Monthly Archives: August 2015

10,000 miles and 100% Deadhead in Drive-Away

Drive-Away Transport

Drive-Away Transport

Hey, Jim From.  You have been telling Joe that you are getting withdrawals.  I haven’t been posting to this blog site.  Let me take you down memory lane 😀

From May 18, 2014 to June 16, 2014 Jim From, Joe, and I had to move 45 daycab trucks and 6 flatbed trailers from Tracy, California to auction in Las Vegas, Nevada.  That was the longest month in my LIFE!

Two old men and one old broad got the job done in plenty of time for the “Detail Crew” at the auction site to get all the trucks washed, vacuumed, cleaned and spiffed up with Armor All.

I don’t remember where we started, I think in Oklahoma.  We had to deadhead, which means we had to travel about 1,500 miles just to get to the location in Tracy, California.  Once there and hooked up we drove to Las Vegas, Nevada to deliver then deadhead all the way back to Tracy for the next loads.

For your viewing pleasure, I have created a video as a reminder of that month that seemed to have been 10 years. 😀



Did you know a “Safety Check” of your truck includes the battery box cover?

As a driver for Drive-Away it seems you have to check, and re-check, the trucks you will be delivering.

Tires inflated properly and no tread missing.  Air and side fairings securely attached and not cracked.  Safety chains tight.  No missing mud flaps.  Fluid levels at optimum ranges – oil, water, steering fluid, and windshield washers.

As you walk around the trucks for your inspection you look for dings, bends, scratches, cracks, parts and pieces missing, all covers in place, and everything is where it is supposed to be.  Nothing hanging below the chassis to drag the ground.

What no one ever tells you is to check the battery box cover on trucks with the batteries located on the driver side step assembly.  Especially when you see the mechanics at the facility where you pick up the truck getting in and out of the truck, up and down the step.

Mack truck with battery box cover on step assembly

Mack truck with battery box cover on step assembly

The mechanics at the place where Joe picked up this Mack truck had been up and down in this truck.  Moved it from one place to another.  When it was finally released to Joe, he was in and out of the truck a few times himself.

Then, BAM!  The battery box cover tipped forward as he attempted to get in the truck.  The sharp edges of the nonslip aluminum tore into his shin as he, and the cover, were headed directly to the ground.

Blood everywhere.  Torn skin embedded in the tread grooves.  Sharp shooting pains from the leading edge of the battery box cover slamming into his shin.  Not a pretty sight.

Joe would be passing through home on his way out to deliver.  He used a hand cleaning wipe to clean off the blood and gore.  He toughed it out for four hours making his way home for me to care for his badly wounded leg.

The walking wounded

The walking wounded

So you may want to do a safety check on the step assembly which houses the batteries.  Just to make sure you won’t be the next one eaten by the blasted thing.