A week in the life of…a Massey Wilcox Driver – Part 3
Getting back in my truck on a Monday morning, I know that it is ready to go, as one of the greatest benefits of purchasing our Mercedes-Benz trucks from Rygor is the fact that they have an After Sales branch located on the site of our headquarters. At the end of week, should we need the truck to be looked at, Rygor’s zero tolerance to downtime policy means that vehicle off road time is minimal and our vehicles can be maintained at the weekend, keeping the business moving forward.
Yesterday morning I left Massey Wilcox HQ, in Chilcompton at 4.30am. From there I drove to Maidstone to do a drop off, before heading to the port, ready to travel to Calais.
The week ahead holds a trip to Wales and a stop at the Avonmouth depot too – I certainly put a few miles on the clock! It is why I keep a diary. I have diaries going back 20 years, they help jog my memory of where I have been, as I have covered a large amount of the UK in those years! A diary reminds me where I have been and where I need to go. You see so much being out and about on the roads all the time that it’s good to be able to note it all down at the end of a day.
I left school when I was 15, I trained as a wheel wright as I liked working with timber. After my apprenticeship, I joined a company based in Glastonbury and worked my way up to driving one of their trucks. With this experience under my belt, I was able to move into other driver roles, before moving to Massey Wilcox, where I have happily been for the past 25 years.
I really enjoy my job. I am 72 now and I love being able to be out and about, I am not one to stay indoors! Saying that though, I could probably live in the Actros for a fortnight! I am lucky to drive such a comfortable truck every day, it’s a bit like a second home!