@Texomatic Life of a #TruckerVideo Series - Bruce Atkinson

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Life a Trucker series by Tex Crowley of Texomatic Pictures. Tex spotlights individual drivers in this captivating series. The Videography combined with these Truck Drivers stories make for a compelling insider look at a Trucker's life. Check back weekly for a new Texomatic videos.

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“My name’s Bruce Atkinson. I’ve been driving and working on trucks for the last forty years. I started out changing oil, changing tires, and doing minor freight work. I starting driving professionally in 1990. I started out in a Cabover. I’ve owned three trucks and this is my latest and last one. I’m fixing to retire here in the next four or five years. It’s been a lot of fun. I’ve learned a lot of things and met a lot of people. The industry has changed dramatically since I first started. Some things for the better and some things for the worst.”

“What really ticks me off the worst is when you’re pulling up a mountain. You’ve got two company trucks that are set up identical, they can’t go any faster than the other, maybe half a mile. They see you coming in the lane behind them and they’ll jump out in front of you every time and make you lose your momentum coming up a hill. And with this EOBR we’re all on the time clock. They aren’t the only ones out there that got to go somewhere. You always get this one that’s got to cut in line in road construction and when one starts the rest of them start. We all have to live with limits. We’re pickups. On our way to pick up our load we have to be there at a certain time, we have to deliver at a certain time, and with these EOBR the courtesy has gone down the hill.”

“I’ve had a great time, I’ve made some decent money, and it’s had its ups and downs. There’s not much more I can say about that. It’s not for the weak hearted. It’s a brotherhood. If you don’t want to stay out on the road it takes you away from your family, but if you have a strong family that supports you it’s a good living.”

“The first advice I would give for this industry would be to find an old trucker that’s been out here. Talk to him and listen to him. You can listen to all these guys at the truck stop that shoot the bull, but find an old trucker that will sit down and talk to you. Listen to what he has to say. Follow his advice, but do what’s best for you.”