Have you ever wondered what all of the CB verbiage means, or what really goes on as the eighteen wheelers intimidate you on the highway? And if you missed Oprah's airing of the opulence surrounding truckers, look no further than Donna Carter's TRUCKIN' UP.
Married to a truck driver gave Donna the opportunity to see a side of trucking she never imagined. It opened her eyes to the fact that without truckers the vast majority of any product that lines the shelves, aisles and walls of stores would not be there. She learned to appreciate the time truckers give to make people's lives better. And it highlighted, for her, the downside of a trucker's experience as they live months at a time on the road. It also exposes some unsavory elements who are too plentiful and too ready to accommodate; it's a jungle out there.
TRUCKIN' UP is animated and entertaining as it shares stories, jokes, cities, National 10 codes, and slang in the world of truckers. The next time you're on the highway be on the lookout for a Bear cave or a Bear in the air and if you see one give someone a holler; 10-4. And by the way these are genuine trucker's jargon.
Reviewed by aNN
of The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live on the road, quite literally? To drive a truck, a big truck, all across the country and back again, over and over again? Have you ever wondered what type of person would want to devote their life to driving a truck cross country? Join author Donna Carver in Truckin' Up! to find out. It might be an interesting adventure in sightseeing, but it would also be an eye opener to the many varieties of personalities and characters. It's as if all examples of humanity can be found amongst truckers, but, for the most part they're a pretty good lot.
Author Donna Carver's husband is a truck driver and she has spent considerable time riding along with him on his jaunts across the country. She has learned the ropes, the language, the acronyms, the hidden code words and expressions, and seen the many diverse personalities. Through it all, there is that underlying sense of humor that carries the driver along the long road and to good and not-so-good truck stops along the way. Not to mention the other drivers, the real characters on the road, the ones who, as she looked down from her lofty position in the cab of the truck, "gave me a whole new perspective on everything. I saw people doing all kinds of crazy things while they were driving. People reading newspapers, writing notes, talking on cell phones, women putting on makeup, and businessmen juggling coffee and biscuits. There were people changing clothes or flossing their teeth while steering with their knees and even having sex while driving in heavy traffic." This is a whole new perspective on humanity. It's a real shocker.
This isn't so much a travel story as it is a story about the life of a truck driver. There is so much information that by the time the reader has finished, they are ready to take on the long road, to communicate effectively with other drivers and to watch out for the pitfalls along the way. “You got an alligator on the zipper at the 129 yard stick.” If this came over the radio, a novice might think there was an actual alligator on the road, when in fact it's a blown tire from another truck, one that could cause damage if caught underneath a fast moving truck. This is an interesting introduction to life on the road as a trucker.
Get a free copy of Donna Carver's funny new audiobook, Truckin' Up!. on Audible.com.