Preventing Traffic Jams and Road Rage One Driver at a Time!
For the past eight years, I've been writing about City Driving for Ten-Four Magazine. Plus, I've been a trucker for over twenty years, while living and working (mostly) in Chicago. In all my years of trucking and writing, I have attended at least three dozen orientations at some of the top trucking companies in the Country. I have seen how the best do it, and I can honestly tell you that not one of them covers City Driving, at all. What's worse, City Driving is probably the most difficult aspect of trucking. See more about the solution at the bottom of this page.
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Proof that tailgating causes traffic jams here.
Why is traffic always so heavy on friday? Friday Fever.
In an effort to prove that even a truck driver can sometimes be a literary genius, Ken offers the Life-Span Analogy.
Take a hilarious look at those darn Women Drivers!
To CB or not CB? That is the question. CB.A true story about a crazy cop.
Road rage with a Badge.
Scientifically speaking, space is the opposite of traffic. Anti-Traffic.
I once worked for a guy that said he could teach a monkey to drive a truck. Monkeys Can Drive?
A dog won't bite the hand that feeds him, but a truck driver will. Top 10 Driver Scams.
Gaining too much weight sitting on your butt all day? Try the Actual Size Diet.
Can't seem to keep drivers? See Kens tips on Driver Turnover.
The next time you meet a crazy driver,
don't punch him in the stomach, give him a copy of the Driver
Are you a classy driver? Find out if you have Gravel Pit Etiquette.
Is it a scam, or a service? Lumpers.
Another true story of Road Rage.
To protect themselves, trucking companies invented Preventable Accidents.
What will they think of next? Now you can't even get Distracted.
Do you want to see a grown man cry? Just tell any OTR driver that he has to go to New York City.
Trucking companies love to blame the driver for everything, even if it's not the Drivers Fault.
A forklift drivers worst nightmare and a true story here.
An ex-ambulance chaser tells you how to survive the Big City.
All this concern about heavy traffic in the big city, but what about Suburban Sprawl?
Have you heard the one about the old Bull-Wagons?
A true story from an ex-ambulance Chaser!
Get your copy of the Ten Keys to Safe City Driving here.
Big brother is watching. He's driving a truck. The Phoneslinger.
If you liked Taxi Driver and Death Wish,
Killer Killer by Ken Skaggs. Read
the whole book online free.
If you are going to drive in heavy traffic, you will need the Bottleneck Users Guide.
Whenever a driver finds out that I have worked for over 100 companies, they always ask which one was the Best Job I ever had.
Some amazing but true tales of the Tailgater.
Here, we don't just complain about traffic. We have the Solution.
Our most popular newsletter ever- It's up to us!
Why not invite Ken Skaggs to speak at your trucking company or school? Email.
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Truck Driver Education Source
Big City Driver is dedicated to trucking safety. Webmaster and founder Ken Skaggs has dozens of articles that promote Trucking Safety and Safe City Driving from a drivers perspective, but professional enough for Trucking Company Safety Departments. Here at Big City Driver you will find true stories and serious driver education lessons, like Tales of the Tailgater, Wind, the Silent Killer, Preventing Preventable accidents and Holidays and accidents. You will also find funny and entertaining stories, like Chickenhauler School, Monkeys can Drive and Driver Cuss-Out.There are lots of anecdotal, true stories and inspirational stories and articles.
In this line of work, it's easy to get depressed, gain weight, and lose touch with reality because of the long periods of time gone from home that many drivers experience, not to mention the aggravation of New York City, other big city dangers and aggressive drivers. It's important for todays professional drivers to be smart enough to learn how to stay calm under pressure and keep their sense of humor, which is not easy, and, try to look at daily driving hazzards scientifically instead of emotionally, and learn to relax and entertain themselves.
Many experienced truck drivers love to talk about the good ol' days, of course I am no exception. Because of all the trash-talk on the CB lately, some will argue that there was a time when drivers had class, but in my twenty-five years of trucking, I found that they still do, and even more now than ever. I think it's an age thing, or, just common sense.