Video: Mack shares Canadian truckers' stories in latest episode of RoadLife
B.C., Alberta drivers agree long-haul work means personal sacrifices and hard work, B.C. and Alberta drivers
Mack Trucks has released the sixth episode of its RoadLife series, "Long Way From Home," on roadlife.tv and Amazon Prime Video. The episode focuses on two Canadian long-haul truckers as they share the personal sacrifices they make to ensure goods are delivered on time.
A transplant from Newfoundland, Bill Flynn has spent the past 14 years working in Edmonton, Alberta. As a driver for Edmonton-based bulk transport company FL Carriers, Flynn hauls raw materials for the concrete industry in a truck that tips the scales at up to 63,500 kilograms when fully loaded. He knows what it takes to keep his customers running.
"When you look at a truck driver, it's a lot of sacrifice. It's long hours," Flynn said. "Your social life is not what a normal person's social life is. I don't think people realize how much you have to do to make it all work."
Dwayne Hamann, from Dawson Creek, British Columbia, is a driver for Peace Country Petroleum, which serves portions of British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon. To deliver critical shipments of diesel and gasoline fuel for customers, he travels up to 1,000 kilometers per day.
"Everything that comes to your town comes on trucks," Hamann said. "Guys are working 24/7 just to make sure the shelves are full and your gas tank is full."
But to keep customers happy, long hours on the road and significant time away from home are required.
"Not being home, that's the biggest challenge for me," Hamann said. He carries a simple reminder with him at all times: the names of his daughters tattooed on his forearms.
"You look at those some days and you remember what you're doing it for," he said.
Flynn embraces the unique experience truck driving provides and said he wouldn't trade it for anything.
"How many people do you know who have worked a job all their life, and they get up every morning with a lump in their stomach because they don't like their job and they really don't want to go to work?" Flynn said. "That's stressful. I've never felt that way. I never once wished that I was doing something else."