Ready for the road, again: A driver profile of Pam Slone
Pam Slone is a wife, mother, rental property manager and expediter.
She's also a determined woman who recently suffered serious injuries when she was struck from behind by a drunk driver while en route to pick up a run. It was the type of collision that might cause another person to reconsider this vocation.
But, not Pam.
Trucking, Technology & You!
With the numbers of web sites devoted solely to truckers and trucking issues increasing at an equally fast pace, the trucker is never alone in his or her journey.
In fact, cyber space has become the virtual "oasis in the night" for truck drivers looking for anything - camaraderie, information, sports, news. (One would be amazed at what a general Google search could yield).
Five Challenges of Expediting
"Life got easier when we made sleep our number one priority. Whenever we feel even a little tired, we lie down to sleep. That keeps us fully alert when we're awake. The groggy feeling some truckers warned us about does not exist in our lives.
We make sure that at all times, at least one of us has had enough sleep to safely drive for five hours. The other can then sleep while the truck is rolling and be ready to drive in turn. If we're both tired, we take ourselves out of service and go to sleep.
A new ride for the Bells
Norah has very positive comments about their new ride: "We love the truck! This is a very big sleeper and very comfortable. I like the fact that we're not sitting on our bed all the time. We can fold the bed up without making it and we can use the table and seats."
"Jim used to have to put his laptop on the steering wheel and sit in the driver's seat; now, he can use it on the table."
Tuned In To Yesteryear
It’s strange how you can hear an old song and it can lure you into an almost forgotten time. “I’m a Truck” by Red Simpson takes me back to my early youth.
My dad was an early riser, usually never sleeping past 4 a.m. when he wasn’t on the road. I can still hear the coffee percolating and almost taste the aroma. He would switch on the stereo and play that song because it made him laugh.
A voice across North America - Dave Nemo and XM Satellite Radio
I feel that AM radio has gotten away from music more and more. One of the cornerstones of our program has always been great music - great road music, trucking music especially."
"It's part and parcel of trucking life, there's a whole genre of trucking music that nobody else is playing, but it's still a necessary ingredient if you're going to do a trucking show." - Dave Nemo
Enter XM Satellite Radio.
Do-It-Yourself Comfort Zone Van
Van drivers don't have the living and cargo space available like their expediting brothers and sisters in the straight trucks and tractors, so they've had to improvise. Some of those improvisations have led to some interesting customizations - some that work and some that don't.
Terry O'Connell has a system that works for him.
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Two New Expediter Rides
"Well, despite the fact that she had never driven a 13-speed, she wound up driving that truck all the way back home to Vermont. We were on a secondary road in New York when she keyed up the CB and told me, "I can't find one thing that I dislike about this truck."
"That's one of the best things I've ever heard."
Expediting in the Heartland
"I had done tax preparation for a man who owned an Express-1 cargo van and I saw that the van was sitting on the weekends. When I asked about driving the van for him, he said that he was getting out of the business."
"We talked about a price on the van and I wound up purchasing his 1999 Ford E-250 extended van with 5.4 liter gas engine."