2 million-mile safe driver over 18 yrs starting in 1984 (with a 14 yr hiatus in the middle) After coming back on the road out of necessity in 2010 after a 14 yr hiatus due to losing my business in the recession, I stuck it out for 6 years and realized the industry was NOTHING like it used to be and it wasn't a place I wanted to be working in any longer. The constant micro-managing, the poorly trained drivers, the lack of respect and courtesy from fellow 'professional' drivers (and I use that word loosely) and the motoring public in general made me realize I was no longer cut out to work in this industry.
Throughout my 18+ years as a professional driver (and I use that word proudly in this instance) I've hauled everything from million-dollar loads with security, concert tours, haz-mat, refrigerated, dry box, hopper bottom, flatbed, conestoga trailer hauling 100,000lb loads of steel, tour bus in the music business, and probably other's I've forgotten. Never hauled over-sized though.
All 48 states except Hawaii and Alaska including Ontario and Quebec Canada in practically every major city, in all weather conditions, mountain passes, construction zones, back roads legally, )and illegally, to bypass the scales from NY to LA w/an over-weight load).
Frequently traveled into downtown Manhattan NY to the recording studios to pick up gear for a tour, Long Island, etc. Anything east of I-81 is no longer in my Road Atlas (and yes, I'm old school map reader, I don't even own a GPS).
In my younger days on the road my motto was "sleep is for the weak." Now that I've aged and developed some wisdom, my new motto is "sleep is my friend."
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