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Diary of A Trucker

Monday 25th August 2014

Steve Manlow

They see us, beast-like vehicles, driving up and down the UK’s roads, delivering, distributing – keeping businesses on the move. We’re part and parcel of any motorway and road scene, but few know who we are and where we are going.

I’m Steve. I’ve been a trucker for 26 years, six of which were spent in Europe. During this time I have also managed fleets, so I really understand the challenges companies face and the importance of keeping vehicles on the road. I joined Rygor Group Services 10 years ago and have been with the company ever since. We understand the importance of what we do for customers, because we are a business too.

This is my week in the life of a trucker.

MONDAY
It’s Monday morning. Early starts have never bothered me, which is a good as I’m on the road by 5.30am. Today’s destination is Weston-Super-Mare to make a delivery to a housing development site. This delivery is for a contract haulage client of ours based in South East London.

TUESDAY
Don’t get me wrong, I like a challenge, but some of the construction sites I deliver to can be more difficult than others when it comes to access. Today at a building site in Bristol they had to backfill excavations for cabling, before I could drive the truck on site to make the delivery. They were a great team, knew their stuff and helped me do my job.

WEDNESDAY
Spent this morning in Sussex picking up a load to take up to Grimsby. The customer doesnt want the delivery until 8am tomorrow. This flexibility is a real benefit to the customer of having a haulage contract.

The trip up north also means I need to have a stop en-route, and for the first time this week it means I’m back home in Cambridgeshire for the night!

THURSDAY
Rise and shine and it’s off to Grimsby to drop off yesterday’s load – boxes for fresh fish. Leaving Lincolnshire, I head further north to East Yorkshire to pick up a freight which needs to go back down to Oxfordshire. I finally leave the site at 3pm and head down to Stratford-on-Avon Oxfordshire to park up for the night.

FRIDAY
Oxfordshire. An old RAF airbase. The old hangers there are used as part of an industrial park now. It’s amazing to get to see some of these locations across the country, places that not many people would get the opportunity to go to. I guess it’s part of the job – you do get a good view from a truck!

Down to Weston-Super-Mare, across to Sussex, up to Yorkshire. I reckon I’ve covered at least 2,500km this week – I have to keep a diary so I know where I am from one day to the next! I know the job, the lifestyle, isn’t for everyone, but I love being on the road, I love my Mercedes-Benz truck and I love working for Rygor Group Services to help our customers keep their businesses in the move.

Steve Manlow is a driver at Rygor Group Services. To discuss your contract haulage options, give Steve Stacy a call on 01373 855555, 0797 751 5073 or alternatively email stevestacy@rygor.co.uk.

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