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music

I know a lot of truckers out there that listen to music while driving as I did.Question is what types are best for you and relaxes you the most,not relaxing as to fall a sleep,the tension,aggravation,moods idiotic 4wheelers.I personally listened to soft rock mostly but other types of music as well depending on what mood I was in.The only real music I hated was heavy metal,could never figure out what type language they were using,is it pig latin or take your pick as to what they are singing…

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Added by dan bestfelt on November 22, 2012 at 9:43am — No Comments

Thanks Giving

HAPPY THANKS GIVING to every one out there except for the drivers that will be on the road today but try and enjoy it anyway you can,I feel for you

Added by dan bestfelt on November 22, 2012 at 9:06am — 1 Comment

Prayers for one of own

I,m posting this for one special lady trucker we all know who needs prayers sent her way to get thru her troubled times.That lady is Amy Davies who is currently in a hospital fighting an unknown illness.Never ending migranes and pains they have yet to find the cause.I hope all of you will pass on prayers to her so she can get back on here and continue with her job and life.Shes been thru 2 weeks of pure H***.

Added by dan bestfelt on November 11, 2012 at 9:52am — No Comments

Poem to all Truckers-From an ex-trucker

Here is a poem to all truckers out there,truck be safe and take care.To all the friends I  made on here stay safe,be careful and in the clear.I miss all the truckers I met on the road making their living hauling a load.Though as a trucker,I am now idle still all of you carry this title.Now all I have left is this site to go on my career maybe over but my memories are,nt gone.To Bill Mcqueen I want to say Thank You for starting this site and keeping it new.A place were our trucking family can…

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Added by dan bestfelt on November 5, 2012 at 4:08pm — 2 Comments

A funny response from a Pastor

When I went to my church for mass on sunday past I ask my pastor how they made Holy Water and his response to me was they take regular tap water and boil the HELL out of it.Imagine my shock coming from a Pastor of my church.But I should have cause I know how he is always trying to make people happy even in his sermons

Added by dan bestfelt on October 22, 2012 at 6:18pm — No Comments

the old 9 channell CB and ID#

How many drivers out there remember the old 9 channell CB,S.When I first started driving 32 yrs. ago the only CB you could get was a 9 channell and to use it you had to have a user ID# not a handle so they knew who you were and were you were talking from.I still got that CB in my basement and it still works with a couple tweeks I did to it.I,m just wondering would that be considered a classic since it is over 25 yrs. old like a car

Added by dan bestfelt on October 16, 2012 at 12:20pm — No Comments

smoking while driving

I know there are many drivers out there that smoke as I did,loosing your lit cig out of your hand on your seat between your legs or worse droping onto the carpet flooring inside your cab and trying to stomp it out with your foot or pour your drink on it to extinquish it I tried many different things to avoid this chewing on celery,chewing gum,had a fake cig to replace a real one but that did,nt help since being of the road they now have E-cigs I use to help me quit which was not available…

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Added by dan bestfelt on October 9, 2012 at 10:54am — 1 Comment

CB trash and tuning it out

In my 32 yrs. out there I heard so much trash talk I would turn my CB off and listen to music from the radio station I could pick up in whatever state I was in loosing all my communications with other drivers on road conditions,delays,construction zones,speed traps,drunk 4 wheelers,accidents amongst other necessary CB info

Added by dan bestfelt on October 9, 2012 at 10:07am — 2 Comments

headaches the hard way

How many drivers out there have a Tremendus headache after bashing your noodle while trying to get under your trailer to slide your tandems to equal out your weight and raise your noodle up before your clear the steel girths under your trailer-OUCH that hurt then cuss out yourself and trailer then in anger punch the trailer hard as hell breaking your knuckle then having more pain then a headache

Added by dan bestfelt on October 9, 2012 at 9:56am — No Comments

Carrying a fire arm with you

As for my last post about this while passing thru the state of OHIO if you are stopped by a law officer and do not notify the officer that you are in possession of a firearm and have a firearm permit from your state or from the company you are driving for that firearm must be holtered or at least 24 inches away from you and not loaded in a secure compartment such as a glove box or anyother compartment as not to have immediate access to,if you do not warn the officer who has stopped you he…

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Added by dan bestfelt on September 14, 2012 at 7:17am — 1 Comment

Carrying a fire arm with you

How many drivers out there carry a fire arm with you while on the road for protection from hi-jackers trying to steal your load or break into your tractor while you were asleep.I for one did considering I hauled a lot of liquor loads going thru New York,Pa,Detroit,Chicago and a few others to.But now the states are making you get a concealed weapon permit so you can carry a fire arm on you.Another reason I,m glad I,m retired.This is RIDICULUS to say the least just another way for the state to…

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Added by dan bestfelt on September 6, 2012 at 8:02am — 1 Comment

States that acknowledge your safe driving

I,m kinda curious if there are other states that acknowledge your safe driving other than my home state of OHIO.In my 32 yrs. out there I was awarded a 1mi,2mi,3mi,4i, and my last one of 5mi miles of safe driving by the state,not much just a certificate that had a gold edge and the seal of the state embossed on it is there any other states that acknowledge you for your safe driving,I was just happy with the monetary I got from my owner OPs I drove for.That was enough for me to put away in a…

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Added by dan bestfelt on September 5, 2012 at 9:13am — 3 Comments

suicide rates for drivers

You,ve all read about the suicides of pro foot ball players commiting suicde because they lost what they dearly loved,and some of the professonal musicians committing suicide because they seen there musical carreer hitting bottom,and even young children committing suicide because they thought they were not among the in crowd well what about the truck drivers who lost something they so much love because of a irreversal disese they have should,nt we be allowed to do the same thing also.Of…

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Added by dan bestfelt on September 5, 2012 at 8:09am — No Comments

gerting old part 2

I also remember those good old days.When theonly thing you needed was a chaufeurs license and be 25 yrs. old to drive big trucks.We did,nt have to use log books either,no piss tests,no bridge laws,no cdl,no weigh stations,I use to carry maps of al the states I was passing thru to figure out my best route to take to get to my destination.We also got paid by the Hour not the mile.We also had clocks on our dashboards so when you left on a run you got you,re pappers with a little key to unlock…

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Added by dan bestfelt on August 26, 2012 at 6:55am — 2 Comments

worst ever driving conditions you,ve been thru and had to shut down

In my 32 yrs. out there the worst was driving thru was 1) an earth quake which shut me down over a week 2) a volcano eruption which shut me down for 3 days 3) a Hurricane which shut me down for 4 days 4)A #of tornados which did,nt shut me down but made me late for my delivery of frieght 5)A blizard which shut me down for 2 days on the PA turn pike 6) an ice storrm in denver Colarado which shut me down for 1 day but at least I got to bring home a bottle of ashes from Mt Mckinley erupting and…

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Added by dan bestfelt on August 13, 2012 at 8:59am — 1 Comment

Best Hobbies you enjoy when not on the road

My best hobbies I enjoyed was restoring old cars,Riding my 82 Harley Sporster,Bowling which I have 7 300 games sanctioned and 1 800 seres sanctioned,playing soft ball,golfing,fishing,throwing darts,pool shooting,pitching hore shoes which I have won a # of trophies in.But not only my health issue of having MS cost me my job of OTR for 32 yrs. it has also cost me my hobbies as well.This site is now one of my hobbies where my health issues won,t destroy

Added by dan bestfelt on August 13, 2012 at 8:03am — 1 Comment

What was the worst accident ever witnessed not seeing

In my 32 yrs. out there the worst accident I ever witnessed was 2 4 wheelers racing down I-71s just outside louisville ky. and one of the 4 wheelers sped beside me on the shoulder of the road not knowing a big truck was broke down on that shoulder and before he realized what was on that shoulder he could,nt slow down enough before he went under the back of the trailer decapitateing both the driver and passenger I immediately pulled up behind this and got out with some rags and covered the…

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Added by dan bestfelt on August 4, 2012 at 9:01am — 1 Comment

the cost of renewing your CDL

I know the cost of renewing your CDL has risen.Hell in my home state of OHIO the cost seemed to rise every year.When I first started driving big trucks thats all I needed was a chaufeurs license.But then every state jumped right on in with charging a high cost to obtain and renew.Here in OHIO that cost is now $58.00 and for any endorsement would raise it even more like having Haz Mat,doubles triples,tanker,motorcycle I think my cost generally ran around $72.00 being I had every endorsement…

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Added by dan bestfelt on August 3, 2012 at 5:57pm — No Comments

Truck driver Courtesy question

Who would you say are more courtiest truck drivers men or women.I,m polling a list of what you all think.In my 32 yrs. out there Ithought the women were.Thats all I heard out of men was complaints,4 wheelers going to slow,race issues,traffic back ups,not once did I hear a women driver complaining nor ever hear any race issues.Hats off to all you female drivers out there.

Added by dan bestfelt on August 3, 2012 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Any drivers out here that are masters in martial arts and who is your favorite?

I,m a 3rd degree black belt in karate.Took it up when I was 16.Still in high school and kept up with learning it when I first started my OTR job.Has got me out of troubled cituations more than once.First thing I was taught by my master was to never start a fight before telling that person I was a 3rd degree black belt.When some body came at me with a knive,pole,club,I would always warn them that I would stick that weapon up there ass.Guns they would,ve had to be close enough to disarm them…

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Added by dan bestfelt on June 28, 2012 at 3:50pm — 2 Comments

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