Season 03 Episode 08: The boys query the symbolism of the size of the truck. “The bigger the truck, the smaller the…” muses Sara. “Supersize me! Raptor, Ram,” Trajce rolls the names across his tongue with a guttural snarl. A truck and its accessories are one’s identity, a sign of masculinity, and status for some owners. “The history of the Ute (a utility vehicle) is a symbol of Australia,” reminisces Trajce, “the Ute and the cattle dog. “Trajce and Alan reflect on the loss of loads from a truck bed, “That sphincter just closes as the realisation hits you that things are going wrong, waaayy wrong,” imagines Sara (met by the giggles of the boys). Sara shares stories about the award-winning re-design of a heavy vehicle, a heat-in-transit bitumen trailer. The issues of fatigue when driving are debated, with consideration of the emerging shift from FIFO (fly-in-fly-out) to LILO (log-in-log-out).
For more on fatigue, driving, and road range, listen to S01 E08: Tired workers are deadly weapons, or no sleep disorders and work travel, S02 E07: 4 Men and Women 2: Nighstalker Fright Night .
Thank you to our subscriber, Michele Safely, who asked about driving and fatigue.