I have been driving a tractor trailer for over 34 years. It is amazing to me how over the years the attitudes of the professional drivers have deteriorated to a point that all they are concerned about is themselves. Back when I began driving, there was somewhat of a kinship or brotherhood that we felt were a member of.
If on driver had problems while making a trip, then there were usually a number of fellow drivers to lend a hand or at least an opinion as to what the problem is. But not any more, nope your avoided like the plague if your broke down and stranded today!
I began this little journey I refer to as my sanity savior in 1978 with McCormick Food Service. I worked with 3 other awesome drivers. I mean, today if someone wanted a career in this field, he would go to driver training school. My traffic manager
|must have seen some promise in me because he sent me out with the other three drivers for 2 weeks each to learn and work along side of them and then he turned me loose.That job at McCormick was by far the best one I ever had and had it lasted, it would have been awesome. The pay was fantastic and the benefits were also. But it was not to be and the closed up in Indianapolis in 1982 and moved up to South Bend!My next stop on my career road was Overnite Transportation Company. That was in 1982, September 21st to be exact. I started off there as a night shift part-time dock worker. About 6 months later I was certified as a driver and began my 12 years there as a city pick up and delivery driver. My day was usually from 8:30 am til around 6 pm. They often had extra work but I usually declined because they didn’t pay overtime! My first truck there was what was called an MB Mack. Those cabs were popular for garbage trucks back in those days!
I worked there for 12 years and resigned to move on to a company that paid overtime. I never claimed to be the brightest crayon in the box and it took me that long to get tired of being screwed! And besides that, my health insurance was going up each year as well so it was time to move on!
Next stop on the employment ladder was Conway Central Express, a good job…management sucked because they were only out for themselves