"The Trucking Brand" to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks "annoying" and truck drivers part of the problem of their "inconvenience".  In general, let's face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, "Oh great, there's another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores." I think never. It's probably more like, "Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I'm driving!/default.jpg" /> "The Trucking Brand" to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks "annoying" and truck drivers part of the problem of their "inconvenience".  In general, let's face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, "Oh great, there's another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores." I think never. It's probably more like, "Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I'm driving!/default.jpg" /> "The Trucking Brand" to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks "annoying" and truck drivers part of the problem of their "inconvenience".  In general, let's face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, "Oh great, there's another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores." I think never. It's probably more like, "Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I'm driving!/0.jpg" /> "The Trucking Brand" to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks "annoying" and truck drivers part of the problem of their "inconvenience".  In general, let's face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, "Oh great, there's another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores." I think never. It's probably more like, "Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I'm driving!/1.jpg" /> "The Trucking Brand" to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks "annoying" and truck drivers part of the problem of their "inconvenience".  In general, let's face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, "Oh great, there's another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores." I think never. It's probably more like, "Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I'm driving!/2.jpg" /> "The Trucking Brand" to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks "annoying" and truck drivers part of the problem of their "inconvenience".  In general, let's face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, "Oh great, there's another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores." I think never. It's probably more like, "Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I'm driving!&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=1" /> "The Trucking Brand" to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks "annoying" and truck drivers part of the problem of their "inconvenience".  In general, let's face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, "Oh great, there's another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores." I think never. It's probably more like, "Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I'm driving!&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0&autoplay=1">

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The “Strike” That Broke the Truckers Back

Apr
4,
2008
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I would like to say that all the talk you are hearing about truck drivers going on strike and high fuel prices is just the final “straw” for truck drivers everywhere. I’m not down playing high fuel prices at all. As a matter of fact it was a serious enough problem to finally initiate some truckers to display their total anger and dissatisfaction and pursue a strike. However, what I am saying is that their source of being disgruntled is much more deep seeded than that.

I’ve written much about the trucking lifestyle and the sacrifices made in order to succeed in OTR trucking.  I try to paint an honest picture to everyone in regards to what a trucking career is really like. I ‘ve written the song “The Trucking Brand” to express  the sacrifices and obstacles truckers face on a daily basis.  However, public apathy is a big part of a truckers dismay. The general public as a whole finds trucks “annoying” and truck drivers part of the problem of their “inconvenience”.  In general, let’s face it, when was the last time you passed a truck and thought, “Oh great, there’s another wonderful truck driver bringing all the goods we need to our local stores.” I think never. It’s probably more like, “Man I hate these trucks, always in the way when I’m driving!”

Next, are the trucking companies themselves. Let’s face it, they’re out to make money and with a 128% turnover rate among truck drivers, they’re really not all that concerned about them, their families, or their futures. Then you have the brokers. I can’t even tell you how many shady brokers there are. A seasoned owner operator can get through this, but even the best can get fooled sometimes.

When you sum it all up; with sacrificial lifestyle, public apathy, lack of compassion, the poor attitudes of the trucking companies towards their drivers,  and having to deal with some pretty shady brokers, you can see how increased fuel prices was the final last straw for truckers.  Let’s face it, we all endure much in life to succeed. Some endure quite a bit just to make ends meet. But, when it comes down to it, if all your sacrifices lead you to little or no profit, where’s the reward?  Why bother?

Something must be done to relieve these men and woman of this burden. There must be provisions made for them by our government somehow. As their profession becomes limited in its pay, their families suffer. The government can only be forced to comply with the effects of high-fuel prices if the public becomes more sympathetic to the problems of the truck driver.

I’m certainly not one to advocate the government is the answer to all our problems.  Quite the contrary, the government is in large part, the problem.  Oil is not the problem either.  Oil brought us the industrial revolution;  oil is the reason we enjoy the comfort of living we all experience.  The problem lies with those who will not allow further drilling in this country.  The problem lies with those who will not allow further plants to be built.  I spent many years working in the oilfields of Oklahoma.  Advancement in technology now allows us to set up a drilling rig, recruit the petroleum products we need and remove the drilling rig and barely leave a “dot” on the landscape. 

 As long as those groups continue to keep us from drilling in our own country and not allow for new plants to be built, then we all deserve what we will continue to get…high fuel prices.  And, it’s not only the Middle East that we rely on so heavily either.  In fact, our #1 source for oil is Canada…and our #2 source is Mexico!  Alternative fuels are a good idea, but I don’t see that as a cure all.  Take Ethanol for an example.  The cost of producing Ethanol is far greater than what the product yields.  Also, it will only lead to higher grocery prices…think about it!

Every consumer needs to support  truck drivers , in particular the over the road owner operators that are feeling most of the impact. If  we don’t, there will be far greater consequences for the consumer.  It’s just a matter of time. 

Allen Smith

Truth About Trucking

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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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4 Responses to The “Strike” That Broke the Truckers Back. - Post a Comment

  1. Jeff McMaster

    Amen! Our government is trying to blame the oil companies for the high gas prices, because they showed a profit, but the big US Oil companies only control 3% of the oil. Our US government is only trying to get their hands on the money, and doing this by trying to convince the public that US Oil Companies are the reason gas prices are high because they are overcharging to get big profits, all BS! The real reason for the high gas prices is the high price of raw crude at well over $100 per barrel. This is brought about by supply and demand on this product and the falling value of the US dollar. China is playing a big part by demanding more oil due to its expanding economy, they are catching up to the US fast for oil consumption. This is not a problem that is going to get better anytime soon, could even be years.

  2. admin

    Hi Jeff, thanks for the comment.
    A problem here is that a large majority of people believe whatever the Gov’t. says to be true. The Oil Companies dish out all the costs for exploration, refining, transportation, etc. for the oil and gas. Nobody else puts out a dime, yet the Gov’t. gets around 8 cents per gallon….the state of New York for instance, makes 60.4 cents for every gallon sold…..and they do NOTHING in way of the cost of providing the fuel….the oil companies pay for it all…..yet nobody challenges this……of course, they say this revenue is used for new roads, etc., yet, New York has the worst roads in the nation !! What the Gov’t. is doing is something that they have NO RIGHT to do according to The Constitution. As long as we won’t drill here or build new refineries, the cost of energy will continue to climb. Thanks, Allen

  3. DENA HARDIN

    I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I FEEL SORRY FOR THE TRUCKERS ALOT OF THEM DO NOT WANT TO STRIKE BECAUSE OF PEOPLE NOT BEING ABLE TO GO TO GROCERY STORES AND BUY FOOD BUT WITH THE PRICE THAT FOOD IS RISING BEFORE LONG WE WANT BE ABLE TO BUY IT IF WE WANTED TO SO WHY NOT STRIKE THE COUNTRY IS SLOWLY STARVING ITS OWN PEOPLE ANYWAY BY RISING PRICES ON EVERYTHING BEFORE LONG STORES WILL BE FULL OF FOOD NOONE CAN AFFORD TO PURCHASE ANYWAY SO WHY THE HELL NOT STRIKE???? IT IS TIME TO PROOVE OUR POINT AMERICA!! WE DONT HAVE TO TAKE THIS!!

  4. admin

    Hi Dena,

    I believe the main reason we have not seen a major strike in the US is because we are a sensitive people and we would worry about causing the store shelves to go empty…….but Canada did it and things changed, recently Spain did it, and things changed……if millions of truckers made the decision to fully strike, things would change also……

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