Last night we pulled off to get fuel, but trucks were backed up onto the road and couldn't get into the truck stop. Come to find out it wasn't the the fuel lanes that were full, it was a truck that was broken down right at the entrance. The driver was on the CB asking for help, no one was answering. There were a good six trucks between us and the guy in trouble. Allen started talking to the guy on the CB while we found another way to the fuel island. I ran inside to let the fuel desk know they had a truck broken down outside. Apparently, no one else had alerted them.
After we fueled up Allen went over to physically help the poor guy with his truck. He had a CAT motor that was completely out of fuel. He didn't know about priming the fuel system or using ether for the air filter. He wanted to pour diesel directly into the air filter like a carbirator on an old car. He didn't even know where the filter was. Allen managed to get him moved out of the way after two bottles of ether.
How is this relevant to the article below? All the trucks behind the guy who were stuck were ignoring him on the CB. They never got out to see if he needed help. They were sitting in their trucks playing on their tablets or talking on their phones. The one who did get out only came over with a nasty attitude and a nastier mouth, cussing and yelling at him to get out of the way.
No one knows how to work on their rigs any more. No one wants to learn how to fix anything. No one wants to help anyone. No one has any common courtesy or patience any more. Every one wants to be Mr. Billy Badass super trucker. Well let me tell you, by doing that all you succeed in doing is bringing yourself and the entire industry down!
Please people take some time to learn your equipment. It is your livelihood. If you can't fix it, don't drive it! Help one another. Talk to one another. Be considerate. Be kind. Show some common courtesy. Use common sense. Look out for each other. Let's be the professionals and the brotherhood and sisterhood... essentially the family we are supposed to be.