When some people are asked how the economy is affecting them, most people talk about retirement accounts, and the lack of available jobs in their respective fields. Well this past week I came face to face with the economic crisis and how it can have a more direct impact on someone’s life.
I was traveling through the state of Alabama this past week and while at a truck stop, I overheard a conversation between a truck driver and a friend of his where the truck driver was explaining how much he was working and how he was working "overtime", and that even though he had already met the maximum number of hours he could drive that week, he was pushing through to get to his destination.
I completely understand the desire of the truck driver to provide for his family, but that desire is weighed against the potential damage he can cause in his 18 wheeler as a result of him being too tired. I think it is in the best interest of all drivers to take extra precautions while traveling, because you never know how much certain truck drivers have been working when you attempt to pass them on the road.