Due to the sheer size of their vehicles, truck drivers arguably have a special responsibility to keep fellow motorists safe. Trucker Daisy Delaney certainly seems to feel this way anyhow. You see, in February 2018 she took to Facebook to send out a warning to everyone on the road. And given the dangers posed by her potentially lethal cargo, Delaney’s important message soon went viral.
Based in Sheridan, Wyoming, Delaney is a trucker with a difference. How? Well, back in the summer of 2016 she shot to fame on social media thanks to her Facebook Live posts. The long-haul driver would attach an iPhone to the dashboard and provide users with intriguing snapshots of her life on the road.
Such was the positive impact of Delaney’s posts, in fact, that her rise to online fame was picked up by Canada’s CTV in August 2016. “As far as just interaction on a regular basis, we’ve all pretty much gone to our cellphones,” she told the network. “And so the videos have really helped out a lot, because it gives a little bit more of a personal touch than just a text message or phone call.”
“I travel around America for free, which is really a lot of fun for me,” Delaney continued. “And so I started filming just to show people what I get to see every single day out here in my job, which I don’t consider a job at all.” Following on from that, the trucker spoke about the online response to her videos.
“I have a lot of people who follow me, and I get a lot of private messages that are just, ‘Thank you for being so upbeat,’ ‘Thank you for taking us along the ride with you,’” Delaney explained. And likely as a result of her videos, the trucker already had thousands of followers on Facebook.
On February 4, 2018, though, Delaney decided to bring a more serious message to her sizable following. And while truck drivers are often responsible for hauling potentially lethal cargoes across the highways of America, Delaney’s mind was on one particular kind of load that’s more dangerous than most. To that end, then, the Wyoming native wrote up a warning about the hazards posed by metal coils.
Delaney’s post also included a shocking image of a wrecked truck, showing the damage that this cargo can cause when something goes wrong. “This is a coil,” the trucker wrote on Facebook. “It’s considered one of a truck driver’s most lethally dangerous loads.”
“Most [of] the time, you won’t see them out like this, [because] companies want us to cover them with tarps,” Delaney continued. “So, if you see us rolling with a big, covered lump in the middle of our trailers or what looks like hay bales all in a row… give us some room. We can’t turn sharp corners [because] they can tip us over, and we certainly can’t slam on our brakes.”
From there, Delaney gave some interesting insights into a truck driver’s mindset when hauling such dangerous loads. “We leave a big pocket of space in front, [between] our front end and your loved ones, [because] a lot of coils weigh 45,000+ pounds, and we need a lot to stop,” she added. “These are only held down by chains… and enough stopping inertia can snap those chains.”
The Wyoming native then turned her attention to her fellow motorists, suggesting that they also need to take some responsibility for their own safety. “Many times, folks don’t know the risk of these loads,” Delaney wrote. “A situation that could make us slam on our brakes takes a different thought process than other loads.”
“We’re forced to either commit suicide or take out whatever is in front of us that just forced us to slam on our brakes… that would be you,” Delaney continued. “It’s not a comfortable ultimatum, and one we ask you not to ask us to choose. Feel free to share this, and let’s educate our highways.”
And much like Delaney’s Facebook Live videos, this post certainly seemed to resonate with the online community. Indeed, her honesty made waves and gained serious attention across the web. Within a few days, then, the driver’s words of warning had gone viral.
Unfortunately, just 11 months earlier in March 2017, an incident had occurred in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, where a truck driver carrying a 50,000-pound metal coil had collided head-on with another vehicle. And while the trucker had swerved his rig in an attempt to avoid a crash, his efforts weren’t successful; tragically, the resulting collision caused the deaths of all three people in the oncoming car.
Indiana was also the scene of another metal coil-related accident in January 2010. Three people were killed just outside Orleans when a 42,000-pound coil rolled off the back of a turning truck and hit two vehicles.
Meanwhile, Delaney’s post has since earned more than 14,000 shares on Facebook as well as over 2,800 likes from online readers. The overall reaction in the comments section has also been mostly positive, with many people supporting the trucker’s sentiments on the matter of driving with metal coils.
“Dear Daisy Delaney, thank you very much for sending out this IMPORTANT message,” wrote a user called Michael John. “I have shared it to all my Facebook friends. I want you and all of them to live!” Elsewhere, Henry Westra made a suggestion about how to potentially limit the dangers posed by transporting metal coils.
“The trailers should be custom built for hauling coils,” Westra wrote. “Don’t try to rig something up on a flatbed trailer. Build a trailer with a pocket of some sort in the middle to keep the driver and other people safe. Engineer the problem away.”
Another reader, Dennis Gauck, subsequently reiterated those sentiments. “Why not have custom-made trailers specifically for hauling coils?” he asked. However, he went a step further with his suggestion. “Make coil hauling a specialty occupation by drivers qualified to handle and rig the coils to the hauler,” Gauck added.
But while the metal coil debate rumbles on between motorists across the country, Delaney continues to engage with her followers on Facebook. And luckily for her viewers, the trucker hasn’t stopped posting live videos and images from her travels on a regular basis. As a result, then, she is still giving social media users a unique insight into her unusual lifestyle.
So, at the beginning of 2018, Daisy Delaney took to social media to spread an important message. Using her large Facebook following to her advantage, the trucker sent out a serious warning to all motorists about the dangers of hauling metal coils. And in the process, she hopefully opened the eyes of many drivers across America.