Each week, EastIdahoNews.com introduces you to Hometown Helpers in our community. We want to shine a light on a firefighter, policeman, municipal worker, snowplow driver and others who keep our cities and counties running smoothly.
IDAHO FALLS – This week we feature Chris Berry, a truck driver with Western Transport Inc. in Idaho Falls. He has worked for the company for seven and a half years and said he couldn’t imagine doing anything else.
It transports potato products from Idaho to other states. Truckers like Berry help sustain the economy by hauling food, gas, clothing and other essential daily supplies.
“I think the most fun thing I enjoy doing is being able to meet a lot of different people,” Berry said.
His work has provided him with unique opportunities over the years.
“The farthest northeast I’ve been to is New York. It was actually very interesting because it’s the furthest I’ve ever been and the road I took took me right by the Statue of Liberty and I never saw it before, so it was kind of “Wow!” Barry said.
He saw places where he could never go thanks to his work.
“Just seeing what’s going on there, seeing the adventures. It’s always fun to travel around St. Louis and see the arch in St. Louis, Kansas City. We pass right by Chiefs Stadium,” he said.
Berry can be on the road 10-11 days at a time. Sometimes it’s not easy — working hours can vary.
“We can arrive at 2 a.m. with a preloaded trailer and leave straight away. Sometimes we can come in the morning at 8 a.m. and go out and get a trailer from the yard, get our information from the dispatch on what we’re doing, to where we’re going to pick up the distribution centers” , he explained. .
He can drive for hours, which is why he has everything he needs inside his truck when it’s time to stop and take a break. It has a bed, microwave, fridge and TV.
“Really driving a truck with a tractor-trailer is a home away from home,” he says.
Berry has a family. He has a wife and three children. Luckily, technology has come a long way for him to be involved in their lives when he’s on the go for work.
“The technology that we have now with Skype, FaceTime and all that stuff, I’m actually able to do my homework with my kids,” Berry said.
He said he would be clear in a place like Tennessee and be able to do homework with his kids after his day at work.
Berry said there are a lot of things happening while driving that many may not have thought of and he has a safety tip for drivers.
“Truckers have a lot of difficulty on the road. With truck driving, we are in the truck all the time and they are 80,000 pound vehicles when fully loaded. We are not able to stop suddenly. When you see a big rig, just be a little careful around us. Don’t cut in front of us,” he said.
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