Rodney's Truck

Rodney A. sent me a picture of his truck and gave me permission to share it with you.

I didn't get Rodney's first email, which thanked us for our newsletter, because I was on vacation He replied: "Vacation is something Sandy and I are on all the time, right when you enjoy your work." He also said some nice things about our DAT services: "We all appreciate the extra effort you provide for us drivers and dispatchers and everything else for logistics."

From Rodney A. of Minnesota: "Here is a picture of our truck, which I took in Casa Grande, AZ."

Rodney has been a dispatcher and trainer as well as a driver, and recalled a two-year period when he dispatched a fleet of 42 trucks singlehanded. Life on the road has its challenges, Rodney says: "If it was so easy, everyone would be doing it right.."

Some truck stops are disappointing and certain delivery locations have a bad reputation. One retail chain's warehouse "doesn't care how long they leave you sittin' in a door," and another is so bad that he avoids it as much as possible: "Ooh, boy! We would rather get hit in the head with a hammer than deliver there!"

Traffic conditions can also derail his schedule: "Construction is a whoopin' on these trucks," he says. "Timing is a factor when doing a 1,500- to 1,800-mile run, especially in big cities, doing a fuel dance with logging and multi stops."

Despite the delays and frustrations, Rodney concluded that he prefers to spend his days at the wheel instead of "driving a desk."

His parting words: "Drive it like ya stole it."

Peggy Dorf

Peggy joined DAT in 2008 as a writer and market analyst. She was instrumental in developing DAT Trendlines, and she writes extensively about the impact of economic trends on companies and individuals in transportation and logistics. Peggy is a Certified Transportation Broker with decades of experience in technology marketing and an MBA from the Wharton School.