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Meet workers who have to drive in blizzard-like conditions

11:42 PM, Jan 24, 2014   |    comments
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- When the weather gets bad, it is a good idea to get off the roads, but what if it is your job to drive?

Rafael is a truck driver from Arizona and he says Friday night's conditions were unlike anything he's seen. "I have driven in weather but not like this." Jen is a pizza delivery driver in Grand Rapids. "The roads are terrible they are icy people don't like to shovel." They both have to drive in these difficult conditions.

"You have to be extra careful because the truck slides, cars slides in front of you, you never know if a car is going to hit you or you are going to hit them," said Rafael. He has decided to wait until the weather gets better. "I am not going anywhere-- my life and everybody else's life is more than a simple load."

He will sleep in his truck till the weather clears up. "This is where I sleep, this is my TV, this is my clothes this is my food cabinet," he said, showing his truck cab. 

Jen is still going out to make deliveries. When it snows, business picks up, but that doesn't always mean the money gets better. On one trip Friday night she got just a ten cent tip. "You got to take the good with the bad; you get good tips you get bad tips and it all kind of evens out at the end of the night."

They drive because they have to. "You miss your family a lot, but the way the economy is, you have to work," said Rafael.

So the next time or order a pizza or see a semi driver... "Be courteous to us and be courteous to the other drivers, your life is in our hands and our life is in your hands... it works both ways," said Jen.

And if you do decide on ordering a pizza, don't make the driver trudge through an unshoveled walkway.

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