HGV Bonanza!!!

20 Jun

OK, so the title was a lie, but it’s been a little quiet on here for a while and hey, why not capture the imagination a bit? We’ve been concentrating on other projects, but we’d still love to hear about all your trucking stories. We really want to hear your trucking stories – because sometimes they’re ridiculously funny. Remember that button in the top right? Hit it and tell us your own trucking tales.

Anyway, we’ve been looking at some driving jobs and, more specifically, hgv jobs. You can’t get trucking tales without doing some trucking, right? It’s good to see how recession-proof the market’s been. So I’ll leave you a with a funny video and, until next time, keep trucking!

A rude awakening

31 Oct

I decided to pull over at a cafe to take a quick power nap and turned my phone alarm on. As it was winter and really cold, I left my truck running so I could keep the heating on. While I was asleep another truck must have parked opposite me. When my alarm went off I snapped awake, forgetting where I was and thinking that I had nodded off while driving. I slammed my foot on the brake and screamed.  I almost had a heart attack!  And I know I scared myself good because I decided to walk over to the café to get a coffee and as I walked in the guy behind the counter took one look at me and asked “Are you okay?”

Sinking feeling

23 Oct

I once had a spotter pulling my trailer out of a door just as I was getting there to pick it up. Someone on the site had poured a bit of tarmac patch about three quarters of a meter deep and 3 meters wide nearby. Well the spotter must have not seen this and pulled out and ended up sinking about half a meter into the ground below the concrete. They had to call a wrecker to come pull it out of the ground.

Easter Turkey

22 Oct

Easter Sunday 2003- my husband and I were driving in Mississippi and he went in the back to sleep. He knew we’d be on the interstate and I’d be okay even though I only had 5-6 months experience. About 30 minutes after he gets in the back he hears this massive CRACK.  When I was driving along, minding my own business, a turkey comes out of nowhere on my passenger side, flies over the hood and smacks dead in the centre of the windshield and sticks his tongue out at me before dropping dead below the view of the windshield. He bused both sides of the windshield and even managed to stop the clock inside the truck as well as blow out a small light. We called the company and they didn’t even believe us! We had to take pictures to prove it. Worst of all my husband is the one that had to get the turkey off the hood.  It wasn’t pretty.

A hot load….

21 Oct

My lady and I drove a 12 tonner around America for 10 years. We hauled everything. We once hauled alligators from Sebring, Florida to Houma, Louisiana because Houma had a shortage of them. We, on several occasions, had the opportunity to tell the agriculture inspectors in-route we did not have time for their business as we were carrying a ‘hot load’. After inspecting our papers and discovering we had a load of hot sauce from New Orleans or Tobasco they would just laugh and wave us on.

Tall, dark….and terrifying

20 Oct

Now I don’t believe in ghost stories, but early one morning at about 3am I was westbound on a deserted two lane road going about 40 mph when out of nowhere this freakishly tall figure of a man in a black buttoned up coat long to the floor was just standing in the middle of the road. He had to have been 6’7”- he was tall! I didn’t even have time to stop it caught me so off guard. My partner and I just watched as he didn’t even flinch when the rig passed him by- and we must have missed him by only a few centimetres. When we looked behind us he was gone. We both just looked at each other and screamed ‘did you see that?!’ I couldn’t stop thinking about it for days…

Accidental kidnapping

20 Oct

I was out tramping one time when I hit it off with a lovely waitress at a truck stop. We ended up going back to my cab. The next morning I woke up quite groggy, got straight into the driver’s seat and started to pull back on to the motorway. I almost had a heart attack when I heard her ask what I was doing! I totally forgot she was there. She probably thought I was going to kidnap her!

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