Sadie

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I have been trucking for over 35 years. I have seen a lot of changes in the trucking industry in that amount of time for sure. I started out hauling milk on farm pickup and transport to New York City and now haul gas.

When I started, there weren't many women drivers out there. But back then if you broke down, man or woman alike, your cohorts stopped to help you! Nowadays, you don't dare stop to help just anyone as you might get held up or worse, killed! It isn't like it used to be. You only stop to help those you know.

As far as being treated differently, I don't think I have been. One day not too long ago when I was loading at a rack in Canada, one of the Canadian drivers gave me a big compliment- said they all considered me " One of the guys". That means that they don't have to "tip toe" around me. I do find ,though, that they do watch their mouth around me out of respect for being " The old lady doing a very hard job".

One thing though that I do find disconcerting, is the fact that drivers are not as courteous as they used to be. Drivers (especially here in the US, I run between here and Canada) don't give you the lights like they used to or reciprocate.

Canadians always give you the lights to move over or when you give them the lights, they give back. It used to be that way here also, but no more. Also, I don't get the CB traffic like we used to. People talk on cell phones nowadays.

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Apr 17, 2015
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Aug 03, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Hi Sadie,

Since I have been driving I have used the go ahead by clicking my lights allowing other drivers to pass safely and this means everyone on the road!! This is called courteous driving, and the attitude of most in our society now today is each man for himself, and they drive with blinders on. Since the economy crunch it has become worse, it is also a dog eat dog world....I am sadden.

I will be retiring early and moving to the mountains because if you don't grow up in that mentality one cannot make it...so I say let them eat each other, while I relax and smile...I hope you too will retire soon because the dear lady that you are should not have to go through this either... take care of you, and God will take care of the rest!!!

Love your post! God Bless! :)

Aug 02, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Hi Sadie,
I enjoyed your article. I don't usually comment to these things, but the comment about not getting the lights got to me. My dad was a trucker for quite a few years and I learned a few things about over the road trucking. One of them was that you help out a trucker by letting him know he has safely cleared your car so he can return to the right lane. I used to do it, and all was fine for years, but some time back the truckers seemed to ignore my lights , so I gave up after numerous tries. I guess because they have a lot more under the hood now a days, they don't feel they need the help. When I was young, the "B" model Mack's had about 170 horse and 200 horse was a powerhouse. Well that's all. Just thought Id give the other side.

Feb 24, 2013
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by: Anonymous

God Bless your heart! And Keep on truckin.....

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