The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1st through November 30th. As the previous years have shown, this can be a treacherous and even deadly time for those affected regions. Hopefully, we will have a repeat of 2006 where none of these killer storms reached the U.S. coast. During these times, thousands of dedicated workers operate behind the scenes performing tasks many never even realize. The professionals in truck driving are no exception.
In 2004 we witnessed hurricanes’ Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne tear across the state, and in 2005 the world was introduced to hurricane Katrina. The supply of gasoline dropped causing a certain group of truck driving professionals to test their stamina and skills. These are the petroleum carriers . . . the men and women who run 24/7, 365 days to get the gas to the pumps for the consumer.
Barry Szczucki is a driver for Pipeline Transportation, and is one of the best in the business. He has said that he will never forget 2005. “There was no gas anywhere! All the pumps were dry. It was so bad that Governor Bush lifted the ‘hours of service rule’ for gas haulers. We ran nonstop getting the gas to the stores. At one point, I had about 10 police cars behind me, following me to the pump because they were all just about out of gas!”
Pipeline Transportation, based out of Jacksonville, Florida is Florida’s Premier Petroleum Carrier. When the hurricane season rolls around, they, like the others, gear up for the potential over load of petroleum demand. “It can be a very trying and demanding time,” Mr. Szczucki said, “but Pipeline’s main goal is getting the product to our customer so they can meet the goals for their customers.”
Truck driving jobs are demanding enough, but those drivers with the extra skills and training, adhere to an even higher standard. Petroleum carriers covering the regions affected by hurricanes stand ready and willing to meet the needs of the people. With a little luck, 2007 will be a repeat of 2006. But, as a leader in top driver pay and transportation safety, trucking companies like Pipeline Transportation are ready to meet the call if this season is an active one.
About the author:
Aubrey “Allen” Smith is a 29 year veteran in the transportation industry, and an expert in truck driving safety. He is the author of the Truth About Trucking and receives hundreds of emails, devoting his time in revealing the scams of truck driving schools and truck driving jobs. To learn the Truth About Trucking, please visit http://www.truthabouttrucking.com/ today.
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