Who does it bet­ter? UK truck­ies

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What would you do?

YOU are driv­ing along a re­mote high­way and spot a truck parked up at a rest area with the driver’s feet hang­ing out the win­dow.

Is the driver de­ceased, ill, or maybe just hav­ing a sleep?

First thoughts may be that if he was hav­ing a snooze, a much more com­fort­able op­tion would be in the sleeper box.

Would you knock on the out­side of the door to en­sure the truckie isn’t ill and needs help - or do noth­ing?

A car­di­nal rule at road­houses or rest ar­eas is never wake up a truckie who is asleep.

I heard some truck­ies at an eatery talk­ing about this sub­ject af­ter they had seen a “legs out the win­dow sit­u­a­tion” up the high­way.

Two drove on and the other gen­tly knocked on the truck and dis­cov­ered the driver was hav­ing a nap.

The above sit­u­a­tion has hap­pened to Spy sev­eral times and it can prove to be a dilemma on what ac­tion to take.

An­noy­ing hitch­hiker

AN­GRY is the best way to de­scribe how some truck­ies felt about the ac­tions of a fel­low who was seek­ing a lift at a big road­house.

The driv­ers were ei­ther sit­ting in the driver’s seat of their trucks or stand­ing nearby when the hitch­hiker, aged in his 30’s, “ghosted” them ask­ing for a lift.

He went from truck to truck and abused a cou­ple who re­fused his re­quest.

Hardly the type any­body would want to have in their truck for a long jour­ney.

The cul­prit even ap­proached two light rig driv­ers who were rest­ing on a nearby foot­path with their dog.

This an­noy­ing fel­low per­sisted for about an hour, even ap­proach­ing driv­ers who were fu­elling their trucks.

Spy saw him later be­side the high­way with his thumb out hop­ing for a lift.

Park­ing punter

CHEEKY truckie is an apt de­scrip­tion of the Fuso ce­ment truck driver who il­le­gally parked on one side of a busy round­about dur­ing the Vic­to­rian Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val.

He ac­ti­vated the haz­ard lights and bolted into a pub about 15m away where there was a TAB.

Scores of peo­ple at a nearby cafe looked on and most pon­dered that he had slipped inside for a flut­ter on the horses.

Dur­ing the few min­utes he was inside a po­lice pa­trol car ne­go­ti­ated the round­about and didn’t book him.

Of­fi­cers prob­a­bly thought he was ready to drop off some con­crete and even though he was il­le­gally parked, didn’t hold up any traf­fic.

The truckie came run­ning out and into the driver’s seat of the Fuso and would have had no idea that his ac­tions were the sub­ject of such con­ver­sa­tion.

Oar-pow­ered skate­board

OUR truckie mates see some weird things as they travel around Aus­tralia.

One of the most bizarre in­ci­dents in­volved a young man on a skate­board seen along the high­way across the Nullar­bor Plain.

That in it­self is prob­a­bly not unique as driv­ers have re­ported this mode of trans­port ir­reg­u­larly in the past.

How­ever this rider was armed with an oar from a small boat which he used to pro­pel the skate­board for­ward.

One driver said it was strange to see the oar hit­ting the ground as the skate was mov­ing.

Thongs and mar­riage

WE all know that truck­ies wear­ing sin­glets and rub­ber thongs is like our as­so­ci­a­tion with foot­ball, meat pies, kan­ga­roos and the Aussie car.

Go to most road­houses or truck stops around this vast coun­try and you are sure to see some cham­pi­ons of the high­ways get­ting around in thongs.

But I could hardly be­lieve my sub agent the “Bright Spark” who snaps pho­tos for this column when he told about a wed­ding he at­tended at the glitzy Gold Coast on Novem­ber 3.

“The best man wore thongs dur­ing the cer­e­mony and at the re­cep­tion,” old Bright Spark quipped.

At least he didn’t lob up in a sin­glet.

“No, he came in a nice pair of long pants and a lovely white shirt,” Bright Spark quipped.

Ser­vice cen­tres

A ROAD trans­port iden­tity who has vis­ited many road­houses in the past few years reck­ons the Aussie ones are equal or even bet­ter on av­er­age than many in Eng­land.

The mid­dle-aged lad sent Spy a pic of a Pom ser­vice cen­tre he stopped off at in Cheshire County.

“You could get petrol and lots of dif­fer­ent food at var­i­ous shops there. Like the ser­vice cen­tres in parts of Vic­to­ria, NSW and WA here,” he said.

His all-time favourite Down Un­der is the Epping For­est Road­house be­side the Her­itage High­way be­tween Launce­s­ton and Ho­bart in Tas­ma­nia.

“The food was great and I also got to see the Truck­ies Memo­rial at one side of it,” he said.

He said parts of the drive along the route, which is also known as the Mid­lands Hwy in the Ap­ple Isle, re­sem­bled parts of the Mother Coun­try.

Casanova con­ver­sa­tion

WHEN old Spy heads out to a road­house or rest area he never ceases to be amazed by what he hears or sees.

That was the case in Novem­ber when I drove into

PHOTO: SPY

POMMY TRUCK STOP: The English Ser­vice Cen­tre vis­ited by an Aussie.

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