About Truckie-D

I’m a fifty-something semi-truck owner-operator, with 1 million+ consecutive safe over-the-road miles, a wonderful and very understanding wife, a daughter in college, and too much debt. I get my mail in Indiana, but I effectively live in my truck. Driving gives you lots of time to think, so I created this blog to share my philosophical musings and rants with the rest of the planet.

There is a great deal of bad information circulating about trucks and truck drivers.  One of the things that I hope to accomplish with this blog is to get the correct information out there.  If there’s something about trucks, driving, or the trucking industry in general, please feel free to ask questions.  If you don’t ask, you’ll never know the answer.

Intelligent comments and questions are always welcome. Stupid questions are occasionally answered. Idiots will be deleted.

6 comments so far

  1. Kim on

    Dear Truckie D,

    I am Jason Rivenburg’s sister. Let me begin by thanking you, firstly for being a truck driver and making sure our country runs, secondly for profiling my brother’s murder and the website petition, and thirdly for helping to get the word out that truck drivers are unsung, unappreciated and often ignored heroes of our country. I hope that youdo not mind, but I emailed some of my family the address of your blog. The proposed ideas for more truck parking were really well-thought and logical. As you know Jason’s family in NY is working with an assemblyman and a congressman to bring this issue to the forefront. I have letters out to several congressmen in my state as well. Perhaps, if and when we get to that point, you can help us further with proposals, ideas, etc.

    Sincerely,
    Kim

  2. truckied on

    Kim,
    Thanks for your kind words. Please feel free to pass my blog address around as much as you like — the more the merrier. I’ve tried to spread the story as much as possible (read my post “Is anybody listening?”) but unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have done much good. It seems that the latest indiscretion of some movie personality is much more newsworthy than the death of a truck driver. A post I made about Mexican cross-border trucking got four times as many hits as all of the posts about your brother combined.

    The lack of truck parking is something I’ve been talking about for years, but it’s just gotten worse and worse. Now, the State of Virginia wants to close most of their interstate rest areas — which is the last thing needed. You can read about it here: http://www.insidenova.com/isn/news/local/article/official_discusses_illegal_plan_to_save_va.s_rest_stops/32384/

    For a long time I’d refuse any load that went east of I-75, simply due to the difficulty of finding a place to park. Since freight has gotten so bad, I don’t have that luxury any more. I have to take the load, play “parking space lotto” and hope for the best.

    If I can be of assistance, don’t hesitate to ask.

  3. Steve Lombardi on

    TD: I added a link on my own website to this blog. You’re under the I-35, I-80, I-235 Collisions Accidents. I’ll be leaving the InjuryBoard on April 1st and will stay in touch with you through this blog. Today I’m adding it to Google Reader. I do enjoy your commentary and always enjoy your comments. We will stay in touch and if ever in West Des Moines, Iowa let’s have a cup of Joe.

    http://www.lombardilaw.com/resources.cfm

  4. Tony De Marco on

    I work for an on in tampa in a 60/40 % base,this people said we both split the fuel cost out of the pump; I wonder if they are getting the fuel surcharge,and they ain’t pass it to me. The on have 3 trucks.

  5. truckied on

    Hi Tony,

    They’re required by law to show you what revenue they’re getting if you’re being paid on percentage. If they’re not willing to show you, you might need to consult an attorney for legal action.

    Come back and let us know how it goes.

    Drive Safely!

    td

  6. Justin boudreaux on

    I’m 5’2 and weight around 120 pounds. I’m asking if there are anyway a person like me who have adhd can handle a truck or should do to a driving school and ask them?


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