Wednesday, April 15, 2009

10 Reasons Big Rigs Rock - April 15, 2009

Like many Americans, I too have spent countless hours driving the highways of our country. It's amazing to see how many truckers are out there. No matter where you go, eighteen-wheelers are always around. It's easy to dismiss them as creepy dudes with no lives, but I actually find them quite fascinating. There are about 15.5 million trucks operating in the U.S., and of this figure 1.9 million are tractor trailers, "big rigs". There are about 3.5 million truck drivers in the U.S, and one in nine are independent, a majority of which are owner operators.

So, here's my personal list of the top ten reasons big rigs rock!

1. Your bed is never more than one step away from where you work
2. You get to see the country and get paid for it (average of 30 cents a mile)
3. Trucker stations have the best novelty gifts - french tickler anyone?
4. Air horn - need I say more
5. The potential to drive to Mexico with expensive cargo and sell it then retire
6. Ability to grow a gnarly beard and not hear your employer complain about it
7. Possibility of being featured on a Discovery TV show
8. Buying custom mud flaps with your initials on them
9. Spitting rocks onto annoying rich people driving extravagantly expensive cars
10. You'll be perfectly safe in pretty much any accident

Totally random interesting side note: In 1896 there were only four cars registered in all the United States. Two of them collided with each other in St. Louis.

On another truck related side note: The world’s most solitary tree is located at an oasis in the Tenere Desert in Central Africa. There’s not one other standing tree within 31 miles. In 1960, it was smashed into by a truck.

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