Truck drivers make a living the tough way. They are often away from home for weeks at a time, give or take a few hours here and there, and don’t get the appreciation they deserve for making deliveries on time, and safely. I mean, how many times have you been late to something because of traffic? They almost always find a way to get the job done, and the pay doesn’t reflect all the work that goes into it. On average, truckers drive between 400 and 800 miles per day and get compensated about $0.28 to $0.40 per mile driven. I get antsy after being in the car for a few hours, so I can’t imagine a trucking career being on the road for 11 hours per day and only making $32,000 per year, which is the median salary in the United States. Sure, some veteran truckers can earn in the upper five figures, but they’re rarely home to enjoy that income, and how much fast food and truck stop dinners can you eat (and actually enjoy)? It is a totally thankless job by most people who just want their Amazon Prime delivery, and soccer moms who are scared of them on the road. While truckers are statistically some of the safest drivers on the road (with a large portion of accidents caused by other drivers) even they need a hand every now and then. As you’ll see in the video below, this semi is stuck in the ditch in the median when a friendly driver in a GMC Sierra offers to give him a pull. The results are quite impressive.
The Semi Truck
The typical semi truck has a beast of an engine. Ranging from 11 to 16 liters, these powerhouses crank out between 400 and 700 horsepower and an insane 1,200-2,000 pounds of torque… and they need to with loads of up to 80,000 pounds in the US, and even more around the world. Towing one of these fully loaded rigs is not a job for the faint of heart, and certainly not for your average pickup truck, but I’ve never been one to underestimate the power of American muscle.
The GMC Sierra 1500 A/T
In the pickup truck world, most people think of the two big boys, Chevrolet and Ford. But the GMC Sierra 1500 A/T might get people to start thinking more about the GM options. While opting for the 6.2 liter V8 engine, the Sierra pumps out 420 horsepower and matches that number with the torque. While it is rated to tow 12,000 pounds, which is no slouch for a light duty pickup truck, it is capable of pulling significantly more for short distances and good conditions.
When this trucker found himself in a bind… literally… he was stuck in a small ditch, and nearly jack-knifed a kind soul in a GMC Sierra 1500 offered to give him a pull. Truck drivers in general seem to step up to help more than any other drivers (granted, they are more well equipped). It isn’t often, though, that you see somebody in a new pickup try to pull a semi, which by most logic, it shouldn’t be physically capable of pulling. That’s exactly what this guy did, however, and the results are definitely enough to raise an eyebrow. Like a boss.