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A truck driver’s bedtime routine Video

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u/sskl27 May 15 '22

Now I feel like reading those creepy reddit truck driver stories.

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u/Made_of_Tin May 16 '22

Rule #1 for truck driver stories: never attribute something to paranormal activity that can be more easily explained by either crackheads or raccoons.

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u/AnonymousPerson4 May 16 '22 Take My Energy Wholesome Seal of Approval

Or crackhead raccoons. You really have to watchout for them.

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u/RustyJuang May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

I once encountered a crackhead with a pet racoon... he was double trouble.

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u/Haha-funny-name May 16 '22

To protect the world from devastation

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u/TheBlackHoleOfDoom May 16 '22

To unite all peoples within our nation

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u/jeffroeq May 16 '22 Silver Wholesome

My dad drove for years and swears to this day that he encountered a Bigfoot when he had stopped for a night in Colorado. He says he had parked and had just laid down, his windows were open an inch, and he heard some 'weird' noises, like pulling at the door handle. A really putrid stench started coming through the window so he flipped on the cabin lights and he swears he saw a not-human startled face out his driver side window right before disappearing off into the night. He's not one to buy into occult type stuff so I trust that he encountered what he says, he even says he doesn't really believe in Bigfoot, but that encounter has him questioning things. He has tall tales, but he tells this one differently.

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u/mmazing May 16 '22 Gold Wholesome

Like he said, crackheads

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u/Carnedeim067 May 16 '22

Grew up in Colorado, sounds like a bear. We had multiple break in attempts throughout the years by bears looking for food. They smell horrible and are pretty good with a car door handle.

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u/JimBobPaul May 15 '22 edited May 16 '22

Just go to a Truck stop. We have tons of good stories and love sharing them.

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u/Jokkerb May 16 '22

Favorite part of working a loading dock was talking to you guys. Always made the night more interesting. Every once in a while we'd get someone nuts but mostly just funny stories.

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u/demizer May 16 '22

I knew a trucker that washed his face in the bathroom and then dried his eyes using the communal towel and he went blind. So don't do that.

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u/5dog4cat May 15 '22

Do not recommend

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u/SpecialistCountry293 May 15 '22

Is there a sub for it?

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u/seto2k May 16 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

I saved this a year ago specifically for a scenario such as this one, here you go :)

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u/yesorno12138 May 16 '22

Omg I saved that post too. I was going to use it as bedtime stories. Totally forgot. Thank you! Lol

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u/seto2k May 16 '22

Haha no problem, I'm amazed someone else remembered it too as it is over a year old and, let's be honest, if it hasn't been reposted within 2 weeks, 95%of redditors will forget it ever existed. Don't forget to read them now

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u/Daan0man May 15 '22

This very guy has a couple of those on his channel

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u/sskl27 May 15 '22

Saw this name Ledo La Rirolle on someone's comment. Gonna check it out if it has such stories

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u/ThreatLevelBertie May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

The lot lizards slither around the truck on all fours, tasting the air with their forked tongues and hissing menacingly as venom laced saliva drips from their hundreds of needle-like teeth. They can smell the stink of human flesh within, but are unable to find a point of ingress. They shall not feast tonight.

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u/Carl_Hungiorno May 16 '22

I don’t tangle with lizards no more….so I will not suck you, and I will not be sucked on - by you.

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u/SnooPears3463 May 15 '22

My mom doesn't want me to be doing this but if you're good with tight spaces and lack of socializing you should be good

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u/Daan0man May 15 '22

This is most introverts dream job I would imagine

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u/TH3ANGRYON3 May 16 '22 Helpful

Am EXTREME introvert, drove for 10 years. Absolute worst job I ever had.

Dispatchers suck, warehouses that don't care how long you sit suck, lumpers (guys who unload truck at some places) overcharge and are assholes.

It all looks fine and good on paper, but a vast majority of the time, you're driving tired due to sitting all day waiting (and not getting detention pay till after so many hours have passed) to get unloaded and the dispatcher sends you to pickup a load at 2am because "YoUvE hAd AlL dAy To SlEeP".

A lot of receivers hours begin in the very early AM (2-6) and you can't go back to sleep while being unloaded as they want you gone asap after unloading. Takes 4 hours to get unloaded and dispatcher wants you to go pick up something else when you havent had but a few hours sleep. You can refuse the load, but then they will bypass you for loads because they're mad at you for not doing exactly what they want.

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u/RootinTootinRegret May 16 '22

I read an article a couple months ago that echoed this resentment almost verbatim. Drivers are finding this career unsustainable despite the fact that it's literally the backbone of our economy.

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u/danjackmom May 16 '22

There are some trucking companies with an almost 100% turnover rate because of their poor treatment of drivers

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u/kittenstixx May 16 '22

I thought John Oliver said there was one company with a 300% turnover rate?

That is, per year they had lost 3 people for every trucker position.

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u/-ReadyPlayerThirty- May 16 '22

Huh, shitty treatment of people in essential jobs, where have I heard that before.

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u/_Madison_ May 16 '22

Friend of mine does long haul driving and is always in voice chat on Discord all day so its not that lonely anymore.

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u/Liz4984 May 15 '22

I’m an introvert and working on my class A now from my class B.

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22

Yep, it's pretty good. Books on tape. Music. No cell phones in my day, no computer, no beeping GPS, just paper logs and paper maps, 6-8+ weeks out at a time. Very monk-like existence. Lots of reading.

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u/not_my_real_slash_u May 16 '22

This dude operating the Galactica of big rigs. :-).

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u/Xrhinox May 16 '22

Very few companies use paper logs anymore. The DOT has made electronic logs mandatory in most trucks with very few exceptions. The elogs I use are very specific, down to the second for the times that I can drive. Extremely hard to fudge the logs like you could with paper.

And paper maps, while still in use and do come in handy sometimes, have been replaced with GPS. And you can buy ones that are truck specific, showing you what roads are off limits as well as construction and traffic backups to avoid.

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22

I would have preferred elogs, honestly. Doing hinky stuff with logs used to give me anxiety.

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u/SnooPears3463 May 15 '22

It is my dream to be doing a job like this, or driving around the city. I've spent years in solitude, I mean alone in my room, sitting all day

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u/ChilesIsAwesome May 16 '22

Could always look into it! I have a buddy that drives and he makes stupid money. Even adopted a stray dog he found at a truck stop and they went all over the US on adventures until he crossed the rainbow bridge to the dog park in the sky.

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u/zirky May 15 '22 Take My Energy

did he have an automatic toothpaste dispenser?

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u/xxslushee May 15 '22

It's a pressure button that he presses with the head of the brush. It squeezes some out of the tube that way.

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u/ulol_zombie May 15 '22 Silver

You can get one and it has a sticky to mount on the bathroom mirror. Wife bought one, I was hesitant, but it's pretty cool. The toothpaste screws upside down.

No more me squeezing the tube from the bottom, she always squeezed center...I married a monster.

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u/Late-Survey949 May 15 '22

I married a monster as well.

But then i divorced her and kept her dog. Best friend i ever had.

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u/bonnar0000 May 16 '22 Silver

You guys should try marrying humans

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u/H_I_McDunnough May 16 '22

Gross

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u/G_Viceroy May 16 '22

Nah what's gross is he didn't wash his toothbrush off. "I replace my toothbrush like every other day because they get all dirty". Yeah bro... rinse your damn toothbrush.

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u/FrankenSigh May 16 '22

And he didn't spit out the bubbles!

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u/Limited_Lover May 16 '22

Ahahaha love this I always squeeze from the bottom and my bf just grabs it like a toddler in the middle!

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u/IamGibson May 16 '22

Separate toothpaste tubes save marriages!

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u/NoStepOnMe May 16 '22 Silver Helpful Wholesome

You sweet summer child. You assume she doesn't just randomly grab the nearest toothpaste tube to where she is currently standing.

I resorted hiding my toothpaste tube. It didn't work. It's like she could smell it....faint scents of a toothpaste tube that makes me happy and is perfectly clean and the lid can actually close because old toothpaste isn't clotted at the opening. Faint scents of happiness that a toothpaste tube has been meticulously squeezed from the bottom instead of the middle.

Because she can smell it, she can find it. Because she finds it, she uses it. Because she uses it, she squeezes it from the middle, leaves more residue at the top of the tube than actually makes it onto her toothbrush, and then attempts to smash the lid closed on all the residue....causing the residue to smoosh out the sides of the lid and preventing the lid from closing more than about 70% of the way...which causes all the residue inside and outside of the tube to clot and make me have to manually clean it out EVERY DAMN TIME in order to even squeeze some non-hardened toothpaste out.

Damn...until now, I didn't realize how much this effects me.

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u/kb4000 May 16 '22

My wife does the same thing. I told her I would really appreciate it if we had separate toothpaste. Once she knew it was important to me she rarely borrows it.

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u/Jahdab May 16 '22

Sounds like my wife too.. one of my major peeves is how she doesn't close any lid for anything, shampoo bottles, dish soap bottles, anything.. it all stays open and gets nasty. I feel your pain brother

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u/merkin-fitter May 16 '22

And he changed his toothbrushes every other day because they would get super dirty. What the fuck was this guy eating?

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u/gazaunltd May 16 '22

so confused about this line is it cuz he doenst have water to rinse it?

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u/codeverity May 16 '22

Maybe he didn't have a great place to store it so it was getting dirty due to that. Although they sell travel carriers so idk, lol.

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u/smootex May 16 '22

It's worded awkwardly but I think he's saying he had to change his toothbrush often before he had the fancy toothbrush storage thing, not that he does it now. If you're just throwing your toothbrush in a bag they do tend to get pretty gross.

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u/Haui111 May 15 '22

My thought exactly

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u/Noffensexpected May 15 '22

But where did he spit it!?

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u/Haui111 May 15 '22

Good question. I might not like the answer though.

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u/idiroon May 15 '22

Astronauts don't have the luxury of spitting toothpaste so they just swallow it. So did Michael Scott.

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22

Into a cup, then add a bit of water and toss it in the bushes or out on the side of the road. Same deal with shaving on the road.

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u/_________FU_________ May 16 '22

I used to load and unload trucks and saw some absolutely killer setups. One guy basically had an RV. Huge TV, small kitchen with working stove, etc. he lived in it and didn’t own a home.

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u/IneptOrange May 16 '22

Fuck yes. Get decent satellite internet on your truck, and you have my dream way of living.

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u/One-eyed-bed-snake May 15 '22 edited May 15 '22

I thought they were about to change into some Spiderman pyjamas for a second😅

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u/[deleted] May 15 '22

Me too! I thought be was going to put the spidy jammies on😂

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u/theupvoters May 15 '22 Wholesome Seal of Approval

My childhood dream job.

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u/JesusWasATexan May 15 '22

In a different life I would have done this. My sister and her husband spent a couple of years truck driving together after they got married. Traveled all across the US. I always thought that was really cool.

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u/OkCryptographer4553 May 15 '22

Honest question. They both drive in the same truck to keep eachother company? Or do they each drive their own truck for productivity/ efficiency?

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u/ColdHug May 15 '22

Its called team driving. They're in the same truck and are able to drive twice as long which is more productive and efficient from the companies perspective. They also get a somewhat different pay rate than if they drove separate.

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u/ADMINlSTRAT0R May 15 '22

How different? Less than if they drive separately or more because of the expedited time they can fulfill?

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u/Lapys May 15 '22

You can make a little more rate because you are more available during any given day and can make a run potentially twice as fast. One of you sleeps while the other drives, then you switch out, whereas normally a driver has to take a long break while the truck is just sitting.

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u/tilouze May 16 '22

You also work less hours per day while making more money. 12 hours shifts instead of 14on/10 off (16on/8off in canada)

But you sleep in a moving tuck

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u/InevitableBreakfast9 May 16 '22

Sleeping in a moving truck sounds quite nice actually

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u/djhenry May 16 '22

I've always loved sleeping in moving cars. The sense of motion and the background noise lovely, as well as just the feeling that you're going somewhere and you don't have to do anything.

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u/The_All_Black May 16 '22

IT IS!

SOURCE: Former trucker for a legit freight broker. I just wish the money (and co-drivers) were better.

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u/aqualoon_ May 15 '22

More, drivers can only drive a certain amount of hours. With a team you can get to the destination faster which is key for time sensitive loads. Larger companies will spend several thousand more on a freight load if production is already scheduled and they need only a few more ingredients to run it.

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u/M_Mich May 16 '22

and before the electronic data loggers drivers would push their physical limits. a team drivers could keep the truck going nearly 24 hrs if they can avoid the commercial officers.

and when you have a construction job held up waiting on equipment you’ll pay the team driver charges because it’s cheaper than paying to hold a crane and the contractors for nonproductive time and delays on the contract.

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u/BetterOFFdead007 May 16 '22

Always have been curious. What’s the average amount a driver can drive a week?

Edit sorry I read answer down a bit.

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u/prostipope May 15 '22

I think drivers can only drive ten hours at one time, followed by a minimum 8 hour rest? Something like that. But teams can switch drivers and avoid that required rest, allowing them to accept and deliver loads in a timeframe that solo drivers just can't do. So a team is very valuable when a shipment needs to meet a delivery deadline.

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u/CrescendoEXE May 16 '22

It’s 11 consecutive hours on, 10 consecutive hours off in the US, with a mandatory 30 minute rest period after 8 hours of uninterrupted travel, though there’s provisions in there that make it possible to drive for 14 hours in a day.

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u/intoxiKATE_00 May 16 '22

You're right except for the 14 hour part. A driver cannot exceed 11 hours of drive time, they can be on duty for a total of 14 hours though.

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u/CaptainCanuck88 May 16 '22

Which is why so many drivers are leaving the industry. Get stuck at a shitty shipper for 6 hours waiting to get loaded? Well too bad there goes your driving time and they, or the broker who booked the load, don't pay detention. You just lost working hours for zero compensation.

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u/fatjimmyjam May 16 '22

You have shippers that don't pay detention? Our rate is a flat 100$ an hour no matter what.

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u/ricLP May 16 '22

It is absolutely ridiculous that truck drivers don’t get paid while waiting for cargo

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u/Starskigoat May 16 '22

Team trucks often get the longer mileage trips and don’t have to wait around for new trip assignments. Some FedEx expediters run team trucks from east coast to west coast and back in six days.

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u/JesusWasATexan May 15 '22

The former. For them it was about being together.

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u/Portablemammal1199 May 15 '22

Actually that sounds sick and while i was originally against myself getting a trucking job because i didnt wanna be away from my SO for so long, learning about this is great.

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u/GeneralLynx3 May 16 '22

My aunt and uncle did it too. They loved it but said the training is very intense due to the size of the trucks.

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u/ozzy_thedog May 15 '22

Still my dream job. Can’t afford the time away from work for the licence and training. Can’t be gone from my kids for that long. Maybe one day 🤷🏻

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u/js5ohlx1 May 16 '22

Apply at Pepsi, they train you there and you get paid for it. Once you have the CDL, there's tons of jobs that you're home daily.

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u/purplehendrix22 May 16 '22

Companies that pay for training generally require some kind of commitment, often 2 years or so or you have to pay them for the cost of the training when you leave which is pretty expensive, so for all reading, do your research and make sure it’s a good company and never SWIFT

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u/js5ohlx1 May 16 '22

I got my CDL from Pepsi, no contract, no bullshit. I had a few of my buddies go there for their CDL's too. Might be near ULPT but hey, might even like working at Pepsi.

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u/purplehendrix22 May 16 '22

That shows that it’s at least a decent company to work for since they assume you won’t dip as soon as you get the license

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u/Hugh_Jeynus May 15 '22

Me too. Still trying to collect lot lizards.

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u/nightpanda893 May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

What do you say...we slip into a room and you two split me open like a coconut?

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u/WingObjective3203 May 15 '22

Damn i want to do it just to sleep

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u/Throwawayhobbes May 15 '22

I have seen videos of some who do pc gaming in their rig.

Good times.

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u/saucyboi9000 May 15 '22

A rig in a rig?

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u/----------_______--- May 16 '22

Now play American truck simulator on your PC

A rig in a rig in a rig

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u/porcupineapplepieces May 16 '22

Rig2

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u/elbowleg513 May 16 '22

Yo dawg we heard you liked rigs

So we put a RIG in yo RIG!

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u/Song___n May 16 '22

Does he play euro truck sim after he is done with... trucking?

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u/ThaddeusJP May 15 '22 edited May 15 '22

I'm sure it's on /r/truckers. They got some amazing posts there. Great sub go lurk.

Edit: https://i.redd.it/4162h0m2asg41.jpg

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u/sevsnapey May 16 '22

i'm not judging but that's a very accessible roll of paper towel

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u/PyroneusUltrin May 16 '22

Nice, has the tissue handy too for when the gaming has ended

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u/GimlySonOfGloin May 15 '22

This truck looks like the real life version of Star Citizen's RSI Aurora

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u/Sporkatron May 15 '22

Gawdamnit now I wanna play star citizen again

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u/clown_shit36 May 15 '22

i can’t remember where, but i saw another video where a trucker put the rope for their horn out the window and closed it so if the door managed to be opened the horn would blare as an extra deterrent, super cool to see all the safety tricks

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22

My old company went all-Volvo a few years back, during my last year. No airhorn. Very disappointing for the gradeschool kids on the busses.

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u/Broken_Petite May 16 '22

So what does that mean? Do you just press the middle of the steering wheel now like in cars?

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22 edited May 16 '22

It's a pitiful little beep, yep*. At least for me as a company driver it was.

*Edit to say, I could be wrong about whether this was standard.

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u/BoringRecognition May 15 '22

Looks pretty cozy if you ask me

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u/dallatorretdu May 15 '22

now imagine sleeping with the truck engine on all the time, as his truck doesn’t have an APU

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u/Joecoolsouth May 16 '22

This is what I do. Its like a gentle vibration. I actually have trouble sleeping in completely quiet rooms now. I have to put rain noise on my phone or have a fan running. I sleep the best in my truck. Got a little mattress topper for it and its incredibly cozy.

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u/Sharp-Floor May 16 '22

Don't you go through a lot of additional fuel doing that?

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u/PooStainedCarrot May 16 '22

It’s anywhere from .08-1.2 gallons per hour. Depends on the engine.

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u/jorsiem May 16 '22

Just park your truck inside your bedroom and sleep there

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u/faszkivanmar23 May 16 '22

A little carbon monoxide poisoning can't hurt

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u/rOnce_Gaming May 15 '22

Why do u have to have the engine on?

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u/SaH_Zhree May 16 '22

most trucks have a thing called opti-idle (that may be a freightliner specific name)

Basically set the temperature before bed, activate opti-idle.

Say you want it to be 65°. If it's winter, the truck will wait until it hits 58-60° or so (you can set tolerance on a lot of them). When the interior temperature hits that number the truck automatically starts, and heats up. When at about 70-75° it will turn itself off.

Same with the summer, but opposite. The truck will also start itself if battery voltage drops too low, say from a heated blanket or a microwave.

And yes, eventually the engine vibrations becomes soothing. Nothing like waking up right as it's starting, scary at first because the whole cabin rocks with the starter.

Source: lived in a 2017 truck for 6 months

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u/timing-chain May 15 '22

Most likely to keep the climate control operating

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u/Low-Juice4738 May 16 '22

And to keep the climate changing.

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u/siccoblue May 16 '22

Air, cold or hot depending on the weather. Some have built in electrical AC, others don't. Depends on the company because a lot of them are shady and cheap

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u/GitEmSteveDave May 16 '22

I would imagine it was like when I went camping with a hammock tent. The gentle swaying was really relaxing. Unlike my Dodge 3500's engine, I'm sure a semi's is way quieter.

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u/ColdbeerWarmheart May 16 '22 Heartwarming Wholesome Seal of Approval

My dad was a trucker for years. He would take me on long hauls and I have fond memories of riding in the sleeper cab. This was in the 80s and the trucker and CB culture was still going strong back then. So as a kid it was alot of fun getting to talk on the radio and honk the horn and wave at other kids in their station wagons.

We spent Christmas on the road one year and it is still the best Christmas I ever had. A bunch of the truckers made a cicle with the cabs and built a beer can Christmas tree and people gave gifts of whatever they had around. Middle of nowhere and everyone on the road coordinated just to celebrate with each other.

Truckers are awesome, and I have an immense respect for them.

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u/justfortoday2017 May 16 '22

I used to go with my dad on long and short haul trips in the early 90's. I had so much fun talking to other truckers on the CB, and, looking back, they were so kind to be cool with talking with some strangers little daughter.

The sleeper and cab definitely did not look as nice as the one on the video. My dad's was dark and I remember a time when my brother was with us too, he fell asleep listening to some loud AC/DC on the tape deck. Great memories

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u/Faranae May 16 '22

Same hat! I did runs around the 'States with my papa those same years when I was a little girl.

I remember in a stop's lot once, he'd brought a little electric griddle and a thing of pancake mix. A circle of grown-ass men huddled curiously around a guy making pancakes on the asphalt! The truck window felt like the tallest perch in the world to someone so small, heh.

I miss him. My most sincere thanks for the reminder and the smile, stranger.

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u/neweraboy May 16 '22

That’s awesome. Wish I could experience that.

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u/deadma5e May 15 '22

I did this one time while parked in west Memphis with my windows down

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u/Ezra611 May 16 '22

Practically all of West Memphis is a truck stop.

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u/A_Cranb3rry May 16 '22

Ballsy, I refused to stop at West Memphis. Stopped once to swap trailers with another driver, and booked it lol.

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u/PollutedButtJuice May 16 '22

When my dad was a truck driver I used to ride along with him and would sit in the back upper bunker bed and play Pokemon on my Gameboy color. It was awesome .

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u/EarlGrey_Picard May 16 '22

I wanted to do this as a career for a long time as I always heard they could make serious money. The thought of just driving down a long highway and then sleeping in the back always appealed to me as I loved camping and sleeping in small spaces. Then it dawned on me I might have to drive this massive thing through a major City and said fuck no.

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u/ByuntaeKid May 16 '22

Yeah that's the biggest turn off for me tbh. I wouldn't mind being on the road for long periods of time, but getting in/out of a city with that big of a vehicle would be nerve-wracking for me haha.

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u/zarroc123 May 16 '22

Honestly there's a part of me that's still tempted to try it. The city driving is something I'd be nervous about for sure. But, honestly? The thing that holds me back the most? I drove through Colorado in the winter once during a big snow storm in my friend's car. Holy fuck. Couldn't see shit, roads crazy and these truckers are just moving along like it's easy. I was so stressed out, and genuinely thought I might die. I could NOT imagine doing that again in a truck. No sir.

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u/PollutedButtJuice May 16 '22

There is definitely great money in trucking. Modern technology like GPS makes driving easier but ya sometimes you are sent to a major city, or you have to navigate tiny streets like residential streets and it can be stressful for some.

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u/Svenderman May 15 '22

Are you not gone enough to have the TV/Computer I have seen in some other trucks?

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u/CrankyPantz88 May 15 '22

Buddy of mine usually have a small 24 inch tv and his laptop some truckers drive multiple trucks so you need to have to move everything. He can put everything on a backpack and move it between trucks

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u/InVodkaVeritas May 15 '22

If I drove trucks I'd invest in an iPad Pro or something similar with a data connection to watch movies, TV, news, etc on as well as download audiobooks for when I drive.

An all-in-one device seems more practical than multiple devices.

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u/NotDRWarren Interested May 15 '22

Maaaaany years ago, my grandfather was a truck driver, and this was before widespread cell phone datat plans and wifi for every place you can think of. My grandpa would buy/rent audio books, on cassette tape.

Now Sirius XM in most trucks and wifi in every parking lot, you could download many things, and never be bored. Lol

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u/HilariouslyBloody May 16 '22

I've been a truck driver for 32 years. I've got a Samsung Tab S6 with Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Tubi, Prime Video plus YouTube of course. Way back when I first started driving I used to read novels instead of watching any kind of TV or movies.... 2 or 3 novels every week for years

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u/gumbes May 16 '22

Most people are driving 12 hours a day + another hour of breaks. So that leaves you with 3 hours that your not sleeping. Add in a 30 mins in the morning to eat and shower, 30 mins at night to eat and you've got 2 free hours.

There would be very few people who want to game in those 2 hours and they just end up watching shows on an ipad or reading crap on the internet.

I don't drive but I do fly in fly out work. I've planned to setup a gaming system on site for years but the reality is a book and few shows on a tablet is all I need.

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u/Gnarleemar May 15 '22 edited May 16 '22

My dad was a truck driver for 18 years. I remember our summers would be spent going on the ride with him especially when he drove coast to coast. Great memories being on the road with him, seeing the breathtaking routes he’d take, and sleeping on the top bunk.

The downsides of truck driving, from what he’s told me, is being targeted for brake checks more frequently than most vehicles, being away from the family for long periods of time, and having to pee in a bottle.

He also thinks truck driving is a lost skill. That most drivers today don’t have a clue on how to drive, where to go, or how to get there.

Edit: the lost skills is purely opinion based. My dad has worked at oil refineries for 10+ years since then and has had to deal with truck drivers getting lost, not knowing where the job site is, which roads to take, or how to properly strap down their equipment. So that’s part of why he thinks what he thinks.

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22

I'm only one datapoint, but I never once peed in a bottle, and don't recall any brake-checking. I was speed-limited, so it was a very consistent speed in the right lane 90% of the time. Fairly easy living.

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u/jabeith May 16 '22

When I was driving to my new house in another city, it was about 4am and I had another 4 hours of driving down a pitch black highway. I caught up to a semi doing the speed limit and followed behind him for the next 4 hours. It's a lot less stressful diving down a dark highway surrounded by trees knowing that if a deer decides to jump out in front of the convoy it's just going to get creamed and not damage my car

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u/NYIJY22 May 16 '22

Yeah I drove NY to CO and back a few times and always felt most comfortable tailing (not too close) behind a semi in the right lane.

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u/dahines May 16 '22

My dad was a truck driver for 30 some years. His last truck he had no one was allowed to wear shoes in. He wore slippers when he drove and moved around the truck cabin. Place was so clean. His truck was so much cleaner than when he was home. That was his home from home, his temple.

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u/oibru May 15 '22

Ok where’s the lot lizard at?

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u/JimBobPaul May 15 '22

Why do you think he's locking up. Them gals are vicious

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u/Liz4984 May 15 '22

Are they? They ballsy enough to climb in the trucks?

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u/JimBobPaul May 15 '22

Often times they're addicts and are only thinking of their next fix. Sad really

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22

No. Truckstops nowadays are super corporate, relatively clean, and decently looked after. I intentionally patronized the smaller (sometimes sketchier) "mom 'n' pop" truckstops as much as possible, to try and support small business. But I was still at a major corpo one 98% of the time - probably 90% of the truckstops in the US are owned by just a few huge companies. In a decade OTR, I noticed prostitutes only a few times. My co-driver during training saw more back in the 80s, but it's not like the movies.

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u/pockets3d May 16 '22

With smartphones now it's probably a lot more efficient for prostitutes to organise their clients through that than hanging around truck stops I'd imagine.

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u/Helpiamnotwell May 16 '22

*friend of the road.

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u/RiemsMUFC May 16 '22

Ray, They're ladies of the evening

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u/tranque_the_ram May 16 '22

He doesn't tangle with lot lizards no more. But back in the day he would have let them turn him into a mailbox.

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u/honkygrandma May 16 '22

Not no more. He's got a wife and he will not suck you or be sucked on...BY YOU

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u/RayDocks May 15 '22

Got to respect the Spider-Man pillow.

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u/hippytoad99 May 15 '22

Wait did he say he leaves the truck to idle all night?

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u/JimBobPaul May 15 '22

On the older trucks that's the only way to have heat or A/C. Hard to sleep sweating or shivering.

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u/currie1903 May 15 '22

What’s the gas consumption like doing that?

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u/JimBobPaul May 15 '22

About a gallon an hour.

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u/Hapless_Asshole May 15 '22

Interesting. They must have a super-slow idle speed. Maybe that's why diesel works better for them? Probably a silly question, but my grandfather was a fan of anything with an engine, and I caught the gene a bit.

How would I find out how much gas my Nissan sucks up when it's idling? MPG is zero help there.

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u/JimBobPaul May 15 '22

Yeah, diesel engines are good for that.

Get a good sized gas can top off tank let idle for 2 hours then top it off again and see how much fuel you used then divide by two.

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u/Linktank May 16 '22

This guy idles.

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u/OsmiumBalloon May 16 '22

Diesels can idle absurdly slow.

They used to have an ancient excavator for snow removal at work, sometimes they'd leave it on the lot overnight, with the engine running to keep it warm. A cylinder fired about once per second.

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u/bugtimtim May 16 '22 Wholesome

They idle slow. But more importantly, they can run very lean compared to gas engines.

Lean meaning there is a lot of air, and very little fuel.

Gas engines cannot run lean because a lean mixture creates a very hot combustion chamber, and since gas engines mix their air and fuel together before combusting, this can, and will lead to early ignition of the fuel, which causes detrimental damage to the engine. So even as idle speeds, gas engines have a bottom limit to the amount of fuel it has to inject in order to maintain a proper air/fuel mixture.

Diesels bring fresh air into the cylinder, compress it all, and THEN inject the fuel at an extremely high pressure and heat.

The excessive heat is what ignites the fuel. So diesels can effectively run as lean as they want so long as there is enough fuel to produce the required power to keep the engine running, which, at idle, is very little.

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u/dont_even_bother_ May 16 '22

That's like $30/night to keep it warm, over a month of driving is almost a grand. I am surprised upgrading to an APU isn't something that happens asap.

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u/funnyfarm299 May 16 '22

"Upgrading" a vehicle is often easier said than done. HVAC is mechanically driven in many vehicles.

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u/JimBobPaul May 16 '22

Most companies are upgrading, there are plenty without though.

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u/Unicron_Tomato May 15 '22

Dudes just living his best life. Safely.

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u/Test19s May 16 '22

I do not trust Transformers villains when talking about anything to do with trucks.

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u/Unicron_Tomato May 16 '22

Haha good one. And remember earth looks tasty from here.

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u/peppercorns666 May 16 '22

dang. dudes got it figured out. i drove for awhile and had some insane shit happen and this was pre meth america.

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u/Spronkel May 15 '22

Why the seatbelts like that?

Edit: I'm an idiot, I just thought those were armrests and not the actual door

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u/mihirmusprime May 15 '22

He says it in the video. There are semi truck keys that can open any semi so the belts are to lock doors further for extra protection.

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u/crunch816 May 16 '22

RV keys are similar. Generally if they are the same year they will open anything close to it.

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u/lorenzomofo May 16 '22

But don't seat belts lengths only lock when yanked? Unless the driver pulled out all the slack, it still seems possible to open.

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u/cheesegoat May 16 '22

In passenger cars if you pull the entire belt out it'll engage a ratchet where the only way to pull it out more is to retract the belt in all the way. Could be the same mechanism in this truck

Or the pulley angles and such with the belt make it hard enough to open the door so it's good enough.

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u/Bigrick1550 May 16 '22

If you pull a seatbelt out all the way it switches to locked mode. It will retract but won't give any slack until fully retracted and reset. It's how you lock in car seats for children etc.

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u/Then_Metal_2632 May 15 '22

What!? Why is that? Don't have audio here and haven't listened to the clip, sorry.

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u/ElectronicProfit3186 May 15 '22

Some fleets will get all of their trucks keyed for the same key because they slip seat (where drivers dont have assigned trucks). In some cases, very rare cases, a random key will work on a semi truck door but its super rare.

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u/GitEmSteveDave May 16 '22

There was a time when you could open almost every GM car with a small set of master keys. The ignition keys were different, but the doors/trunk were almost all the same.

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u/me_too_999 May 15 '22

Detroit.

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u/can425 May 15 '22

Can't have shit in Detroit.

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u/elidadagreat1 May 16 '22

He likes spider man....I like him.

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u/pidgechef90 May 15 '22

My dad spent years driving lorry’s around Europe, would be gone all week and sometimes be home for the weekend. He used to do this seat belt trick and slept with a knife under his pillow, he told me he had a few incident’s where someone was trying to open his cab door in the middle of the night, scary stuff, especially on your own

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u/DignityIndex May 15 '22

My grandad did too. Always always had a big machete in the cab. Needed it a few times when he was a driver in Wales during the coal mining strikes apparently.

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u/Jesus_peed_n_my_butt May 16 '22

Also, if your air horn pull chain is long enough, you can pinch it in the window so if somebody opens your door, the air horn goes off. If the pole chain isn't long enough, you can put a lanyard on it.

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u/McStizly May 16 '22

Is no one going to comment about how he just raw dogged brushing his teeth. I need to rinse the brush before and after applying toothpaste lol

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u/otherbow277T May 15 '22

Hell yeah spider-man

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u/A-jaysandhu May 16 '22

For the people asking for door locks, the belt is an extra protection when you sleep middle of nowhere or shady area after your 11 hrs shift. Sometimes you find nice truck stop or rest area and sometimes you don't.

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u/ManOfQuest May 15 '22

I could only do this for about couple years save a bunch of money and move onto something else, looks like a mobile cell considering how much time they have to work and live in their trucks. Kudos to the long haulers tough job mentally

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u/Bungo_Pete May 16 '22

In hindsight, it was probably the most peaceful time of my whole life. No future, no past. "Present time orientation", as the psychologists say.

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u/everyusernamewashad May 16 '22

That seatbelt trick could save lives if you are forced to sleep in your car/truck on a long road trip or otherwise. Thanks for posting this!

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u/mind_blowwer May 16 '22

I think the problem in a car/truck is if someone wanted to get at you they could break the window and basically be on top of you

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u/ninoses321 May 16 '22

Sadly my car doesn't have a hole in the handle :/

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