Saturday, February 12, 2011

Trucker Pride

If you have ever had the pleasure of working in retail or another vocation that is or works with transportation, you will have no doubt come into contact with truck drivers.
If you have ever had the pleasure of talking to a truck driver, you will have no doubt heard about their truck.
If you have ever heard a truck driver talk about his/her truck, then you will have no doubt been witness to what I like to call trucker pride.

In my experience in Australia, truckies treat their trucks like their children. Shining every bit of polished steel and gently scraping off every dead insect stuck to the front. They bragg about the comfort of their sleeping arangements in the cab of their truck and affectionately name their truck in big letters across the front bumber. You get great names, like 'The Duke', 'Blue Thunder' and 'Rolling Justice'. In fact, if you ever get a truck and are stuck for a name, here is a website that will randomly generate one for you...

In India, it seems that trucker pride takes on a whole new meaning. Instead of making their trucks look huge, new and so shiny it hurts your eyes to look at it, the trucks here are decorated in bright colours, patterns and even streamers. They take just as much pride in this decorating as truckies have for their own trucks in Australia.

I would love to see a truckie getting around in one of these in Australia. I have a feeling that paintings of lotus flowers, peacocks and rainbows wouldn't go over too well amongst others at the truck stop.

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