Everyone is Not as Smart as
Truck drivers have to put up with a
lot of stupid
people: Dispatchers who don't write things down and then later
deny the knowledge of something
they should have known, shippers who make you stand around
and wait when you have another
appointment fifteen minutes ago and you could really use a
nap, payroll departments who don't
pay on time because they didn't understand plain English staring
them in the face, crazy drivers
who cut you off and then stop, tailgaters that don't let you
switch lanes, people giving you
directions that don't know their left from their right, or
the difference between east 35th
street and west 35th street- the list goes on.
Needless to say, trucking can be a very
Stress levels rise and fall all day, every
day. An average day for a trucker
would feel like an emotional roller-coaster ride to anyone
else. Many would-be truckers can't
take it, once they taste it and they wind up quitting and going
to work in a factory or an
How do the survivors do it? R-o-l-a-i-d-s? Sometimes.
Prozac? I hope not. It's
a toughness that comes from the gut. I think that's why a lot
of truckers have a big one. You
either have it, or you don't. It takes someone with strong
character to do this job. Someone
who can brush off difficulties as if it were nothing and keep
One way not to let
all the aggravation get to you, is to realize that everyone
is not as smart as you are.
really true. If you have been driving a truck for more than
a few years, you are a rare breed.
A survivor. One who takes it on the chin and still stands.
You are the type of person who sees
danger ahead and keeps going in that direction, knowing that
you will make it through. You
believe in yourself and that is why you will always make it.
A weaker person would turn around
and run from the things you think are nothing much. You are
one smart cookie (and a tough one
too). Know it and take pride in that fact, because it's true.
Unfortunately, everyone is not
as smart as you are. I know you wish they were. But unfortunately
they are not. Some are,
don't get me wrong.
I'm not saying truckers are the only ones
with any brains in this business
(it just seems that way most of the time).
There are a lot
of smart people in all aspects of
the trucking industry. And believe me, it is a pleasure dealing
with those who know what they
are doing. So, if you are lucky enough to have a good dispatcher,
or get some good directions,
or deal with a shipper who is quick, safe and accurate, let
them know that you appreciate them.
I'm sure they don't hear it enough.
It's not easy dealing with all the stress in this
What works for me, may not work for you, and visa-versa. But
we all have to deal with it in
our own way. I took a mini-survey one day and asked five drivers
how they deal with stress
and overcome the emotional roller coaster that is trucking.
One said he eats a lot. Another
one said he takes several vacations each year and always has
one in mind, to look forward to.
Another said he pictures a clown on the other end of the phone,
and at the wheel of all the
four-wheelers. It's entertainment to him. He laughs it off.
Two of them agreed that they don't
get mad at the incompetent people; they feel sorry for them
and count themselves as the lucky
A lot of truckers think they know-it-all.
argue and hold their ground on
what they believe, no matter what some people say to them.
Their victims usually walk away
thinking they can never win an argument with such a know-it-all.
Many of them actually do.
That's right, you heard it here first. Many truck drivers actually
do know it all. So when
one speaks, you should listen. Grant them the possibility that,
just maybe, they are right
and you are wrong- and who knows, you might learn something.
Many drivers come from many
different backgrounds and somehow they wind up driving a truck.
I have met some of the most
unlikely characters, from all walks of life and from many different
countries too. They get
tired of one thing and are attracted to trucking because of
the freedom of the job, or maybe
they love to travel, or whatever the case may be.
I have met
professional fishermen, wrestlers,
schoolteachers, musicians, writers, filmmakers, actors, salesmen,
carpenters, mechanics, chefs,
even a pearl harvester once. You never know who may be at the
helm of the truck next to you.
Almost any question that you can think of can be answered by
simply picking up your CB mic
and asking (although, you should take that with a grain of
salt.) With that in mind, you can't deny the fact that
collectively, truckers do know
I saw a small sign hanging on a wall in an auto
parts store once. It said "those
of you who think you know it all are very annoying to those
of us that do". This is very
true in trucking too.
Thanks for listening and please check out www.BigCityDriver.com
time you're online. Shoot me an email, I love hearing from
fans and critics. What do you mean
you don't have a computer? You better get one. There is a wealth
of information online. It's
even better than a CB. You can't be a real know-it-all until
you do. Anything you can imagine
(and even some things that you can't) can be found online.
Don't tell me that you don't know
how to work one either. They're getting easier and easier now.
Just buy one and play around
with it. I guarantee you will figure it out before you know
it. Computers are getting cheaper
every day. You could buy a laptop nowadays for just a couple
of hundred dollars.
a lot of trucker chat rooms out there too and you never know
who you could meet. More truckers
are getting into it than ever before. See you on the web. While
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