Truckers tell 21 News their biggest concerns while on the roads - WFMJ.com News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Truckers tell 21 News their biggest concerns while on the roads

Posted: Updated:

Thousands of trucks travel through the Valley each day on Interstate 80 carrying everything we buy from clothing to food.

21 News spoke with truckers in Hubbard Wednesday on what they think is the biggest issue they face on the road. 

Truck World in Hubbard is celebrating their 5th annual Driver Appreciation Days this week with free lunches and entertainment for CDL licensed drivers.

They see about 400 truckers each day who usually stop here for fuel, food and other services.

So what concerns them the most about their job? They say, hands down, it's safety.  

"I'm 80,000 and some 2,000-pound car wants to cut me off thinking I can stop on a dime. It doesn't work like that. When a truck hits a car and kills somebody they want to look at the truck like it's his fault," said Mike Kuntz of Warren. "They don't talk about all the things people in these little cars do to us. You got to drive safe and drive for everybody else, not just yourself."

"Everybody's just in a hurry. They'll cut right in front of you just to get off the next exit when they could have just sat behind you for two more seconds," said Al William of Connecticut.

Another issue truckers have are the new ELD or electronic logging devices. They've changed from books to something that's automated.

"I know when I'm tired. But the federal government is regulating when we can sleep and when we can't. If we can bring back when we are off duty and stop our clocks it would be a lot better," said Jeremy Ruhl of Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.

He says right now if they have to wait in a lot for three hours to drop off a load the ELD counts that as time on the road and not rest. He says they save on paperwork, but they aren't making the roads any safer.

  • More NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds wait for doors to open at Eastwood Mall on Thanksgiving

    Hundreds wait for doors to open at Eastwood Mall on Thanksgiving

    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:51 PM EST2017-11-24 03:51:09 GMT

    More than 700 people waited outside of Eastwood Mall for a Thanksgiving Day shopping spree. The doors opened at 6 p.m. near the Food Court. The first 500 people got Swag Bags. They were filled with coupons, gift cards and other surprises. The mall will close at 1 a.m. Friday morning. The doors will be open again Friday morning at 6 a.m. The first 200 people in line by the Food Court doors will be able to participate in the Chocolate Rush. 200 Chocolate Bars will be handed out. ...

    More >>

    More than 700 people waited outside of Eastwood Mall for a Thanksgiving Day shopping spree. The doors opened at 6 p.m. near the Food Court. The first 500 people got Swag Bags. They were filled with coupons, gift cards and other surprises. The mall will close at 1 a.m. Friday morning. The doors will be open again Friday morning at 6 a.m. The first 200 people in line by the Food Court doors will be able to participate in the Chocolate Rush. 200 Chocolate Bars will be handed out. ...

    More >>
  • Police search for missing man in Weathersfield woods

    Police search for missing man in Weathersfield woods

    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:42 PM EST2017-11-24 03:42:07 GMT

    Weathersfield and McDonald police are searching for a missing 54-year-old man.  The man is white, is 5'6" and weighs 150. 

    More >>

    Weathersfield and McDonald police are searching for a missing 54-year-old man.  The man is white, is 5'6" and weighs 150. 

    More >>
  • Preventing accidents on Black Friday

    Preventing accidents on Black Friday

    Thursday, November 23 2017 10:38 PM EST2017-11-24 03:38:54 GMT

    Black Friday shopping can be a hassle even before getting through the doors of popular retailers.  AAA released a parking lot survival guide aimed at helping shoppers get through the holidays without accident.  

    More >>

    Black Friday shopping can be a hassle even before getting through the doors of popular retailers.  AAA released a parking lot survival guide aimed at helping shoppers get through the holidays without accident.  

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms