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Trucking and Road Rage in America


Road Rage in AmericaIt is believed that the term “road rage” originated from the United States.  It is defined as an “aggressive or angry behavior by a driver of an automobile or other motor vehicle.” Professional truck drivers are no strangers to road rage, both as instigator but more often, victims. It is no secret that professional truck drivers experience a high level of stress from their jobs.  Add various equations to the field, and the level rises.

With the road becoming more and more congested, combined with pressures placed on them by dispatch, regulations and the simple fact of just trying to earn a living during economic hardships, more incidents of road rage are occurring, with many going unreported.  Very often, a seemingly small argument over the C.B. radio can turn into a deadly altercation, such as in the most recent case of the stabbing of one driver by another along the Edens Expressway in Illinois.

Professional truckers see everything there is to see while out on the road and road rage is no exception.  Truckers are more often targets of road rage by the general public which still have many misconceptions about how an 18-wheeler is maneuvered.   However, truck drivers experience road rage altercations by other truck drivers, as well.  Days and even months on the road, away from family and any kind of home environment, the constant mental and physical exertion of awareness across the overcrowded highways of America, the need to meet shipper and receiver deadlines, the lack of proper rest and sleep,  along with proper exercise and nutrition . . . the stress is unbelievable.  The times arise when there are those who launch into a full-scale road rage assault, often times being turned from assailant to victim:

(Video contains “Strong Language”)

Truth About Trucking “LIVE” talk radio took a close look at this serious issue which is recently making head line news across America:

“In 1999, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration declared Road Rage the most pressing traffic safety problem facing America.  Allen looks at this driver behavior, its often deadly consequences and offers tips on preventing, as well as surviving a trucking Road Rage encounter.”

Trucking Road Rage

Originally Aired: Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 9 PM EST.

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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 Responses to Trucking and Road Rage in America. - Post a Comment

  1. bill

    That is CRAZY!! I’ve seen stuff like that though. Wow, mad people lol

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  2. Allen Smith

    Did you get to hear the show about it that just finished? It’s on the replay if you you missed it.

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