Letting drivers know OOIDA is there to help

December 2020/January 2021

Land Line Staff

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Fall saw OOIDA’s tour trailer touring the colorful trees of Northeast U.S. and then rolling through the Southeast.

As winter weather began to chill, Jon Osburn, skipper of the Spirit of the American Trucker, rolled over to Arizona, Utah and Nevada to warm up a bit before heading home to Idaho for the holidays.

By year-end, Osburn and his canine co-pilot, Sassi, will have made about 90 stops at truck stops and a few truck shows this year. That is not quite as many stops as in years past, but 2020 has been a year like no other, too. He has handed out hundreds of free face masks along the way, and everyone on the road has learned something this year about driving during an extended emergency.

He has introduced a lot of drivers to OOIDA and caught up with a lot of friends. Drivers who have stopped by to chat have seen some of their complaints and advice used in crafting of OOIDA policy stances.

The reformed hours-of-service rules rolled out this fall are a case in point.

Drivers said they needed more time flexibility to deal with unforeseen circumstances, and OOIDA beat the drum to get the attention of federal regulators.

Osburn also has been able to direct drivers with particular problems to the department at OOIDA headquarters best suited to help, and reminded them to call the Association if they have a thorny issue. Make sure you have the number handy, in your phone or wallet: 816-229-5791.

If plans pan out as expected, Osburn, Sassi and The Spirit will be headed to California in January. LL

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