Do your children realize that everything we use in America is hauled at some point in an 18 wheeler? Think about it — those paper towels traveled from Green Bay, Wisconsin to the store in New Orleans. The fruits and vegetables in your local store came from a warehouse in Bakersfield, California. That WMTA public transit car in Washington, DC came from Clackamas, Oregon. All on 18 wheelers.
This public transit car was hauled from Oregon to Washington, DC
Did you ever wonder how many 18 wheelers are required to do all this moving? Maybe you wondered how many you met and passed on your last driving trip on the interstate highway system? Did you children get bored on that trip, wishing there was something to see and do while traveling? Did they run out of the “ABC” game? Maybe they got bored when they couldn’t find the license from Kansas? Why not let them search for 18 wheelers and keep track of points as they find them? It has to be better for them then to sit there and watch the VCR or play those silly games on their smart phone.
Churchill Transportation has about 130 tractors.
Retired civil engineer turned author, Russell King, created “Have You Seen My Daddy’s 18 Wheeler?”, a picture book of 18 wheelers, to answer some of these questions. He photographed more than 500 trucking firms and arranged 192 tractors that represent more than 124,500 tractors, in a children’s story telling what driving a truck is like for Daddy. The children, and bored adult passengers, then search for, spot, and keep track of the points for each one they find.
But first, some basic information about 18 wheelers. The front is the tractor, which has 10 wheels, a sleeper cab, a huge engine with up to 18 gears for a transmission, and pulls the trailer. Behind the tractor is the trailer which has 8 wheels and holds enough material to stock a small store. The tractor and trailer stretch about 75 feet and cost over $240,000.
“Have You Seen My Daddy’s 18 Wheeler?” presents a fun and exciting activity for the entire family and mile after mile of opportunities to look out the windows and search for, spot, and keep track of 18 wheelers. Truck stops and rest areas provide many more opportunities to continue searching. There is a story about what daddy does, arithmetic is required to keep track of points, a map can be studied to keep track of their location, and information is available to discover just how much stuff is hauled every day.
Russell’s remarkable idea grew from his experiences as a civil engineering inspector on interstate highway and bridge construction. He was standing on the highway, sometimes within inches, as these 18 wheel behemoths left a rush of air in their wake as they rush from point to point. And then, as he and his family drove those same interstates, he wondered how many they met on the trip from Chicago to Hilton Head Island. He graduated from Iowa State University with a BS in Aerospace Engineering and retired as a civil engineer 45 years later. You’ve often heard the expression — but he can honestly say “Yes, as a matter of fact, Aerospace Engineering really is Rocket Science”. But then he spent his career improving the American infrastructure as a registered Professional Engineer in Illinois and South Carolina. Water and sewer extensions, subdivisions, roads, parking lots, storm water management, and shopping centers were constructed based on his designs, all typical projects for civil engineers.
The books are available on Amazon.com – just type in “Have You Seen My Daddy’s 18 Wheeler?” or “Have You Seen My 18 Wheeler?” If you choose, you may contact the author at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will send either on of them at a customer friendly, discounted price of $10 each, plus shipping.