Articles by Rick Huffman

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Mama Said They'll Be Days Like This

A truck driver recounts his week of misadventures, from Jacksonville to Stockbridge, Georgia. After a series of mishaps, the driver learns a valuable lesson about always checking the kingpin to the fifth wheel before hooking up to a trailer.

Keeping Your Head Screwed On Straight In A Crisis

A truck driver recounts a misadventure on I-85 when a car slammed into their trailer. After calling the police and the company home office, the driver learns two lessons: to be careful and to keep their head screwed on straight in a time of crisis.

Fighting Through The Challenges Of Life On The Road

This article follows a truck driver on his first week of trucking. He encounters intimidating steel beams, a muddy mess, and a euphoric feeling of accomplishment. He learns that trucking is a fellowship of hardworking men and women who are willing to help each other out and why trucking is so rewarding.

Bad Directions, The Wrong Entrance, and A Coon Dog Cemetery

This article follows a truck driver's first full solo week on the road, from a smooth delivery in Simpsonville, South Carolina to a bizarre experience in Newberry, SC. The driver then delivers lumber to Littleville, Alabama and discovers the Coon Dog Cemetery. An interesting and unique look at the trucking industry!

A Humbling Adventure: My First Delivery Driving Solo

A rookie truck driver embarks on their first solo trip, learning the challenges and lessons of the job. Along the way, they make mistakes and meet helpful people who assist them in their journey.

On The Road In Training With Ringo Part 2

This article provides an informative look into the world of truck driving. It covers the physical and mental adaptation needed to become a successful truck driver, as well as tips from a veteran driver on navigating mountain roads and dealing with hot brakes.

On The Road In Training With Ringo

Ringo was an imposing, grizzly bear of a man with a beard like Dan Haggerty. He provided his trainee with stories and tales from his youth during their six weeks together. Read about his first week and the six weeks of stories and patience that followed.

Truck Driving School Part IV - Taking The CDL Exam

This article tells the story of a truck driving test, the people who took it, and the emotional roller coaster that came with it. It follows the journey of the students, from the time they arrived at the testing facility to the time they left, and the different outcomes they experienced.

Trucking School Part III - Boot Camp

This article provides an insight into the truck driving school boot camp experience. Learn how to master 45 angle backing and shift gears with experienced instructors, and get ready for your CDL test.

Attending Truck Driving School Part II - First Day On The Yard

Alan and Rick learn the basics of truck driving with an unusual instructor. They practice straight-line and 45 angle backing with an old warrior truck. The instructor has a propensity for talking about women's breasts, making the experience both funny and creepy.

Attending Truck Driving School Part I

This article tells the story of a trucker's experience in Priceville, Alabama. It talks about the different personalities of the students, the camaraderie that developed, and the challenges they faced in getting their CDLs.

Becoming An American Trucker

This article tells the story of one trucker's journey from a sedentary job to a life on the road. It explores the diverse lifestyle of long-distance truckers and the unique experiences of one trucker's journey, including the adventures of his traveling cat.

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