Let's Put The PRO Back In Professional Driver
I was catching a few minutes of the always uplifting local news last evening, and a road-rage story caught my attention. It's no wonder that I couldn't go to sleep after that.
It seems that a driver thought he'd been side-swiped by another driver while on Atlanta's I-85 6 lane raceway. He pulled over, somehow forced the other driver to pull over, and proceeded to pull a rifle out of his trunk. Why he was driving around with a rifle in his trunk was never explained, and I don't think I really want to know why he was driving around with a rifle in his trunk.
Someone videotaped this, there was a lot of screaming, an emergency call to 911 and then fadeout.
So as I lay there trying to get to sleep, I began thinking about how the world has changed since I was younger. How much younger I'll leave to your imagination.
And it was a natural progression that since I've been in the trucking industry for more than 10 years, my thoughts would wander to not only how the world has changed, but how the trucking industry has changed; specifically, how and why the attitude of many truckers has changed, which is to me, very sad.
A while back I read Toby Bogard's "On The Big Road" in which he calls for putting the "Pro back in professional driver"! In his book Toby made some valid points and interesting observations, one of which once again, took me back many years to another time. And his book and the incident on Atlanta's notorious I-85 (which I avoid on penalty of death) prompted me to write this article.