I Made A Little Guys Day

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Chris L's Comment
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Last week I was driving on the Ohio back roads towards Wabash Indiana. I had just picked up a load of scrap paper from the Republic recycling facility in Oberlin Ohio and I was heading west on Ohio Route 6 as I passed this farm house there was a little guy who couldn't have been more than 4 maybe 5 furiously pumping his arm up and down. Who couldn't give him a toot so I pulled the coord and gave him a nice long horn blast! I hope I made his day.... Come to think about it I can count on one hand how many times I've done that. Funny thing was that afternoon after I got loaded up at Paperworks trying to head out of Wabash the local cops were re-routing big trucks due to an accident I went by three adults standing outside yell to me to blow my horn had to ablige. I guess we all have a little bit of kid in us


Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

RealDiehl's Comment
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Cool story! I don't often see anyone pumping their arms. Only twice. One was a kid waiting for the school bus in front of his house. His older brother, who must have been too cool for that childish nonsense, was trying to grab his arm to make him stop. I honked anyway.

Another time on 476 in PA a car full of college-aged girls passed me. One was hanging out the front window and another out the back window pumping their arms and screaming. Very strange.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Rubber Duck's Comment
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When adults pump their arms up and down I make it look like I’m pulling the cord but I blow my city horn. The look of disappointment makes my day.


Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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I've had several kids ask for a toot from the highway horn. The one that made me laugh was an older gentleman mowing his lawn. Maybe in his mid to late sixties, I'm guessing. Was heading up Weber Canyon Rd just south of Benton City Washington (if ya know the road, you know where I was headed.) Made my day. No matter how old we get, there is a kid in there somewhere.


Operating While Intoxicated

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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One time had a state trooper give me an arm pump. Gave him a good toot. He didn't know that he made my day.

Diver Driver's Comment
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I think I get a bigger kick out of it than the people requesting it.... Ask Rainy, she knows how I love to get on the air horn. rofl-2.gif

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Ive had a few people do it these last few weeks, I never do it because it scares the pants off unsespecting motorists amd since technically its for emergency use only you can get a ticket for it. There is a bar on my route from the terminal to the highway and sometimes people outside there will do it but I do not want to wake the neighborhood so I have never done it.

I guess this is why I earned the nick name "grandpa".


A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Drove through a small town in Ohio back in May, pre k kids were walking with their teachers from on building to another. Three groups of them wearing out those shoulders, also wore out my air tanks.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Guess who's going to be at the Iowa 80 tomorrow getting some new train horns installed????


Mikey B.'s Comment
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I will always oblige as long as I'm not in a residential area. Coolest one I had was 8 or so Amish kids in their homemade dresses and clothing standing by the roadside in their Pennsylvania driveway furiously pumping their arms. They loved it. When I was with trainer I had a busload of boys on the highway in Missouri, probably 11-12ish. Probably scared the driver but they may be future drivers!

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