NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Derrick Givens is a modern trucker. A member of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), Givens, a 17-plus-year veteran of the road, already knew about the latest Department of Transportation action on the restart portion of the current Hours of Service. He had read an -mail from the drivers’ organization earlier in the day, before we caught up with him at the TravelCenters of America/Petro Stopping Center here at the Galloway exit off Interstate 40.
When Joseph Berry started trucking in 1995 he wasn’t just merely referred to as Joseph. His CB handle was the Concrete Cowboy, an ode to Jerry Reed’s 1979 action movie, “Concrete Cowboys.”
Born in the small town of Sarah, Mississippi, Henry Clay Walker started driving Greyhound buses in 1980 but after a bus strike switched to driving commercial trucks in 1990. “By the time they [Greyhound drivers] came off strike, I was busy in Delaware, driving big trucks.”
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A CMV inspector in Florida told a group of drivers recently that even if the shipper doesn’t fasten down a load securely, once the carrier and driver accept the load, it’s on them to make sure it’s safe. And that’s one of the things 18-year career driver Steve Huddleston likes about being a flatbedder: being in charge of his own load.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Trucker Jefferson Ray Thomas felt compelled to whip out his license, just to prove that his real name was actually “Jefferson Thomas.” He proved it was not a cheap attempt at an alias, switching the names of one of our founding fathers and presidents.
Say and think what you will about long-haul movers, Connecticut-born Finn Murphy can write and write well, and his book, “The Long Haul, A Trucker’s Tales of Life on the Road,” kept my interest the whole way through with his gritty, sometimes hilarious descriptions of the people he moved for and his observations about life on the road, other movers and trucking in general.