A trucker’s perspective

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I got a chance to be inside a truck yesterday and it was an eye-opening experience. First of all, the truck was in a real bad shape and it seemed like it would break anytime. There were only side-view mirrors and rear-view mirror did not exist at all, so the driver had absolutely no idea if there was a vehicle behind him. That kind of explains the sudden stops without taking into account the vehicles that might be following the truck. Lastly, the compartment was very congested. The speedometer was broken so the driver had no idea how fast he was going.

To make a long story short, it takes great skill to drive a truck like that. I know that doesn’t justify the lousy driving, but putting yourself in someone else’s shoes does help at times. So next time when I see a truck on my way I am just going to pass it keeping a safe distance, without cursing at the driver.

9 Comments so far

  1. Cy (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 11:04 am

    Me thinks the drivers should be cursed … I mean the lack of the driving aids should make them more cautious rather than more reckless.


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 1:32 pm

    Cool experience

    The way you are defending the truck-wala it seems next time he totals your car in some accident you will most likely offer to pay him Rs. 1000 in sympathy as the poor guy could not see — :)

    BTW – what were you doing in the truck :) apart from taking pics :)


  3. umar (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:09 pm

    haha… i knew someone would ask this… well… it has something to do with my house being renovated.

    I still hate truckers.


  4. Kashif-x (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:38 pm

    Hope the driver didnt ask you to sit in his lap ;)


  5. Anwar (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:42 pm

    would you post some before and after pictures of your home renovations (of course at your leisure). Costs, labor, and quality issues etc… It would be fun to know.


  6. umar (unregistered) on July 17th, 2006 @ 2:45 pm

    anwar, unfortunately, that would be out of scope of this blog. I might cover it on my blog though.


  7. Mariam (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 2:28 am

    Lol!!


  8. Mariam (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 2:31 am

    Kashif,

    Umar is talking about Truck driver not Santa :-O.


  9. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on July 18th, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    These trucks are really fun to drive
    i drove one the other day at boat basin, in the Jan chicken street.
    the moran parked it in the middle of the road and i pulled over frustrated, cause i wanted to park there and he had blocked the whole space..
    there was a accountant kinda guy with a slip book in his hand and he yelled back,
    “driver nahin hai yahan, khana kha raha hai.. bohat takleef hai to khud hata lo”
    that was more then the permission i required..
    i left my car in the middle of the road, jumped up.. started it.. that was funny they had an ignition switch and a starter seperately but it was fun.. and i just started driving it..
    the steering of the damnnnnn thing was soooooooooo heavy/hard i had to use all my strength to turn.. interesting thing was the brake pedal, i pressed it down and it just went down without doing anythin to the brakes.. i had to pump it a couple of times to have the brake “effect”
    i took it to the corner of the street and parked it at one side.. when i got up the truck the guy sittin next had a scared look on his face cause he kinda yelled in the middle somewhere “kya ker rahey hein sab” and i said “nazar nahin ata, truck chala raha houn”
    khair when i got off the driver was running towards the truck and he very politely said, sir aap batatey mein hata daita, aap ney aisey hee takleef kee”

    I must say.. these ppl do work hard to make a living.. its just that they are uneducated so they cant really think of all the things we can..



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