I agree 100 per cent with Scotty Douglas – ‘Is manual labour becoming extinct?’ ( Owner//Driver March 2017, page 51). The whole BS story that auto/semi-auto boxes were going to revolutionise the transport industry when they started to appear on the Australian market was a joke – all the salesman’s rubbish of how they were going to be easier to drive.
The only thing it was made easier for was the next generation of driver coming through. You know the ones I mean, those who were never taught how to drive a truck or listen to the old bloke from the previous generation who might have a couple of clues.
Instead they went through some ‘accredited’ driving school and taught to pass a test and smile politely for the nice man in the transport shirt when he takes you for a quick drive around the block.
There is no need to actually think about what you’re doing anymore, just jump in, put the thing in drive and hold the bastard flat all night. Where is the skill in something that a trained monkey could do? And if the thing does break down, no need to get out and try to figure it out.
Oh no, get on the phone and hope the mechanic turns up soon.
About three weeks ago I was called a dinosaur of the industry (32 years). I was a bit shocked at first, but after a bit of thought now I wear that like a badge of honour because I have survived the job, where others we all know didn’t. Now I’m sure some reading this will disagree because they love their autos to death. But I am not now, or ever will be, one of them. You are welcome to it. J. Bennett, Tamworth, NSW