Opinion page regarding trucker complaints: I need to clear up the needless comments starting with a reader who complained about a driver of a semi-tractor trailer stopping to get a drink and or lunch at a fast food place.
First off, a truck driver cannot stop anywhere he would like because of the size of his truck. He can’t pull into any parking space like you can.
I have a nephew who drives a semi (for years now) and I have learned what driving a truck entails. There is the paperwork, records to keep, schedules to meet, and the load you picked up has to be at its destination on time! Driving many hours maybe through two or three states. When you need a break and arrive in a town after dark you need to look for ample parking. Sitting in one spot for eight hours or more can be very tiring. But if there is no place to park you must drive on.
There are good truck drivers and bad ones but the one I know, Casey, is conscientious, a safe and caring driver. Are you one of those drivers who pull out in front of a semi? Think! They're hauling thousands of pounds and cannot stop on a dime. And when the roads are icy they can slide and turn over just like you or me.
To the complainers, think about that TV, stoves, snowmobiles, iPhone, boats, X-Boxes, new truck or car, steaks, fish, strawberries, food clothes and jewelry and how it gets to you after you order it. You wait anxiously for your merchandise but don't think about who's bringing it. Bigger trucks? Let’s all stop buying so much and maybe we wouldn't need them. So now I ask please pray for these truck drivers and don't begrudge them a needed drink or break.