Taylor trucks overcome life’s challenges

Tractors, concrete mixers, snowmobiles, straight trucks, lorries – you can name it, Grant Taylor drove them. The only thing he could never drive was a table.

The veteran trucker is comfortable around others but prefers a lower profile. “I felt like a lone wolf, living alone, doing my own thing,” he said.

Grant Taylor at the Wellington Motor Freight facility in Guelph, Ont. (Photo: Leo Barros)

Taylor, 63, started her driving career at the age of 15. He worked at a dairy store in Toronto with his grandfather. One day, his grandfather threw him the keys to a spare truck and told him to learn to drive it. “It’s a 24-foot parallel ax, five-speed, cooler unit. I spent two days in the yard learning how to maneuver it.”

He got a job driving a truck in the yard. “I am a boy with a big toy. I did that for a few years. That’s why I got hooked on truck driving. “

Taylor saved money, at 19 bought a straight truck and became an executive owner. Then he sold the car and worked for a courier company for several years.

He switched to driving a concrete mixer, a job he did for 20 years. “There are ‘concrete’ results that persist to this day of some of the work I did,” said the married father of three. class that ‘my dad made that.’ It always makes me feel good.”

“There have been many times where you go before sunrise and you come home long after sunset.”

Grant Taylor, driver

The job pays well, but the hours are long. “There have been times when you have to leave before sunrise and you come home long after sunset,” he said. His wife was at home taking care of the children. He drives a snow truck in the winter when the concrete business is slowing down.

Personal problems crept in. Alcoholism contributed to his marriage’s collapse. He suffered a work-related accident in which he said his head was messed up and damaged his right knee. The joints have been replaced. Twice.

Pain and anxiety about accidents exacerbate existing personal problems. He had to give up driving a concrete mixer.

“I hit the bottom, bounced off a few times and never looked back after that. Now, 14 years later, I have regained all that was lost,” Taylor said.

Taylor’s son has since passed away. “He was very special to me,” he said. He is very proud of his daughters. A person who ‘drives about anything’ transports patients. The other went to university and is a Dharma protector.

Helping others

Taylor is passionate about helping others. At age 50, he graduated with a diploma in addiction studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont.

“When I retire, I will set up an office in the back of the house and I don’t care if people pay me in chickens or not. I want to advise them, to show them there is a better way, if they are ready for it.”

After recovering from his second knee surgery, he worked a few jobs. About six years ago, he started a trucking business. For the past three years, he has driven for Wellington Motor Freight in Guelph, Ont.

He says new drivers must stay alert and always pay attention to their maneuvers. “It’s someone sitting in a car with bony head actions and you have to be prepared to deal with that.”

It’s also important that you get professional, quality driving lessons. “You get what you pay for,” Taylor said.

When his driving career went downhill, he said it wasn’t all about the dollar. “That’s important, but your safety must come first. If you commit suicide working for a company that makes more than an hour, you won’t make any more money. “ Taylor trucks overcome life’s challenges


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