I was riding with the best. Bob Weller, 67, of Monrovia, a tank-truck driver for Hahn Transportation in New Market for 42 years, is the 2014-2015 National Tank Truck Carriers’ Professional Tank Truck Driver of the Year. He was named Maryland Motor Truck Association Driver of the Year in 2012, and recently completed 4 million miles of accident-free driving.

All those qualifications helped ease my concern about sitting in the front of a 40-ton tractor-trailer on April 7 carrying 8,000 gallons of jet fuel from a tank farm in northern Virginia to Frederick Municipal Airport. Hauling milk or mattresses might also have worked, but you can’t beat going with an experienced, accident-free driver, regardless of the load.

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Good post shared. Certainly driving a heavy vehicle like trucks and trailer is a great responsibility. Truck-trailer drivers should at least not break the traffic rules and concentrate fully while driving. It is also the responsibility of the shipping companies which authorize drivers to drive giant vehicles for transportation purposes. They should take lessons from some of the reputed auto shipping companies for following the strict norms, when it comes to the appointment of truck-trailer drivers by keeping in mind the safety and security of citizens.


All new vehicles, everything on the road, should have V2V as soon as possible.


Amen! ALL drivers need to use patience, common sense, courtesy and your FULL attention! Far too often this is not the case. My father always taught me to drive like everyone else on the road is an idiot (back then, there weren't as many). I also remember my driving instructor telling us that you are driving a potentially large killing machine. Respect the road, the speed limit (the LAW), the weather and EACH OTHER! Then maybe, just maybe you'll make it to work, to home, to church, your vacation, etc. safely.


Driving a truck, in heavy traffic is a huge responsibility. You have thousands of dollars of consumer products and it the case of Hazmats, many possibilities of causing a disaster. Yet, cars do drive reckless around them. In the case of a truck, tailgaters can do little damage to them, but the tailgaters are risking their lives. But most tailgaters do that to cars also and are a hazard on the roads, which is not enforced nearly enough. And not stated here, truck drivers are not paid nearly enough


Most truck drivers make at least $80k per year. At least. And that's NOT as owner operators. They make more than police officers. Police officers are underpaid.


Not the local truck drivers, the ones driving 18 wheelers on week long trips, yes.


Wrong dick.

There are local truck drivers that make what I said. I know, I interview them. How many have you hired?


Oddly enough, working as a teenage dental assistant for my dad was not cool with my peers, but walking the quarter mile downtown along route 255 in my tasteful white uniform, those passing air horns let dad know I was on my way. They were romantic figures just because they had somewhere else to go. Inspiring, really. Thanks, guys.


BTW, Kelly Alzan needs to read this column.


All drivers should read that.


We have tractor trailers. Been driving them all my life :)


Great Column Bill. My sentiments exactly!


Good column!

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