By Jena Williams

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Would you do it? Have you done it?

When questioned, many truck drivers will admit that they have when it comes to hours of service (HOS.) They know they’re at their limit, but dispatch tells them to keep going if they want to keep their job. What else can they do? What would you do?

Trucking company owners are generally operating on a shoe string. Staying in the black financially requires keeping customers and demanding consumers happy. Being late on a delivery is not an option. Or is it?

This article isn’t to debate HOS rules. That’s being done on the main stage by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and trucking industry stakeholders. This is to get us as a society to think about how we contribute to the problem.

Are we cutting off truck drivers and making their job harder and longer? Do we throw a fit if something we expect to be at the store isn’t there when we need it? Are we willing to give the driver that has already driven for 10 hours a day and maybe worked for 14 a break or will we continue to demand more?

In the comments, I’d like to hear your ideas on how we as a society can make the job of truck drivers easier. Truck drivers, dispatchers and owners – what are your thoughts? Tell us in the comments how we can help.

And for anyone out there who has never considered the value of all those trucks out on the road, here is a fantastic infographic to bring you up to speed: Truckpocalypse!