TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.02.05

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending February 5, 2022.

We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding Freedom Convoy 2022:

As one publication summarized: “Convoy Support Grows as Facebook Sells Out Truckers“; and as one pastor put it: “Too Bad American Pastors Don’t Have The Man-Stuff Of Canadian Truckers.” A February 2, 2022, article states:

A Jan. 19 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed natural immunity against COVID was at least three times as effective as vaccination alone at preventing people from becoming infected with the Delta variant. Overall, the study showed natural immunity outperformed vaccine immunity when it came to preventing infection and hospitalization from Delta.

Please pray for a quick end to the unreasonable demands by those in leadership in places around the world regarding injecting harmful substances into people’s bodies. Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles — listed alphabetically, not chronologically — regarding the Canadian convoy for freedom!


2. Regarding accident, accident near miss, fatalities, and fatalities – zero:


Please learn from these accidents what you may be able to do to help prevent being involved in an accident.

Accident near miss


We extend our condolences to all who were killed, whether on the job or not.

Fatalities – zero

As long as there are machines that experience mechanical failure and as long as there are humans in vehicles, I believe that there will always be people who die in vehicle crashes. So the attempt to get traffic fatalities to zero is simply another example of bureaucratic overreach to put more burdens on truckers and the trucking industry. This is another of those “feel good” goals that will never be able to be accomplished — and the sooner that people in positions of authority recognize that and act on that reality, the better!


3. Regarding supply chain:


4. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel, and emissions:

Autonomous vehicles

I absolutely oppose autonomous, driverless, or self-driving vehicles on the roads with the motoring public, but share these so that you may stay current on the topic.

Electric vehicles

With tremendous winter storms being forecast in many places — and knowing what happened in Texas about a year ago — I think that electric-only vehicles are subject to becoming inoperable when they cannot be recharged.



Like “zero fatalities,” I believe that “zero emissions” policies are feel good stances that will never be able to be accomplished.


5. Regarding regulations and smuggling:


Any move to “lower” or “streamline” the entry requirements for people to become professional truck drivers is — in my opinion — destined to backfire. Example: Look at what happened to the man who was responsible for killing 4 people in Colorado.


Never ever haul humans like you haul cargo or cattle. If memory serves me correctly, these are the first articles I’ve ever seen where someone went to prison for smuggling people.


6. Regarding economy and employment:




7. Regarding pay and towing:


The listing of these articles does not imply an endorsement of the companies.


When you’re in a ditch or involved in an accident, you may not have time to be “choosy” when obtaining a towing service. But surely, there has to be a better way of getting towed than getting towed and then getting a whopper of a bill!


8. Regarding roads, tires, and weather:




There are a number of bad storm systems moving into and out of various areas at any given time. Please always drive safely!


9. Regarding technology and cybersecurity:




10. Regarding shortage, training, truckers, and bathroom:



Be ultra careful when anyone offers truck driver training for free. If it was a trucking company offering this, I’d say to watch out for being exploited.




11. Regarding operations and inspections:




12. Regarding recognition:

We wish to recognize those people who helped out their fellow human beings in need. Thank you for being kind and compassionate!


My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.

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