June 2012 Letters

After reading OOIDA v. Comerica Bank …
This is exactly the type of issue that OOIDA should intervene in. There are many issues that individual drivers, owner-operators and owners of small companies should handle themselves. However, in this case, the resources of OOIDA were needed. OOIDA has helped even the playing field for lots of us little guys. By putting these rulings into place, you have given new direction to the industry.

OOIDA and Land Line Magazine must continue to offer advice on insurance, tax preparation, controlling expenses, dealing with both local and DOT law enforcement officers, etc. but individuals can and should deal with these types of issues themselves. I am an owner-operator, and one of my personal rules is to avoid mixing up the roles. I do not want my “employer” carrier to also be my banker, my insurance agent, or the lienholder on my truck, etc.

I am proud to be an OOIDA member. Keep up the good work.

Leigh Moseman
Yantis, TX

LNG? What kind of mileage savings? 
As a retired OTR trucker, I was completely fascinated by the article in the May Land Line (page 94 “Where it Makes Sense” by David Tanner) on using LNG in Class 8 trucks. But the article failed to mention what the projected mpg might be. If the savings were significant enough, it would almost make one think about getting back on the road. Thanks for a great magazine.

Bruce Edquist
Emerald, WI

GOAL – get out and look
I recently read the Land Line online story about the young man who was crushed (between a truck and trailer in South Carolina) and died. What a horrible, unnecessary death. Many trucks I’ve driven have had a decal on the driver’s side mirror “GOAL,” which means “get out and look.”

Anytime I am being helped by another driver who disappears from sight, I immediately stop and find the “helper” and advise them they should always be where I can see them in a mirror. This is similar to the three-step protection that locomotive engineers observe when any of their crew is out of sight between cars connecting air lines.

Could this be a learning moment for those of us who may find ourselves in this situation?

Curt Mease
Lancaster, PA

About the EOBR listening session
Regarding EOBRs, I read the article about what drivers said at the listening session in Washington state and I like what I read. I am one of those drivers who has experienced harassment. Picking up on Monday and having to deliver on Tuesday morning, running out of time and can’t even stop to eat or take your dog for his duties?

This is all BS. Outfits want good drivers, safe drivers and compliant drivers and ones who have great experience. But then they get treated like garbage, which is for the birds.

Clarence Sechler Sr.  
Smyrna, TN

BS meter on …
I just read the article online and what was told to the FMCSA at the EOBR listening session. I was leased to Schneider about 12 years ago and unless something has changed that representative is full of it.

It was not unusual to have only a couple hours left for the day, and they’d send you a 400- or 500-mile load to pick up and deliver the next morning. After all, you pick up 10 hours at midnight. The fact that it was already after 4 p.m. didn’t seem to faze them.

Mike Corwin
Jam Transport
Franklin, OH

From a grateful crash victim
I was recently in a bad crash. The first person on the scene was a big rig driver, Jerry Graham of Ruan Transportation. Jerry rolled down my window, made sure I was conscious, then grabbed reflectors and flares from his truck and set them out to warn oncoming traffic to merge into the left lane.

He also let me borrow his phone to call my husband and my mother. Jerry called 911 about the crash. When paramedics arrived, they had to use the Jaws of Life to get me out of the car. Luckily Jerry talked to my husband on the phone, letting him know what hospital I was going to. I was in shock and forgot to tell him myself.

My family and I would like to thank him so much for his help and generosity. 

Raven Hicks
Grain Valley, MO