Mailman or Truck Driver? Which one is more important?
This is a question I’ve often pondered so in the newfound joys of just getting to throw my thoughts out to my Social Audience, I’m posing it to you. Which job do you think is more important to your own personal wellbeing and to our country in general? Mailman or truck driver?
I have a feeling once you really sit down and think about this question in all probability your answer is going to be that a truck driver is a more important job than a mailman (for after all, between email, Amazon and wireless bank transfers does anyone really wait by the mailbox with baited breath anymore? I know I have a trashcan next to my mailbox and quite often not a single piece of “mail” makes it into the house.)
So let’s not discuss the importance between the two (unless of course, someone would really like to argue the point, I’m all ears and always up for a good debate) and instead let me ask this question…. Why does a mailman get more respect than a truck driver? Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom…doesn’t a truck driver also follow that motto? As a matter of fact, not only do they “keep on truckin’” regardless of the weather, truck drivers are quite often the first responders of highway accidents, the first to deliver much-needed supplies to weather distraught towns and overall are often the first to volunteer to lend a hand when crisis strikes. So why is the profession of driving a truck so frowned upon?
Many of you (those not in the trucking industry, that is) might be shocked to learn there are several companies out there that don’t allow truck drivers to use their restrooms when making a delivery. Can you believe that? Here this person has been driving for hours (regulated of course to make sure he/she hasn’t been driving too long) only to be greeted at the destination with a sign that says “no restrooms for truck drivers”. Now imagine waiting at said location for hours to have your trailer unloaded (filled with the ever important goods needed to keep said company in business) and still not able to use the company bathroom. Seriously?! Just shocking and wrong. Sure, there are some drivers that give the trucking profession a bad name, but doesn’t every profession have this issue? So I ask again, why are truck drivers given so little respect?
Trucking is the most highly regulated industry in the entire country yet it is perhaps the only industry that should it suddenly just go away our country would completely shut down within a week. Think on that for a minute…no food on grocery shelves, fuel in the pumps, medical supplies in hospitals. Is there any other profession or industry out there that would completely turn our lives upside down if it went away?? So if that’s the case, why is it that our country as a whole (and even many people within the trucking industry itself) doesn’t respect truck drivers and the vital job they perform on a daily basis??
I rarely end these ponderings of mine with any sort of “call to action” but this time I’m asking you to speak up. I have four simple requests of you:
· Tell me why you think truck drivers aren’t respected and what can possibly be done to remedy it
· Tell me if you think there’s another profession out there you believe would shut the country down if it went away
· Please share this outside of our little trucking bubble (I’m equally to blame on this one since my social network is 95% trucking) but I would really like to see what the general public has to say about this.
· And finally, next time you see a truck driver, make a point of thanking him or her for what they do. It’s a tough job but it shouldn’t be a thankless one!