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The Hardest Part of Trucking


DeeDee and Me

Trucking can be a rough lifestyle. One way or the other, everyone has to do what they need to do in order to provide for themselves and their family. Over the road trucking can be fun at times, but the difficulties from this style of living can also take its toll.

We all know the hardships that the trucking life can bring, but for me, the hardest part of trucking was saying goodbye to my kids. They understood that I needed to make a living, but the time away from home was the roughest part of OTR truck driving

When you are young, time seems to go by so very slow … but we know now, as we get older … time really does go by so very fast.

As you begin your career in OTR trucking, your main goal is to provide for your family. If the company you are with is not doing that, then don’t be afraid to move on until you find one that does. Trucking companies need to understand that you are not out there for the joy ride, but the need to provide. You are putting out the sacrifice, so never feel obligated to a company that does not have your best interests in mind.

Those kids waiting back home for you to return, grow up so very fast.

All Grown Up

© 2008, Allen Smith. All rights reserved.

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By: Allen Smith

Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  2. Independent Realist

    Hi Allen this is a good blog and these are telling pictures to make your point for sure. Thanks for all your sacrifices.


  3. Allen Smith

    thanks for the comment, IR …. and thanks to all the other “thousands” of drivers for the same sacrifices!

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