Q & A with a Truckie

Blake puts the questions to truck driver Laryn Heath.

Q: What age did you start driving trucks?
A: 25.

Q: How long have you been driving for?
A: 11 years.

Q: What truck do you currently drive?
A: A Kenworth K200.

Q: What do you currently cart?
A: General freight, so pretty much anything and everything except gravel and livestock.

Q: What is the best thing you have carted?
A: I like doing oversized tractors and floats in our local Easter parade.

Q: And what’s the worst load you’ve ever carted?
A: A load of express market onions! They moved and went all through the trailer – I had to restack the bags back onto the pallets by hand.

Q: Do you have any advice for people who want to be truck drivers?
A: Try and stay fit and healthy, and always make sure you get enough sleep!

Q: What type of trailers have you pulled?
A: Tautliners, flat tops and extenables.

Q: What’s the best thing about being a truck driver?
A: Every day is different and you’re always meeting new people.

Q: What kind of training did you have to do to get your licence?
A: I had to do a knowledge computer test and a two-day driving test in a manual truck.

Q: What’s the hardest thing about being a truck driver?
A: Being away from my family.

Q: What’s something most people don’t know about trucks?
A: Almost every item you buy from a shop has been on at least three trucks!

Q: And what’s your favourite truck?
A: The T950 Kenworth!