For those not familiar with the trucking industry, look inside somebody’s cab. Attitude and appearance tell me who they are as drivers. If they can’t take care of themselves, they won’t be able to take care of their product. It’s important to me— it’s just important. People tell me ‘you’re just a truck driver.' I say ‘no. It’s escalated. In our industry, most guys just bump a dock and they won’t even get out of the truck because there’s somebody else to unload it. Ours is different. The tanker, the chemicals, the credentials. You can’t spill anything.
We have to be careful everywhere we go. There’s a lot of pride involved with this job that a lot of people don’t understand. It takes a certain attention to detail and character to be a tanker driver.
My dad was a kid of the depression, fought in World War II, and I was in the Marine Corps reserve, and active duty before that. All of that taught me to be pretty tenacious, to be respectful, to work hard, to be honest. I use all of that driving. The harder I work, the better job I’m going to do, and the more money I’m going to make. I like to get out and run long. The money’s in the miles, it’s no secret, and at the end of the day you feel real good. A lot of pride and satisfaction, and accomplishment. Trucking’s not bad. It’s a good living.