In 1899, Charles Duell, the Commissioner of the United States Patent Office, said: “Everything that can be invented – has already been invented.” I often think about these unfortunate misquotes that will always prove the sayer wrong. I also consider a very common statement heard by many truckers: “Nobody ever thinks about the truck driver.” This statement, such as Mr. Duell’s statement . . . could not be further from the truth.
Voices from around the country are “speaking” out for the rights of our professional truck drivers through the power of social media. Websites, blogs, articles and radio talk shows, all discuss the life of the professional trucker and what needs to be done to make life better for these men and women of the highways. It’s not because truckers cannot speak or fight for themselves . . . it’s because they simply do not have the time. Spending weeks and months at a time on the open road, working to support themselves and their families, once they make it home, many are just to tired to “fight.”
The massive social network, Twitter, shoots out 27.3 million tweets per day . . . many of which come from truckers and truck driver advocates. The giant media sensation, Facebook, has over 400 million active users and over 20 million people become fans of a page every single day . . . many of these are fighting advocates for the American trucker. Truck drivers may feel like they are a lone voice in the wind . . . but the truth is . . . they have many voices behind and in front of them.
Even today, 111 years after Charles made his slip of the tongue . . . inventors are still inventing. Furthermore, they are inventing new products for the professional truck driver. The newest invention? It’s called the Tree Frog Pad. The Tree Frog Pad comes as a 7″ x 9″ pad that has serious tack and grip. Items set on the pad will not move until you pick them up. It’s perfect for holding your satellite radio, iPhone, keys and even your laptop . . . anything. The list of applications for the Tree Frog Pad is endless. It’s the perfect name for this new product since “real” tree frogs are capable of gravity-defying feats.
A new product . . . a new invention . . . and it’s great for truckers. I guess ole’ Charles missed it again . . .
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