The Journey Begins – The First Day At Work

While waiting for our trailer to be loaded, I shot this Spring-In-November photo. What a colorful sight as we head into winter.

I call myself the “Truck Driver In Training” – not yet driving. I pay attention to everything that I can. Are you a person that pays attention to mile markers? I never did, I am working on it now.

I am the type of (car) driver that gives space for a semi-truck to enter my lane while he/she turns at traffic lights. Now that I am the passenger in the cab of a truck, my fingers tend to grip the armrests as we maneuver turns. One is an entirely different experience from the other – onlooker vs. participant.

I have now witnessed a multitude of “special gestures” from the drivers of cars forced to back up to allow our truck to turn on tight city corners. I will definitely develop much tougher skin when the wheel is in my own hands. There will be no eye contact with you (the driver of the car), I’ll just make sure I make my turn safely.

What did I not do while on the road the first day? I did not take my computer. I did not write. I took notes on my phone while sitting in the cab of a truck for three hours waiting for our trailer to be unloaded. There will be plentiful opportunity for writing (or resting).  I look forward to it.

2 thoughts on “The Journey Begins – The First Day At Work

  1. Becky says:

    I have been where you are…in the passenger seat. My Captain was an over the road trucker for several years. You’ll definitely need to thicken that skin,
    4-wheelers are not forgiving. And they do not understand that there are different rules that a big truck must follow. Just don’t get me started…..LoL
    Good luck to you, Mary! I could not drive for a living. It makes me sleepy.

    • Mary Humphrey says:

      I haven’t gotten too sleepy yet, but I think I have been fascinated so far. I am sure there are going to be a lot of stories to tell.

      Are you saying I need to thicken the skin again? It seems I’ve done that a few times. Just kidding. I know what you mean!

      We were traveling at 50 mph and moved to the left lane, to yield to a disabled truck in the emergency lane. The semi in front of us did the same thing. A small passenger car whisked around us, at a high rate of speed in the right hand lane – ignoring the disabled truck, and obviously without fear of the danger he/she put all of us in. It gives an entirely different insight to defensive driving.

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