" The Life of A Trucker"

by Shari Iceman
(Bemidji, Minnesota,. USA)

Why did you want to live your life as a trucker?
How long have you been a trucker?

How does that work for you and your family,(wife,children,ect..

What is your hourly salary pay?

Company name?

what type of business do you work for?

Is life on the highway, for you, adrenaline rush?

i like it when riding behind or meeting a trucker flash lights off/on is there a meaning for that?

what age is your retirement age?

I hear you can be real a..holes? is that true?

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Sep 03, 2011
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trucking life of one driver out of millions
by: Hervy

Well truth is,I won't end up spending my life as a trucker. There is too much that I want to do that is not possible as a trucker. (logistics)

Been driving trucks for 11 years. No wife, kids, (part of why I will need to eventually get out of the truck, lol)

Family life for me is easy since I have no wife, or kids.

I get about $50,000 a year hauling furniture. Some drivers make more some make less.

Trucking is almost therapeutic for me at times, and other times it's a pain in the behind. Those emotions added up equals addiction to the diesel. I don't really know about adrenaline rush. Maybe after surviving a snow storm.

Flashing lights means different things at different times.

If you are meeting a truck him and he flashes on the opposite site of the freeway, first thing you need to look for is a truck in the left lane ahead of the truck who is flashing.

If so, the flasher is probably not flashing at you but flashing that truck as if to say, "you can come back over into the right lane you have cleared my bumper." Courtesy flash as Jimmy stated.

I you are on a two lane road or there is no truck passing the flashing truck, he may be flashing oncoming traffic to tell you that the police is up ahead. It could also mean there is an a road hazard or an accident ahead of you.

Most trucking don't have age limit yet. My goal is to retire by 50 from the road. Then work when I want to, how I want to until I am too cripple to move, in between my trips around the world.

Yep, as with any industry there are instances where workers can display undesirable attitudes. Sometimes warranted and sometimes not. As far as being Aholes?

I don't feel that we are particularly more prone to be an Ahole. I think after so much time on the road alone though we might lose a touch of reality.

For example, i have seen and heard drivers attempting to be funny or clever with others and it seems very corny or in poor taste.

He means absolutely no harm but he thinks it's funny or witty. I don't know but I think that comes from being alone for so long but probably also not using that time alone wisely which means being subjected to some pretty lame material during those times.

This probably causes a void in the ability to reason or judge what is appropriate while interacting with others. Like telling nasty jokes to a restaurant server he just met.

I think you'll find though that a majority of truckers is some of the most giving, gratefully and humble people you will meet. Talk to a couple for more than 10 minutes, you'll be surprised.

Having said that, no matter how much we are cut off by four wheelers or taken advantage of by shippers and receivers or treated like robots by dispatchers, we try to remain professional and courteous but, we are human.

That's what we have been trying to tell everyone!

Is this a school project or curiosity????

Hope it helped
The Crazy Trucker

Jan 21, 2009
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"The life of a Trucker"
by: Anonymous

my last name is really Iceman, why suggested it out of curiosity. the farthest I've ever traveled to Orleans

Jan 21, 2009
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lifeasatrucker
by: Shari

Yes it 's research paper for college

Jan 20, 2009
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Questions from Shari
by: Jimmy

Hey Shari, now your last name isn't really Iceman, is it? And you live in Minnesota? I've been there many times. To answer your questions, why trucking? Just something I always wanted to do since I was a kid. That and being a radio D.J. I did the D.J. thing first.

I trucked for 32 years. I was married 7 times. I never liked being married and on the road. I wasn't always on the road, sometimes driving locally. I sometimes took my wife with me for some trips. My third wife was a trucker before we met.

The pay is per mile, not hourly for over the road. For local, it depends on the company and the state you live in. Right now, today, Jan, '09 It will vary from $10 to $23 per hour.

I've worked for many companies. FFE, Dallas, Tx, SMX, Ft. Dodge, IA, Sam Tanksley, Cape Girardeau, Mo, Direct Transit, N.Sioux City, So. Dak, Arrow Trucking, Tulsa, Ok, E.L. Henderson, Salem, Il, M. Bruenger, Witchita,Ks and many more.

These are all freight haulers; any product you buy at the store came on a truck. I do not get a rush just by driving a truck. I did the first time I drove and the day I got my license.

There is no retirement age. As long as you can pass a physical every 2 years, you are trucking. I've seen drivers way into their 70's and even 80ish. There are A--Holes in any profession.

And as for the lights being flashed, when a truck passes another truck, the truck being passed will flash his headlights to alert the truck doing the passing that he is clear to get back into the slow lane. Then the truck that just passed will flash his marker/taillights to say "thank you". Sometimes a 4 wheeler will flash his headlites, and then the truck may or may not flash his. It's all a courtesy thing. It's not a law.

Hope this answers your questions. Now I have one for you. Are the mosquittoes really as big as houseflys in Minnesota? Jimmy

Jan 20, 2009
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trucking life of one driver
by: Anonomous

Well truth is,I won't end up spending my life as a trucker. There is too much that I want to do that is not possible as a trucker. (logistics)

Been driving trucks for 11 years. No wife, kids, (part of why I will need to eventually get out of the truck, lol)

Family life for me is easy since I have no wife, or kids.

I get about $50,000 a year hauling furniture. Some drivers make more some make less.

Trucking is almost therapeutic for me at times, and other times it's a pain in the behind. Those emotions added up equals addiction to the diesel. I don't really know about adrenaline rush. Maybe after surviving a snow storm.

Flashing lights means different things at different times.

If you are meeting a truck him and he flashes on the opposite site of the freeway, first thing you need to look for is a truck in the left lane ahead of the truck who is flashing.

If so, the flasher is probably not flashing at you but flashing that truck as if to say, "you can come back over into the right lane you have cleared my bumper." Courtesy flash as Jimmy stated.

I you are on a two lane road or there is no truck passing the flashing truck, he may be flashing oncoming traffic to tell you that the police is up ahead. It could also mean there is an a road hazard or an accident ahead of you.

Most trucking don't have age limit yet. My goal is to retire by 50 from the road. Then work when I want to, how I want to until I am too cripple to move, in between my trips around the world.

Yep, as with any industry there are instances where workers can display undesirable attitudes. Sometimes warranted and sometimes not. As far as being Aholes?

I don't feel that we are particularly more prone to be an Ahole. I think after so much time on the road alone though we might lose a touch of reality.

For example, i have seen and heard drivers attempting to be funny or clever with others and it seems very corny or in poor taste.

He means absolutely no harm but he thinks it's funny or witty. I don't know but I think that comes from being alone for so long but probably also not using that time alone wisely which means being subjected to some pretty lame material during those times.

This probably causes a void in the ability to reason or judge what is appropriate while interacting with others. Like telling nasty jokes to a restaurant server he just met.

I think you'll find though that a majority of truckers is some of the most giving, gratefully and humble people you will meet. Talk to a couple for more than 10 minutes, you'll be surprised.

Having said that, no matter how much we are cut off by four wheelers or taken advantage of by shippers and receivers or treated like robots by dispatchers, we try to remain professional and courteous but, we are human.

That's what we have been trying to tell everyone!

Is this a school project or curiosity????

Hope it helped
The Crazy Trucker

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