Ms. Manners: New Year’s

Ten Reasons to Be Thankful for a Truck Driver

Happy New Year from my family to yours.

The holiday season is the season I love the best. Not for the gifts given or the food but for the little things that happen in the human heart. ❤

People smile more, laugh more, help someone out and most people will say hello to a perfect stranger faster during the holiday season than any other time of the year.

I read most all of your comments in regards to my weekly Friday article and in other CDLLife articles as a whole. I find some negativity to simple suggestions and tips; some in regards to helpful information from our fellow brothers and sister truckers that are simply passing on good information.- This is a common practice on the CB as well.

We, truckers, have always been a strange brew of folks who find their life on road, but we all had one thing in common: respect for other truckers. Let’s be more positive toward one another.

For the year 2015, let’s get back to supporting each other, helping each other and teaching the new drivers how to truck. No one is teaching them properly. Most don’t do the things they do wrong to irritate us or because they don’t care they do it out of lack of information and knowledge.

Turn your C.B.s on and talk. Give a guy struggling some positive feedback. Share information without sarcasm. The C.B. is one piece of equipment that every trucker should have and should use and use it respectfully. As in my past article, the C.B. should be used for information. Take your chit chat (the long stories) to another channel. Be respectful and be helpful. None of us were born with 18 wheeler experience and we were all taught by someone. We should be thankful we were taught by true professionals. Most of us were taught on an apprenticeship situation, which was sit there and shut up watch what I do, learn, do what I tell you to do, and maybe in a few years you can drive. You had to do all the grunt work but learned everything to include read a map and know your highways before ever driving.

Don’t be so judgmental, because the young man driving may have years driving a rig with his father or grandfather before going on the highway. The older fellow, well, maybe he just started yesterday. The point is he/she is out here and so part of our growing family. It’s going to take time but if you live what we do, we must put forth some effort to change it back. Be a leader. Let’s get that back.

Once again, Happy New Year to all.

TRUCKING is not just a profession, it’s a way of life.