Polite truck drivers do exist


Published: Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, June 30, 2003 at 10:03 p.m.
I do not agree with G.B. Richards (June 17) in his claim that polite truck drivers are a thing of the past.
There are still a large number of polite truck drivers, and the number of impolite truck drivers, if any, are greatly exceeded by the number of impolite automobile drivers who avoid highway patrol cars, weave in and out of traffic, make turns without using directional signals, play loud music with their windows open and hang their arms out of the window (which might be the signal for a right or left turn, but usually is not).
This nation is made great by truck drivers who deliver goods on a 24-hour schedule under high pressure, which requires strict time schedules in order to maintain the daily inventories of businesses that serve the public.
This is particularly true for those businesses that depend on the timely delivery of fresh food products.
One of the problems that arises due to long driving times is exhaustion due to lack of sleep, which may cause erratic truck driving.
This is handled by the trucking industry by either providing two drivers who take turns between resting periods or limiting the driving time with a rest stop.
One of the old criteria for finding good rest and eating facilities while on the road is to stop wherever there is a collection of trucks.

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