One Fine Morning On I-55 In Missouri

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Jesse C.'s Comment
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Just curious (i'm not a driver yet), would this be the end of someone's career in trucking?


No it wouldn't. There probably wouldn't be any major companies or highly reputable companies that would hire you but there would be a ton of smaller, more "outlaw" type companies that would. There are a lot of small companies around the country that still do things the old school way. They'll hand you paper logbooks, tell you to stay out of trouble, and load you up with all the miles any human can handle.

Once you got a few years of safe driving behind you again you'd be able to work your way back into the companies with high hiring standards. Then again, once you did some old school driving you might not want to go back.

It won't be long before everyone is required to run electronic logs though. The outlaw ways are slowly disappearing.

Is the old way good or bad for trucking?


A written or electronic record of a driver's duty status which must be maintained at all times. The driver records the amount of time spent driving, on-duty not driving, in the sleeper berth, or off duty. The enforcement of the Hours Of Service Rules (HOS) are based upon the entries put in a driver's logbook.

Electronic Logs:

Electronic Onboard Recorder

Electronic Logbook

A device which records the amount of time a vehicle has been driven. If the vehicle is not being driven, the operator will manually input whether or not he/she is on duty or not.


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.


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

Jessica A-M's Comment
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Is the old way good or bad for trucking?

Depends on who are you asking is it good for. Could some truckers run longer hours while downing pills, caffeine, and speed? Yes. So, they made more money and that was good for them and their companies right? It's not good for the public or other drivers for obvious safety reasons.

Some people who drove the old ways used the opportunities available to stay better rested thus becoming safer drivers while still running the miles they wanted. Which was fine for everyone.

You've got good and bad outlaws, just like the movies taught.

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