many of you know that i am a driver(though not doing so at this time) and many of you also know that diesel in most parts of the country is now past $5 a gallon a station 1 mile from me is $5.74.
i talk to quite a few drivers and the price they pay per gallon of fuel is killing them many will do a run for an example for $1000 not bad huh, till you see they have spent $1200 in fuel just to do the run, and that does not include food!!!!. how long can this go on for? these people give so much of them selfs just to provide stuff for us so they in turn can provide for there families. and here recently out of the 30 drivers that i talk to and have known for years, well now there are scared,11 might lose there homes, 18 of them either have lost of are losing there wife and or kids and 27 of them are at the very least 2 payments late on there rigs and all 30 of the are atleast 1 patment late. and no i am not kidding or making this up.
fuel prices is going to start some very bad situations on our highways very soon. this drivers are going to start running 2-maybe even 3 log books (cdl drivers are only allowed to run 60 hours on a 7 day week) and think about this how do these drivers stay awake for 24-72 hours at a time? drugs, that how. yes nothing new to the trucking industry but the industry had made major major advancements in cleaning up it's act over the past 20 years. now image you and your family are out on the highway and a 40 ton, thats 80,000 pounds of truck passes you and you look up in the cab.......... and the driver is hunched over asleep at the wheel with his foot still on the gas. can you image?
this is really getting out of control unemployment is almost at setting records, fuel has just topped 140 a barrel, and the people that have to supply this country with goods are losing every thing they have worked so very hard for. it just is not right. we as a nation need to speak up and we need to do it soon. we can no longer be about this. if it is afecting our drivers then it will afect you to, it is just a matter of time.