The trucking industry is no stranger to celebrities. The list of famous people who were once behind the wheel of a big rig is extensive – you might know names like Elvis Presley, Liam Neeson, or Richard Pryor, among others.
Usually, these celebrities were truck drivers first and pursue their passions in the meantime. Sometimes, that series of events gets flipped on its head.
This was the case for John Corabi, the frontman for Motley Crue from 1992-1997. The former rockstar took up trucking after parting ways with the band in 1997.
Motley Crue frontman John Corabi described his year in trucking as “a f***ing blast”
After parting ways with Motley Crue in 1997, John Corabi didn’t have as much money as some might think. Throughout the entirety of his time in the band, he was financially taking care of two family members – one with diabetes and another with cancer. That said, his Motley Crue money was dwindling, wondering “how am I going to pay my bills?”
Corabi decided to turn to the trucking industry. The singer described his love for trains and trucks since he was a child. Plus, he figured the three-week turnaround for a CDL was a strong selling point.
“I’ve been literally touring my whole life and there was things that I’d never seen before until I started driving a truck,” he said in an interview with Logical Logistics, “pardon my French, but I had a f***ing blast.”
He enjoyed the same things that virtually every trucker enjoys about their job. He mentioned the health insurance for his family as well as the opportunity to clear his head while he was out on the road. He also mentioned that he made a decent living, especially considering the ease of access to the industry. It was the perfect transition for this part of his life.
The trucking industry is unlike any other. With drivers required to maintain focus on the road at all times, DOT and individual companies are extremely careful with drug policies to maintain safe driving on the road.
Even a single positive drug test will usually cause a driver to be fired and go through an SAP program, or a Substance Abuse Program. Whiteline Express, for example, is zero tolerance.
Because of this, one would assume that failed drug tests are not that common in the trucking industry. That assumption is dead wrong.
Failed marijuana tests are becoming a huge issue in the trucking industry
Quest Diagnostics recently released a report showing how common positive marijuana drug tests were in the trucking industry. The numbers were. . . jarring.
Since 2020, there have been over 100,000 positive tests in the industry. Each year, the number has risen and continues to rise, with over 9,000 through March of 2023.
Marijuana isn’t the only drug coming up on tests though. Since 2020, there have been over 30,000 positive cocaine tests and over 16,000 positive tests for methamphetamines.
Perhaps the positive marijuana tests are a result of the legalization of the drug throughout certain states in the US. Regardless, it’s becoming a huge problem, with some drivers struggling to maintain a job without a failed test. The numbers are as clear as day.
Trucking and Taylor Swift are not two words that you’ll often hear in the same sentence. It’s unlikely that the average truck driver is a fan of the global pop star.
That said, Swift is employing more truck drivers than 95% of trucking companies. That’s right, Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour is going to be bringing along around 90 semi-trucks, according to The New York Post. This is supported by a photograph posted in Reddit’s r/Truckers showcasing a small portion of her tour fleet.
Guess that makes it the second-largest Swift fleet in America. Sorry, bad joke.
Why does Taylor Swift need so many semi-trucks?
The first question when you hear about Taylor Swift’s 90-truck fleet is simple: why? Why does she need so many trucks and what is in all of these trucks?
Unfortunately, the answer is vague and extremely unsatisfying. That said, it can be explained away by looking at Swift’s elaborate and physically demanding stage sets. The pop star sees multiple set changes per concert. But how can she afford that much in logistics fees, you ask?
According to Forbes, the Eras Tour could bring Swift over $600 million. Yeah.
This makes sense, as the cheapest tickets for her concerts are hovering around $1,000. Taylor Swift knows how to draw a crowd.
Truck drivers will experience a handful of inevitabilities throughout their career. Whether that be getting pulled over, having a vehicle issue, or being involved in an accident, negative things are bound to happen. It’s the nature of the job.
One inevitability that no truck driver is looking forward to is encountering a bridge that is too low.
Despite the fact that there are usually plentiful warning signs. . . stuff happens. If you’re active on social media, you probably see a new photo or video every week – no matter what precautions are taken, semi-trucks will continue to run into bridges.
This truck driver just showed all truckers what to do if they’re approaching a bridge that is too low
Approaching a bridge that is too low can be a huge dilemma for a truck driver. It’s easy to panic or do the wrong thing. Earlier this week, a truck driver gave a strong example of what to do if you’re approaching a low bridge.
Though it may seem like common sense, the best option is never to drive under a bridge and hope for the best. When in doubt, stop your truck and pull over.
That’s what a truck driver in Houston, Texas did earlier this week when they realized that their oversized load was not going to fit under a bridge. The driver had no way of turning off of an exit. Instead of powering through, the driver stopped and alerted the police.
Unfortunately, this mistake caused a huge backup but the alternative would have been a crash straight into the bridge. The semi-truck had to be escorted the wrong direction on the highway by police.
The entire ordeal took over two hours. Still, it was the right choice.
Make sure you’re watching signage on the road for clearance heights. If you miss it, be prepared. Drivers crash into bridges all the time – it’s easy to avoid being one of them.
One thing that is unique and highly-appreciated in the trucking industry is the resilience of the job market. No matter what type of economic change is seen, the trucking job market will, at least generally speaking, remain consistent.
For this reason, nobody was panicking in February when the trucking job market saw a decrease of 5,000 jobs – the largest plummet we’ve seen in a long time.
And just as expected, the jobs have returned.
Over 6,000 jobs have been added to the trucking industry in the last two months
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job industry bounced back from its 5,000-job plummet with a spike of over 3,000 in March. This was followed by another 3,000 in April.
Still, this leaves the industry behind the extremely hefty bar that was set last year. That number was 61,000 in 2022 – one that likely will not be reached by the end of this year.
That said, transportation jobs are way up as a whole and have followed a similar trend to trucking-specific jobs. Transportation-related jobs as a whole rose by 11,000 last month and has jumped a total of 38,000 total on the year. Last year, the industry jumped by 261,000 jobs.
Lawsuits are every trucking company’s worst nightmare. In an industry that often sees liability issues arise, businesses will often go out of their way to cater to their employees to avoid such incidents. Unfortunately, not all companies are like this.
This time around, R&L Carriers, Inc. is reminding us why every employee or applicant should be treated fairly.
R&L Carriers, Inc. was ordered to pay out $1.25 million for sex discrimination
R&L Carriers has one of the largest trucking fleets in the United States, coming in at 15th on Freightwaves‘ 2023 Top-500 Carriers list with 6,744 tractors and 19,709 trailers. That said, they probably won’t feel a $1.25 million hit as much as some other companies. Still, that’s got to hurt.
But what did they actually do?
According to the lawsuit, the trucking company discriminated against women across a seven-year span. A large percentage of female loader applicants were directed toward other positions or rejected altogether and a handful of witnesses claimed that they were told R&L Carriers does not hire female loaders. The difference between percentage of female applicants hired and male applicants hired was drastic.
For any trucking company, especially one that large, that is not something that should ever happen. R&L Carriers decided to follow that path and they are paying the price.
At the end of the day, the goal is to make sure every company gives an equal opportunity to every applicant. Indianapolis District Director Michelle Eisele weighed in and said “I am pleased qualified women will finally have the opportunity to be hired as loaders at R & L Carriers rather than being steered to office jobs.” Hopefully, the Ohio-based company will make sure they don’t repeat the same mistakes.
Earlier this week, a trucker parked in Philadelphia had an estimated $100,000 stolen from their truck. But as you can see by the title, this wasn’t your ordinary robbery. The truck in question was transporting $750,000 worth of dimes, according to NBC News. The break-in was reported at 6:00 AM northeast of Philadelphia in a Walmart parking lot.
The crime seems like an odd one. Coins are extremely heavy, especially when they are that low in value, and the payout only yielded 15% of the truck’s value. Plus, the money could easily be tracked.
The dime robbers left money all over the ground
If you thought that this was a well-organized, thought-out plan, you were wrong. The robbers used bolt cutters to get into the truck and proceeded to take the dimes, which were kept in bags, and transfer them into their own containers. Throughout this process, they spilled dimes everywhere.
That’s right – if you’re not good at math, this dime theft took 1,000,000 dimes. That equates to nearly 5,000 pounds.
Again, this crime seems. . . inefficient.
As of this morning, authorities are searching for a White Chrysler 300 with tinted windows. They’re also searching for a “dark colored pickup truck” that presumably carried the cargo once it was stolen.
Even though the connection might not be obvious, the trucking industry is no stranger to the dark and mysterious. Whether it’s a haunted truck stop or a disaster on the road, scary things happen all the time. It’s unavoidable in an industry that employs over 6 million people across the United States.
If you’re reading this article at night, you may want to close it out.
This week, we saw another example of a creepy occurrence captured on a truck driver’s dashcam at night.
Even if the trucker’s video doesn’t show a ghost, it’s extremely creepy
The video originally depicts something that looks like a human standing next to the road. In fact, most attentive drivers would go so far as to move their vehicle out of the way. This includes William Church, the driver who saw the ghost, who actually twitched the wheel to miss whoever it was.”
Church states that while he originally thought he had seen a human, a review of the dashcam footage showed that the figure did not appear to have an upper half. Despite the bottom half of the figure seemingly having two legs standing up, this one remains a mystery to this day.
Either way, it’s not something that you’d want to see while driving down the road. Best case, it’s some sort of animal or a reflection of one. Worst case, you just saw a ghost – a few feet further into the road and it could have caused any driver to swerve out of the way and crash.
The video can be seen below, with the dunk in question taking place at the 1:55 mark. It’s certainly… something.
As you can see in the video, he doesn’t really clear the semi-truck. We can cut him some slack here – I mean, it is physically impossible. Still, it’s a bit disappointing.
If you can’t see the video for some reason, it’s pretty simple. The man, who is only labeled as a “5’7 MEXICAN” can be seen performing some impressive dunks throughout the video, including instances where he jumps over people and cars. The man is clearly extremely athletic.
But the real show begins and ends toward the end of the video, when the dunker brings in a semi-truck to jump over. The disappointing part is that he just jumps on top of the hood of the semi truck and dunks the basketball. His “bounce” is still impressive, but the dunk was extremely anti-climactic.
If you want to watch somebody dunk a basketball over a semi-truck and completely clear it, you’re on the wrong planet. Unfortunately, that is physically impossible. It won’t happen.
This year, Minnesota DOT held a “Name a Snowplow” contest and some of the names to come from it are… creative.
According to Minnesota Department of Transportation, over 60,000 people voted on their favorite name among the 60 options. They compiled some of the best and funniest names that were submitted and the winning eight will be on actual snowplows in the state of Minnesota. Here are those eight in order from first to eighth.
Yer a Blizzard, Harry
Clearopathtra (my personal favorite)
Better Call Salt
Blader Tot Hotdish
Scoop! There it is
More names were produced in this contest, for better or worse
The list does not stop at the winning eight, as Minnesota DOT released the full list of 60 names, their rankings, and how many votes each received. For example, the name that received the lowest number of votes was “As the Snow Flies.” Boring. Here are some other noteworthy names from the list.
I Came, I Thaw, I Conquered
Plower to the People
Blades of Flurry
Queen El-ice-abeth II
In reality, it’s just a contest to see who can come up with the worst snow-related puns with no lack of submissions. My personal favorites are “Clearopathtra,” “Better Call Salt,” Blades of Flurry,” and “Alice Scooper.”