When God Made Truck Drivers

Truck drivers seem to always get the short end of the stick.

They never get the respect that they all deserve. Truckers are the most regulated and least paid industry. Hardly ever is there anything telling the good that a truck driver does in the news.

It is always the bad, like an accident that killed a family – but the news won’t report that it was the driver of the other vehicles fault.

OOIDA posted this as a note on Facebook, the author of this it says is unknown.

When the Lord was creating Truck Drivers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And the Lord said, “Have you read the spec on this order?”

“A truck driver has to be able to drive 10-12 hours per day, through any type of weather, on any type of road, know the highway traffic laws of 48 states and 10 provinces, he has to be ready and able to unload 40,000 lbs of cargo after driving thru the night, sleep in areas of cities and towns that the police refuse to patrol.”

“He has to be able to live in his truck 24 hours a day 7 days a week for weeks on end, offer first aid and motorist assistance to his fellow travelers, meet just in time schedules, and still maintain an even and controlled composure when all around him appear to have gone mad.”

“He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals; he has to have six pairs of hands.” The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands… no way.”

It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord, “it’s the three pairs of eyes a driver has to have.”

“That’s on the standard model?” asked the angel.

The Lord nodded.

” One pair that sees the herd of deer in the thickets 3 miles away” “Another pair here in the side of his head for the blind spots that motorists love to hide in; and another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at the bleeding victim of a drunk driver that crashed into his ICC bumper at 70MPH and say, ” ‘ You’ll be all right ma’am,’ when he knows it isn’t so.”

” Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve, “rest and work on this tomorrow.”

” I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can drive 650 miles a day, without incident and can raise a family of five without ever seeing them, on 30 cents a mile.”

The angel circled the model of the truck driver very slowly, “Can it think?” ,she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord. “It can tell you the elements of every HAZMAT load invented; recite Federal Motor Carrier Regulations rules and regs in its sleep; deliver, pickup, be a father, offer timely advice to strangers, search for missing children, defend a woman’s or children’s rights, get 8 hours of good rest on the street and raise a family of Law respecting citizens, without ever going home … and still it keeps its sense of humor. ”

“This driver also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with delivery and pickup areas created from scenes painted in hell, coax a lumper to actually work for his money, comfort an accident victim’s family, and then read in the daily paper how truck drivers are nothing more than killers on wheels and have no respect for the rights of others while using the nations highways.”

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the driver. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the lord, “it’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the flag, for justice, for the family without its father.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. “I didn’t put it there,”

God Bless each and every one of you truck drivers out there. You men and women are doing jobs that not everybody can do. It takes a special kind of person to be a truck driver. Be safe!

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4 Responses to When God Made Truck Drivers

  1. Wendy Morgan-McBride says:

    I know this poem well, it is one I have been reading for over 7 years, I started it when my father a trucker passed away in 2003 and have since established the Memorial Highway in Heaven ~ A Tribute for Truckers, where this poem is exclusive to the highway at our special lighting cermeony every father’s day weekend at the Stirling Truck Show in Stirling, Ontario…..the poem helps those that have lost someone find peace, comfort, healing, friendship and love…..we have our own little highway made up of mud flapls, please consider visiting my site to find out more….I am not looking for business just a place for those that have lost a trucker or a trucker that has lost someone while being out on those lonely highways to have a place to honor and say that final good bye….thanks for posting…xoxoox
    you can also find us on facebook under Memorial Highway in Heaven ~ a tribute for truckers or join the Friendship page
    Wendy Morgan-McBride

  2. Chain-Breaker says:

    The only part I had a problem with was the hours we work. I work 18 to 20 hrs a day…and sometimes 22. I refuse to do a 24 hr day. But we are pushed that hard every day we are away, and we do it for the love of our family and to do a job well done. Dispatchers and trucking companies no longer stand up to companies out of greed. Instead of letting another company get the load, they will lie to the customer and expect the truck driver to make up for their greed and lies. Complete safety will never happen until the dispatchers and company officials stop lying and expecting the truck driver to make up for it.
    thats my two cents worth.

  3. hurtis geoghagan says:

    there are two big problems

    labor department DOSENT consinder truckers train professional
    and they treat them like there below the 9-5 working stift

    and there is no standard rate system out there for lauling freight
    its too cut throat out there

  4. Mark Robinson says:

    I have been trucking for almost 11 years…that is, until John Rankin of Billings, Oklahoma, came along….He ILLEGALLY parked his motor home, and as a result, I hit the damn thing, swerving my ’73 Pet cabover to keep from hitting a child whom darted in front of me to get a ball.. The child is perfectly fine, but John Rankin FORGED my signature on a agreement to pay $10,000.00 for a little 2 inch deep dent, that I offered to fix myself, he hired Sarah J. Kennedy, of Perry, Oklahoma, to put a lien against my license..I was taking my rig to the insurance agent to get it insured.. Anyway, I hired a lawyer, to try to get my C.D.L. back… And 4-wheelers wonder why us truckers HATE them! My C.D.L. was orginally in Texas, before I moved to Oklahoma to have it changed…Would it be illegal to get my Txas C.D.L. back, being Oklahoma is out of commission? Can anyone of my comrade truckers help me out? God Bless, and keep her between the ditches!! Hope to be back on the road very soon!!

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