Have you ever wondered what it’s really like to roam the open road? Thanks to Tex from YouTubeTrucking.com, you can see for yourself. Tex has been in the in the trucking industry since 1992 and driving since 1995. As much as he might say otherwise, he really enjoys truck driving. And after picking up a digital camera in 2006, he is now sharing his, and other truck drivers', experiences with the rest of the world.
The videos have been created using digital cameras, camcorders, and even cell phones. Don’t get all worried that there are hundreds of truck drivers out there shooting videos while driving…Tex believes in safety first and stresses that whenever he talks about making his videos. He uses a tripod to mount his camera so that he doesn’t have to fiddle with any controls while driving. He just sets it and forgets it so that we can see what life is all about on the open road.
These are not the shaky amateur movies you might think they would be. Some of them are extremely well made and beautiful to watch. Often they are edited with music and voice-overs that one might expect to find in a professionally produced documentary. Check out ‘The Life of a Trucker – Episode 9’ by deathfromatruck to see for yourself. It is hauntingly breathtaking to see the solitude of a truck driver in a truck stop at 5:30am.
Tex has gone to great lengths to find over a hundred videos shot by truck drivers and he is always adding new ones to his website. He also features the best of the best on his ‘Video of the Week’ link, which is where I found ‘The Life of a Trucker – Episode 9’.
His website isn’t just for entertainment purposes. In addition to the videos being informative, truck drivers have been able to connect through his site, making friends and networking with other drivers they might never had met had it not been for Tex and YouTubeTrucking.com.
Not only are these videos fun to watch, but many of them offer solid advice about driving a truck in certain parts of the country. ifonlypeopleknew has a YouTube channel & has made a very informative video about driving in LA, something that all new truck drivers in California should watch before heading out into the mean streets of Los Angeles.
Another truck driving YouTube channel with interesting & helpful truck driving information is cdltraining…that’s ours! Driver Solutions has created several great videos dealing with frequently asked questions about the trucking industry, as well as videos from a former truck driving school student & CDL instructors. Are there any other truck driving video websites or YouTube channels that you think are interesting or entertaining? If so, leave a comment below & let me know!
So if you've ever wondered what it’s like to live carefree out on the open road, stop in and take a gander at a few of Tex’s videos or the YouTube channels to see for yourself. You might come away with a greater appreciation for those guys and gals out there who live life on the road.