Posted March 01, 2019 10:03:51 It’s a sight many of us will never forget, as a truck is seen rolling up the road in a convoy of trucks and other vehicles, the truckers’ cabrioles or even the front of the truck.
But when it comes to a truck parked in a driveway or in a garage, the driver may not even be aware of the presence of such an expensive and potentially dangerous piece of equipment.
“There’s a lot of people who think that’s just a regular old tractor,” truck driver Paul Prentice said.
“But you’re not going to find that in a backyard, so there’s a good chance that this is an off-the shelf product.”
He said that in the past, trucks were hidden away in his driveway, and in some cases, he would not even know they were there.
“It’s kind of annoying because it takes some time to find a spot for it, but I guess it’s a price worth paying to be able to drive around and drive around in my yard,” he said.
Mr Prentice has had his truck for over 20 years and has seen it in the field a number of times.
“You’ve got to know where to look, where to park it, because you’ll never be able as a driver to get the truck out of the driveway,” he explained.
“So if you see it there and don’t park it right away, you’ll have to find another spot for yourself.”
He added that the truck could also be sitting in the garage or driveway when not being used.
“If I park it there, I don’t want it there when I’m not using it, so if I park the truck there it could be there for a long time,” he told ABC Radio Hobart.
“My truck’s got a lot more rust than a lot the other trucks I’ve had, so you’d better be sure you have a good rust-proofing system.”
He told the ABC that the problem was one he could easily spot, but he also found it frustrating that it was so easy to get rid of.
“Sometimes it’s not the fault of the driver, it’s the fault that they don’t understand where it’s sitting,” he noted.
“They’ll park it up and go to bed and then it’ll sit there and be sitting there for the next 20 years.”
That’s the kind of truck that can get away with it, you can park it anywhere, and then when it’s used, it could end up on the curb.”‘
I don’t like it’While there have been a few instances of drivers in the community calling for the truck to be towed, Mr Prentice found it hard to believe the truck was there.
He said he had driven the truck over a number for years, but never had any problems with it.”
I’ve seen it on my property, I’ve driven it over a couple of houses, and it doesn’t bother me one bit,” he remarked.”
When I see it parked in my driveway, I park that truck there and that’s the way I look at it.
“Mr Prentices truck has a number that identifies it as an off the shelf truck, which makes it a safe and attractive target for theft.”
Any time you’re driving around in a vehicle that you know is on the road, it just makes it easier to steal,” he advised.”
To be honest, I’d say that’s probably a good thing.
“Maybe it’s because of the low cost, or maybe the people driving the trucks don’t think it’s worth a lot.”
Because of that, the drivers have stopped and have just been really nice to it.
“He explained that he had never had an issue with the truck driving in the area before, and that it wasn’t a big issue when he had parked it.
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