We here at Land Line give the mainstream press a hard time when they get a story wrong that involves truckers or truck driving. It’s only fair then that we give them an “atta boy” when they get it right.
Last week, reporter Dennis Yohnke of The Daily Journal in Kankakee, Ill., wrote a pair of stories about trucking. They’re both good, but we particularly enjoyed this one about Yohnke’s experiences during a ride-along with a trucker from Hoekstra Transportation, LLC. He writes an “unofficial trucker’s log” that starts at 4:30 a.m. and ends at 6:30 p.m.
Along the way, the reporter and the trucker make about five scheduled pickups along the route, a visit to the truck stop for coffee, and a lengthy detour around I-65 in Indiana.
The driver who gave the reporter an inside-the-cab look at a day on the road is OOIDA Life Member Steve Collins of Urbana, Ill. A 43-year veteran of the trucking industry, Collins said he enjoyed having the reporter along for the ride.