Non-trucker trucker questions
There was an interesting question on my Facebook page asking how drivers stay awake and how trucks are equipped to prevent accidents, so I asked my non-trucker friends what they always wanted to know about truckers or driving, but were afraid (or embarrassed) to ask.
Q. How did you stay awake?
A. No heavy foods (unless I was off duty), lots of water, sufficient sleep, talk on the CB or to my co-driver, listen to the radio.
Q. How did you keep from getting bored?
A. Look down and around. There’s a story in almost every car, the scenery changes (unless you’re going through Nebraska on 90) every second, and keeping track of the other vehicles around you is an eye-opener.
Q. What happens if you have diarrhea?
A. Find the nearest place to pull over and use a restroom.
Q. What’s on trucks to help prevent accidents?
A. Good drivers.
Q. What if you’re sick (cold/flu), do you still have to drive?
A. How severely my judgment was impaired would determine if I called in sick. And if my co-driver didn’t have hours, the truck stopped, and the delivery date/time was adjusted. Better late and safe, then really sorry.
Q. Did you ever have sex with that cute co-driver?
A. Absolutely. I lost 30 pounds in six weeks with him. We were a very good team, and I stayed with him for all but three months of my OTR trucking career.
Thank you for taking me with you on the road over the past 15 years. It’s been a great ride!
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