There's just something about
trucking that you don't find in other fields.
There's camaraderie. Some would argue, with validity,
that in recent
years, that feeling of "us" has dissipated. But there's still an "us"
in the trucking world that an outsider just doesn't get to see. We're
all out here doing the same job- trucking, flat bedding, car hauling.
Essentially, all kinds of truckers are out here traveling, away from
our homes and families, and rarely appreciated for what we do. You may
hear two truckers arguing on the c. b. radio and threatening to fight,
but, as the trucker stories go, those two are likely to get out of
their trucks in a rage and wind up headed in to the truck stop
restaurant to grab a meal together. Some of the things that make
trucking special are our language, our way of acknowledging one
another, the code we live by, and our appreciation of common courtesies.
We truckers have a language. Sure, computer programmers
have their own language, but you can read up on and study those topics
to learn the lingo. In trucking, to learn the lingo, you have to live
the life. The words aren't everything; it's the way they are said and
the depth of their meaning- and all the jokes and humor that go with
them. C'mon beek!
We truckers have a way of acknowledging one another.
When we pass by
each other, we give a wave- whether it's one truck passing a slower
truck, or two trucks headed different directions on a two lane road.
The wave isn't excited or even particularly friendly- it's just an
acknowledgement. We've also got a nod. When we walk by one another,
whether it's at a truck stop or in the parking lot, we'll nod. Just
like the wave, it's an acknowledgement. It's a way of saying hello to a
We truckers also have a code we live by. If you belong
likely to be safe at the truck stop. That doesn't mean you shouldn't
lock your doors or pay attention to your surroundings. But the truckers
aren't the ones you should be afraid of if you're walking through the
parking lot on your way to the truck stop. And the truckers are the
ones you can count on if you do find yourself in a dangerous situation.
If you've got your hood up, your tools out, grease on your hands and a
frustrated look on your face, another trucker is likely to offer a
hand. And if we see someone trying to break into your truck, we're
likely to put a stop light on the thief or step in and put a stop to it.
We truckers appreciate courtesy. If you're patient and
attention, truckers will be more courteous on the road. If you
continually try to pass, flash your lights to tell the trucker to "get
over" when he's trying to pass, or drive without regard to safety, the
trucker is going to make some assumptions about you- whether you're in
a car or another truck. And those assumptions are not going to inspire
him to let you get on by. But if you see a trucker's turn signal and
flash your lights (off and on, don't use your brights) to let him over,
or if you move over a lane to make room when the trucker needs to merge
onto the freeway, or if you stay back when you know the trucker is
going to have to swing wide to make a turn, that trucker is more likely
to extend courtesy to you, too.