We used to love riding in the back of a pick-up truck when we were kids, and it was perfectly acceptable to ride down the highway that way – or really just about anywhere.
Hell, we didn’t have baby seats and half the cars didn’t have seat belts. Nobody cared if a baby was in someone’s arms in the front seat, and I regularly sat on my dad’s lap and drove the car.
I grew up in the snow belt so in the winter we would go boot hopping. We would wait at a red light or stop sign for a car or truck to stop, then grab onto the back bumper and skate on the icy road behind the vehicle.
It was awesome!
Just riding in a car was dangerous – no seatbelts or airbags and a steel dashboard. But we still found ways to make it even more dangerous.
I recently saw a video my son took with his drone. He and his friends were riding wakeboards in rain-filled ditches in South Florida. A ski rope tied to a truck pulled them along. Driveways looked a bit difficult to navigate, but man, it sure looked like fun!
We would stand on top of the car and “surf.” Yes, I did have a friend fall through a windshield.
Trust me, if there were “social media” back in the day there would not be a single person fit to be in office or any position of authority.
We did a lot of crazy stuff, but we never did jump on the back of a big rig and ride down the highway at 70 miles an hour. That’s just truckin’ crazy!
CDL Life reports that in September of last year things got so bad the Atlanta P.D. had to send out a warning about the dangers of riding on the back of a semi. No shit? Dangerous?
Apparently, there was a social media trend to jump on and get some footage to post. Wow, all we had to do was avoid listening to Judas Priest or playing Hotel California backwards to stay out of trouble.
What if the truck doesn’t stop?
What if the driver just reset and has his empty jugs lined up next to his seat?
What if the dispatcher is screaming because that auto plant four hours away is about to shut down?
Okay, you’re thinking these morons were at least smart enough to do this on a back road or city street or something where a stop is inevitable.
WRONG! I-75 my friend. I-285. These can be scary when you’re in the cab for the love of Pete!
Chances of that load being a short-haul are slim and I’ll tell you what, I don’t care what the odds are, it’s a hard “nope” for me.
Peace and Love!