3 tips from ‘Gunney’ for the prospective driver

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Mike Faram

Mike “Gunney Faram knows a little bit about trucking.

He started driving with his grandfather at the age of 19, and today drives for Western Distributing hauling refrigerated beer between Colorado and Texas.

“We didn’t have driving schools back then,” said Faram.

Active in trucking issues with his Truckers Had Enough organization, Faram has some tips for folks looking to get started in the business:

#1. You have to not mind being away from your family, and have a true passion for trucking.

#2. Don’t settle for anything less than a trainer with at least five years experience driving over-the-road.

#3. Always ask questions. Always. If you don’t ask questions, you’re not going to learn.

Faram is at the Great American Trucking Show at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center through Saturday, Aug. 29. His 2015 Peterbilt 389 is entered in the Overdrive Pride & Polish competition.

His motto, painted on the back of his truck’s cab, gives you a pretty good insight into the man: “Always 110 percent.”