There were times back when I was a driver when I would get so mad that I needed to pull over for a break and collect myself. After a while, things pile on and you have to take a moment and reflect on them. Did you ever blow a gasket when someone turtle-raced with you? Or have a driver at the pumps ahead of you walk into the store with their shower bag with the truck still at the pumps? Let’s have a look around the internet for some of the things that made us mad.
Basic Hygiene: How could humanity fall so low?
It’s summer. The temperature is over 100 degrees in a lot of places. We sweat, we stink. But some people have the mindset that “if I can’t smell it, I’m OK.” Your nose might not be as sensitive as the guy behind you in line at the counter.
One thing that bothers a lot of drivers is that some are not cleaning themselves every once in a while. It’s not the Wild West out there. There are showers at almost every truck stop.
Yeah, inflation and greed do push the price tag up too far sometimes. The price for some privacy and hot water is about $12-$15 right now. But most fuel loyalty programs give you a free shower with fill-up and usually a free month of hot washes if you buy enough fuel every month, so there’s no excuse. And please park your truck, don’t leave it in the fuel aisle.
I’ll never walk barefoot across a truck stop parking lot.
If you think that bull hauler that parked next to you smelled, there are some parking lots that are totally funky. A haze of yellow hangs over some lots where inconsiderate drivers don’t wish to walk a minute inside to a proper restroom. They dump gallons upon gallons of old-fashioned leather tannin out of the door and onto the ground.
The result is that you get this funk on your shoes and track it into your truck, meaning you have to sanitize everything your feet touched. Bottles of orange-scented industrial cleaner have been used to clean the floors of my truck.
Then you look out the windows and see the yellow haze floating in the air. Sometimes that face mask is a good thing.
Truck parking, and the poor use of the space we have
Nothing would freak me out more than to get startled out of my sleep by another truck backing in next to me. There’s a lot of air moved when a tractor trailer moves. Sometimes, when the guy next to you is backing into their space, it is so tight you swear you’re getting rubbed.
There are only about three feet between trucks in most truck stops and rest areas. So a driver rushing in to get that last spot before his hours run out can cause a pretty large volume of air to be pushed around. That shockwave can possibly shake the inhabitants of the trucks next door, so be considerate when you’re going 60 to 0 in two seconds.