Life of a Trucker Video Series - Ike Stephens

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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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“When I was about seven or eight years old my mother and I were going on a road trip going down I-35. I got sick and my mom had a radio in her car. She was talking to some of the truck drivers going down the road and one of the drivers stopped and said, “I’ve got some Pepto Bismal. If your kid is sick I got some Pepto Bismal for you.” So, we stopped on the side of the road and he gave me some Pepto Bismal. That was my first glimps into the trucking life. That’s when I really started looking up to truckers.”

“Many years later, as an adult with a family of my own, I was stuck at a job I really didn’t like. I had a door open where I could go drive a truck. I could start driving a truck and doing my own thing. I got on YouTube, I got on social media, and just like a lot of people I started getting a following.”

“A lot of people thought of me as a negative person into negative things and I would probably agree that there were a lot of things that I took part in that were not positive to the industry.”

“In early 2016 I had my eyes opened. I lost all movement in my arm. I could shift, but that was about it. I knew I was not able to pass a DOT physical. I saw my trucking career coming to an end. That’s when I thought, “I have some life changes I have to do, especially with my social media presence.” So, I dropped everything that was negative and started the STA: Super Truckers of America. It’s kinda catchy, but if you think about it that’s what we are. The little kids look up to the truck drivers. They look up with respect.”

“To make a change in industry you have to prove it. I could sit here and talk all day long about unity, but you have to show it. That will take time, it’l take a lot of time. Bridges have been burnt, but it’s time to rebuild them. With me, personally, it’s about everything. It’s not just on social media, but it’s when you’re at a truck stop, when you’re at a shipper or receiver, you have to show the people who aren’t in trucking that these truckers are together. The comradery that we all see in the movies; they still have it. My eyes ere open. I’ve got a legacy and I don’t want it to be a negative legacy. I want people to think when I was trucking that he brought a change to the industry. When drivers of the future look back to see what I’ve done they’re gonna see the positive not the negative.”