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America's highways home to trucks to supply businesses across the country The world's largest economy also has the world's largest highway network Whether it's gasoline, farm products, or everyday items, more than 70 percent of all goods trucking is over three million drivers hauling their cargo across the country a life that means freedom but also privation and
frustration gary jones has specialized in heavy haulers my stuff just sleep little has joint pain
trucker and singer from country toni justicia criticizes the strict regulations to limit daily working hours how will i take the opportunity to decide for myself when i am rested enough to move on not only since the pandemic the industry is experiencing a crisis drivers are wanted everywhere reason for changes the number of women behind the wheel has shot in recent years one of them is media für die Zweif oh mother it's not an easy life it's hard for me to leave my kids alone but i hope you understand immigrants take risks too like thousands of other indian drivers who just immigrated to the usa to make their fortune not everyone can do that sometimes i work 18 hours a day gary tony medina and she lived her dream as a
trucker on the highways of the usa the montana in north west los united states final preparations for an unusual delivery gary jones is a heavy truck specialist we have yet to hook up the air hoses his work is worth a ship of around a million euros to drive to the east coast of the united states with a length of twelve meters and a weight of more than 15 tons a true colossus the journey is precision work that's why his rani employee accompanies him in front of him there is a car in the curve of an escort vehicle f hi ronny radio contact gary to secure heavy haul i think here is the link The road for you Gehry's destination is about 2,500 miles away His red line takes him through several states including Colorado, Kansas and Indiana until Virginia.
You have five days for the trip. The experienced
trucker is optimistic that we can meet the delivery date. We specialize in difficult deliveries. Others don't like to do this kind of work because it involves stress, expense and time pressure for such jobs. Gary uses a 500hp custom tag that rx sf behavior has called over the top behavior a nod to the three foot shifter long and custom interior here are the ads for speed, rpm, temp and oil pressure its a tablet so tv and computer if you ever need to look it up on the internet i feel comfortable with all the chrome and accessories its a cool truck my customers love it i take it out more of him he orders after a two hour drive through h montana suddenly there is a problem a tire blew out gary has to head to the next rest area immediately while ronny gets the tools out of the car another
trucker spontaneously offers to help with the repair of the lever at school great the lever works now let's try together if anyone has problems no s we help that's how it works with us saying goodbye to the elbow he wants to be like that at night it's better not to thank him for his help this time the breakdown went well which gary i don't suspect shouldn't be the only day at work on the trucks it's exhausting and According to experts, one million new
truckers will be needed in the United States by 2030 There is an acute shortage but a new trend is giving hope to the industry The fertile areas of Oklahoma in the southern United States are undergoing a unusual photo shoot here media is social media celebrity poses proudly with her 30 ton truck looking at me like a cowboy and smiling eln or in sparkly boots and evening dress 28 year old likes to show off her truck to your followers is well received hey hi guys i took out my beautiful dress and i am currently doing a van photo shoot i also sent the matching boots with my friend faith and it took some some really great photos.
I can't wait to show you several videos a week after only a few months. He has over 10,000 followers on Instagram with great photos. You draw attention. The world of
truckers is very popular. on social media even with people who don't drive alone there are hundreds of thousands who are interested in doing so in the united states about seven percent of drivers are now women an increase of almost 70 percent in the last ten years many are drawn to the equal pay between the sexes and the opportunity to travel, but the work is also demanding. commedia pays tribute to him on a Monday morning in the small American town. to nine year old daughter reiley breakfast are you hungry too? her husband robbie is a long haul
trucker. revolution in the industry medea is not like other mothers every day at home she still manages to do the shopping and keep the house clean most of the time she even cooks something for us at night it is really amazing still juice or water the media they work for her in-laws transport company she is usually on the road three days a week whenever she can she takes her children to school of course with the truck we are doing well at school yes it is ok then she has to say goodbye have fun the media workday begins she's on her way to arkansas to load up romeis the former beautician is now an experienced
trucker her truck is 80 feet long and 500 hp making it one of the figureheads on top models i'm proud to be one of the few allowed to drive such big trucks i am not invincible but here i am less afraid of something happening to me on the road i feel safe in this hairpin curve i will have to drive after five hours of travel lidia has to load ten tons of corn on this farm as usual no one is there to instruct her but legia knows what to do after less than an hour the tractors are on the road again she has to take her load to another way for tomorrow morning to bring at the end of a long day of work, the means is still 500 kilometers from her destination tonight she sleeps in a special service area for trucks the parking lot is almost crowded and the young lady feels the skeptical looks from her male colleagues hell hello hello i don't know if i'm in the gap it fits my trailer is quite long people will see if i can do it i'll take a shower please take a good shower before if e goes to bed legia removes her makeup for her her makeup is also a protective shield i don't like posting pictures of myself when i don't have makeup like now almost no one sees me almost 25 percent of women women drivers have been sexually assaulted more frequently this happens at rest stops you need to be careful watch your surroundings and always be ready to defend yourself if necessary some women carry a knife i can only advise all drivers that they have something to protect themselves, for example a stun gun I feel safe in the rest areas but there are also dodgy or very remote corners where you have to wait because there is nothing else at the end of a long day it is read who is overwhelmed with her thoughts about her kids so often being away from them mother of two often asks the kids if i can't stay home i wish i could but that's part of my job i just hope you understand it's very hard for me to be separated from you I'm lucky you understand that frequent separation from family and friends is one of the downsides of being a
trucker 1 how popular the trans is transport by truck also because he is good at earning three and a half days of work a week brings him the equivalent of about 5000 euros a month, an incentive for the many hardships of work after a four-hour trip he arrives at the farm in arkansas where unloading the ten tons of corn is supposed to be a strenuous task, but that's part of the job too.
In just a few years, the media has earned the trust of many clients who regularly request that you terminate. Yes, I like getting the papers. with the same awareness and hardware is just as good for men or even better yes its better than many men the shipping company hopes they can onboard many more women like lydia so far there are already over 200,000 who followed the road call back to heavy
trucker haul gary has four days left to get the boat to virginia for him cycling embodies the american way of life american food is great not very healthy but delicious for example this burger double with cheese, may I? like everyone else day to be somewhere else and to see what the world has to offer i can start in the mountains today tomorrow be in the kansas prairies and the day after tomorrow on the east coast more gary succeeds with his passion explains a
trucker company with eight trucks that cross the country and generate annual sales equivalent to more than a million euros we have earned it all ourselves this is the american dream you have to work hard and make sacrifices you are often alone you sleep little and i have pain in the joints even if gary could make good money off this load they would all lose the ship he was hauling is a million euros but his company is only insured up to 500,000 euros and in fact another tire blows out he hasn't experienced that or well i'm not in the mood anymore but gary has to react for his own safety he wants to change all the tires luckily he finds one a few miles away that does it help out of a bind you're 17 5 that's two 35 75 just got a new set of pics i think it's better if we swap all four can't afford any more breakdowns after his run of bad luck the mechanics finally have some good news new tires for the trailer the change takes less than an hour and costs the equivalent of 1200 euros they hold the weight anyway with new tires I feel safer now we should be able to continue without a puncture we have already lost too much time so you can't get money, beat the clock, gary only has three days left to cover 3,500 kilometers, the shortage of drivers in the usa has b ranche changes new sounds can be heard the price comes from puncher a state in the north of the india the devout sikh has been a long distance driver for eight years and is living an indian dream in an informal community the process has a long tradition even as a child for him it is I was fascinated by huge machines, they are a symbol of power and success when our teacher asked at school what we want to be when we grow up, most children can be doctors or lawyers, I always answered I would emigrate to the United States and I I would become a
trucker there, everyone didn't laugh about it, but today I am living my dream about 500,000 people live in the United States, many of them are looking for luck in the transportation industry, their stronghold is the small town of Bakersfield a About 170 kilometers north of Los Angeles a large municipality of Sieg settled with its cultural influences that have changed the urban landscape ert also lives there in Bakersfield at only 30 years old has his own truck in good months earns the equivalent of 12,000 euros with him but the work is exhausting sometimes i work 18 hours a day seven days a week a truck is like a big brother to me i treat him well and he won't let me down that's why he is to a large farm north of Bakersfield his task is to bring 5300 pistachio trees to the neighboring state of arizona in twelve hours I am transporting pistachios for the first time they need water, light and air, you don't have that with a closed trailer , so if I don't deliver them on time, the plants shrink, I'm not insured, on the other hand, I have to pay out of my own pocket. a risky but profitable job with two days of work judd can earn the equivalent of 1800 euros for what he has to do in a few hours to travel 1200 km his route takes him from urban california to the dry semi-desert of von arizona the landscape te it's crazy it's beautiful here the
trucker did you cross someone valley a plateau with spectacular rock formations the valley with the impressive mountains often serves as a backdrop for wild west movies I can always see exciting places my job is timeless adventure maybe I can bring to my family one day and show them how beautiful the country is when night falls the driver gets tired at this time of day most accidents happen the rat decides to spend the night in this outlet in the middle of the desert where i go sleep but soon At dawn I drive to deliver the trees on time.
Truckers in the United States are a close-knit community like one big family for their concerns. tions has found a charismatic spokesperson in
trucker and country singer toni justice where is he going today the 51-year-old has been a three-year-old
trucker for three decades working for a trucking company in minnesota he himself produced his five hit albums his song last auf die cowboys was played more than four million times on spotify a song of praise for an industry that in his opinion receives muchlittle recognition with a camera because this time finished 300 million people every one of them needs food for dinner gas for the car and medicine they wouldn't get it if we didn't get behind the wheel every day you wake up somewhere else every mornings, put on your boots and do your job.
I am very proud of this community of men and women on the road among long haul
truckers the singer now enjoys a great reputation at a rest stop in tennessee he meets a fan from the first hour it is good where you are going to sign yes, we could take a picture afterwards. His songs are great, traditional country music that everyone can understand. He sings about what's important to
truckers. Fewer state regulations. More security. We're both too old to change jobs. another one even after 30 years behind the wheel tony justice loves his job despite all the changes because the work of drivers is increasingly regulated g that is why the dangers in road traffic are around 4,000 people die every year in the united states in accidents with trucks according to a regulation, therefore,
truckers can drive a maximum of eleven hours in their 14 hour shifts and then they have to take a break of at least ten hours, toni has felt alienated for a few years, the electronic recording device had to be fitted on the steps it's a little computer that shows you when you can drive and it wasn't there for me to decide myself when I'm rested enough to be a fan also due to the corona pandemic wages have dropped sharply in 2020
truckers in washington protested for greater price transparency and against driving time limit we promote sense common not all demands were met but at least some restrictions should be relaxed a bit that was an instructive experience and has meant that many
truckers are no longer just complaining but getting together to shut down and do something about the regulations since a state government decision united in May 2020, long-distance drivers have been able to regulate their travel and rest times more flexibly for toni a success for toni, but he also knows that the world of
truckers has other disadvantages: time pressure, the responsibility and loneliness often lead to mental problems and depression that's also why there are mobile chapels in converted shipping containers everywhere on American highways tomorrow it's nice to have you there I think it's great that there are chapels like this on the road like a
trucker you don't have a lot of time you often forget to stop and pray but when i cross at rest stops i want to see i take The time to thank God I wanted it for 21 years this pastor takes the
truckers believers confession the Lord is my pastor I will lack nothing I will stay in the house of the Lord always there in recent years the number of
truckers who are pastors has increased a lot to the walls many problems with drugs alcohol and prostitution the most common things
truckers tell us about are divorce and suicidal thoughts we are not trained psychiatrists we can only try to help and give comfort with the help of bible toni he knows from his own experience how hard life is the street far away is home it cannot be a temptation for us but to save us from evil poor the country singer has given himself the task of supporting his colleagues with his music in everyday life getting stronger the best compliment for me is when a colleague says more that he would not have done the last 100 kilometers of his journey without my music that is the greatest reward for me because then i could help someone get to their destination instead of falling asleep at the wheel that's exactly what i do music that gary in the meantime travels further east he has two more days to deliver the million dollar ship b is virginia it is still about 1500 kilometers almost 15 hours of driving if the blown tires cost you a lot of time in this job you have a lot of responsibility if i deliver the freight too late i have to pay a fine if something goes wrong on the way i have to answer for that i have to making sure everything works while gary cuts us off millionaire heavy rain makes the truck slow down it's pouring today exactly at that moment the trailer drops him again on the way to a red light gary realizes the car is already it doesn't brake properly it can only avoid an accident what is happening now i have to check the brakes are not working there is something wrong you pull the lever what is passing stays on the shoulder too dangerous gary has to go to the next rest stop which is 30 kilometers away forced to keep driving with faulty brakes high risk only drive to the next rest stop n No I'll risk my life for this stupid robot, even if it's worth a million.
Gary makes it to the parking lot unaffected by time pressure. He can't wait for the breakdown service and he takes matters into his own hands. just turn it off by hand that's the hydraulic brake system there must be fluid in here but the reservoir is completely empty see that's why i can't brake properly it's night time gary got the brakes fixed but after a 14 hour day he can stop driving today by law you have to rest ten hours first 5:30 a.m. m. the next morning gary hardly slept last night i was woken three times by someone knocking on the curb at my door writes this is the worst rest stop ever prostitutes illegal prostitution rest areas are not weird the moon is clear we continue the last day until the the goal is only 100 kilometers one last test gary still has to pass it looks great from below ground the boat is shaking we are outside the truck arrives in chesapeake on the east coast of the united states i can hardly wait to ditch the boat on the stress is slowly easing the owner of the boat is already waiting in front of a warehouse gary arrives on time to the minute hmm these are the boat keys guess where he can put them just kidding im gary jones welcome gary arrived at his destination on time despite the Lots of obstacles dealt with along the way there were some issues a grip burst underbody protection got damaged and skidded We oiled up the trailer now has brand new tires we did it and even though a lot of things went wrong I am so relieved we are done in Gary has four days to go to the west coast for his next deliveries.
Meanwhile, he goes home to rundu 2000 miles from minnesota back to george the punk
trucker wakes up in the cab of his truck in the middle of the arizona desert but his thoughts are on his homeland and he ends the day with a traditional tea with milk and spices at 19 chad went on a hike with his father in the united states since but two years after his arrival he stopped his father from a heart attack since then the young
trucker has been living alone in the united states without your family let's take it mom hello don't see you are proud of me of course, my son thanks to his work he can work to support his whole family in india, but the distance bothers him, see you soon, I love you, important, too i miss my mom i try not to let her feel how hard it is for me to part sometimes but that doesn't always work if i'm not strong enough for her to cry then i gather up and tell her i'm happy then she calms down the sac The job is worth it to me in India the average salary in this industry is the equivalent of 370 euros per month in the United States you can earn five times more in one day in the middle of a desert area you finally reach your goal here you are going to create a large plantation where do the pistachios go some stay here but most will ship to europe they also export to india india is a huge market and this agribusiness can only come about thanks to the
truckers who have been hauling irrigation systems and plants there for weeks now i work fact In just under ten years, Chart has established itself in the transportation business.
He is very proud of this success. Proudly back in Bakersfield. Are you ready? Because he wasted time for the
truckers parade. living with their jobs in the usa with their trucks they also show off their wealth says scoundrel twin turbo engine and some extras Justine pimp looks good we drop their headlights typical of punjabi drivers it's the extras they pimp their trucks my horn is too loud i don't use it come on let's hear it ok at 31 that's too loud is that even legal no idea about an american tradition the indians especially liked the schatz barbecue and their friends were looking for a better life in the usa this wish has come true this is the american dream work hard and get rich america is now my home when i go to india i am flying there just to visit here i am home they represent a new generation of
trucker drivers like chad they are the face of a changing industry that has to defend itself against the corona pandemic despite all the difficulties that life as a
trucker means for many maximum freedom