN YOU CUT IN FRONT AND WORSE, SLOW DOWN. In this particular video, it is flat terrain and it is easy for me to slow down. It is annoying, yes, but it is easy and I will do that because I don’t want to hit you. I don’t want to kill you and your family.

But stop and think please! If I wasn’t paying attention, if I was an unskilled driver (of which there are MANY – you’d be horrified to know just how many!), if I was tired, distracted, if I were descending a mountain, etc.. — you could easily be RUN OVER. My 80K vs your 2K. Dead, dead, dead. Please don’t make me make you dead! That’s my worst nightmare as a truck driver, but let’s be honest — if it comes down to my life vs yours… I’m not sure if I’m a good enough human to choose your life over my own and the souls in my truck, especially when you’re driving like an idiot. I want to live! I don’t want to sacrifice because you drive selfishly and stupidly. I don’t want to die for that!!!

The odds, however, are most definitely on my side. I’ll smash you to smithereens unless I purposefully choose to take a median, ditch, etc and risk killing my husband and dogs, all of which I love with all my heart… and well, I don’t know you, so…. Will I risk them to save YOUR life? Especially when you are not paying attention and driving like a fool?Do you really want to find out? Truthfully, I don’t know that answer and I won’t until it happens.

I hope for both of our sakes that it never does.

Trouble Spot: Entering the Freeway/Interstate — Avoid a Crash, Pay Attention!!!

Ok, peeps, here’s the thing… When you are entering the freeway/interstate, you need to PAY ATTENTION to the traffic you are attempting to merge into! So many of you only look once you are at the end of the ramp and that is much too late.

You are putting all your trust into the vehicles already on the roadway. Do you understand how dangerous, stupid and foolish that is? Worse — you’re doing this in front of 80 THOUSAND POUND trucks! Do you treasure your life? Do you treasure your family? If you do? Put down the phone. Pay attention. Do not put your blind faith in others to move for you.

I am not perfect, but I consider myself a professional driver. That is why I am looking for you, when you are NOT looking for me. I am cutting my speed when I sense you are not paying attention. Most are not paying attention. Sometimes I cannot move over and my blood pressure goes up, because I am watching for when you will finally see my 80K truck. Some of you never see me!? Some of you just cut in front of me?! Do you understand I desperately do not want to kill you and your family? Why don’t YOU not want to kill you and your family? Why are you putting all this responsibility on ME?

This is a pretty simple example, the kind that happens 100 times per day in a truck driver’s life. This car forced the truck to slow down some, and then took off. You might look at it and think, what’s the big deal? Well, what if the truck didn’t slow down??? What if the truck wasn’t paying attention to the car, that definitely was NOT paying attention? There may well have been a nasty crash.

Indianapolis Massacre

Here we go again. Indianapolis, IN 14 July 2019. Truck plows into traffic and kills several. Speeding in construction zone.

On the company’s CSA record, it shows the same tractor plate number being cited twice in the past (May 2019, July 2019) for following distance. Is this the same driver? I’d say chances are excellent, considering they only have 23 trucks. Once the CSA is updated, we will know if it was the same truck. That does not necessarily indicate it was the same driver, just presents a high probability. Only law enforcement knows that but it will be interesting to find out.

Weston Transportation, DOT # 453243