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Smart Truck BBQ at GATS 2014

Smart Truck BBQ at GATS 2014

At GATS in Dallas this year, drivers who had parked in the parking lot came out to find a pleasant surprise.  The folks from Smart Truck Systems decided to hold a BBQ for drivers of the second year in a row. They came up with the idea as a way to thank drivers for what they did.

Some of the good food that was provided.

Some of the good food that was provided.

Drivers were treated to a BBQ feast which was delicious.  The BBQ Brisket was fantastic, however the crowd pleaser and spotlight stealer has to be the smoked turkey breast.  It ran out well before the brisket.

Entertainment was provided by the country band Empty Pockets.  Brad James (interview coming in the near future) was invited on stage to sing a song and it was well received by the crowd.  In a later conversation Brad told me that this was his first time singing with a live band. He did a fantastic job.

Empty Pockets performing at GATS

Empty Pockets performing at GATS

It was an unexpected treat to come out and find this prepared for drivers.  Since this is Driver Appreciation week I would like to publicly express my thanks to the wonderful people at Smart Truck.  Drivers often feel overlooked. To have a vendor recognizing drivers in such a meaningful way was truly appreciated.  It did not matter if you used their products, were a company driver, or owner operator.  Their concern was to make sure you were well fed, entertained, and knew you were appreciated.

Some of the team from Smart Truck

Some of the team from Smart Truck

Anytime someone goes out of their way to show drivers appreication i beleive it deserves credit. Whether it is a stranger buying a driver a cup of coffee, another driver giving a fellow driver a shower credit.  Or one of the several other events that was done to thank drivers at GATS, I feel the deserve credit.  it is nice being shown how you are appreciated.

My personal thanks to you for the great dinner, and all you did.

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I have been driving in the trucking industry for 9 years working for a major over the road refrigerated carrier. In "previous lives," I have worked as a police dispatcher while in college for Geology and Sociology, spent time in restaurant kitchens, and spent 9 years in retail electronics. Of all my jobs, I enjoy probably enjoy driving the most, with cooking not far behind. During my time as a driver my weight went up and my health went down. In the last few years I have made the decision to start taking back my health. RoadTestedLiving.com chronicles my story, as well as that of other drivers. It will share tips and tricks that, if they work for professional drivers with limited time, space, and equipment, they should be able to work for anyone. It also allows me to share my passion for the trucking industry, and good food with others. Simply put, Road Tested Living is all about Learning to Live Well from Life's Lessons on the Road.

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