Catching Up with Freightliner Trucks’ “Slice of Life” Drivers

Three months in, participants send updates from the road and share experiences, opinions on and Midnight Trucking Radio

PORTLAND, ORE. – Dec. 19, 2008 – After being on the road for more than three months, it’s safe to say that the Freightliner Trucks’ “Slice of Life” drivers have already put their Detroit Diesel DD15™ equipped 2009 Cascadia™ trucks to the test.

The year-long Slice of Life program enables its participants – Henry Albert, Kurt Grote and Dick McCorkle – to experience firsthand the Cascadia’s enhanced aerodynamics and fuel efficiency, roomy cab and quiet ride.

In addition to appearing on the Midnight Trucking Radio Network, where Albert answered listener questions about their journeys and were featured in a podcast, the drivers are blogging about their impressions. The blogs, additional podcasts of the drivers and upcoming appearances are available on

“I haven’t written this much since school, but it’s been a great exercise every couple of days,” said Albert. “Blogging is an entirely new experience for me and I’ve really enjoyed it.”

McCorkle noted that one of his favorite things about the Slice of Life program is talking to people on the road and at truck stops, and answering their questions.

“I am just tickled to death with this truck and this experience,” said McCorkle. “I invite everyone to take a walk around it and see for themselves the aerodynamic features on the outside, and the comfortable appointments on the inside. Plus, my fuel mileage has been outstanding.”

Despite all the new opportunities and experiences, the participants are still focused on one thing: their jobs. And, each of the drivers noted that the powerful and fuel efficient DD15 engine has been one of the biggest advantages to their jobs so far.

“The engine is so quiet, you don’t realize how powerful it is,” said Albert. “One of my routes is through the twists and turns of hilly West Virginia, and the engine pulls great.”

Added Grote: “Because it’s new, I was a little apprehensive about the DD15 when starting the program, but its power and fuel efficiency have really impressed me. You only realize how hard it is working when you pass other trucks on the hills.”

According to all three drivers, another key benefit is the Cascadia’s comfortable and roomy cab. Albert noted he appreciates the extra storage space, and McCorkle added that he likes the over-sized bunk, large windows and cab doors.

“It seems like I am in my own office when I’m in the Cascadia – the seats swivel so I can easily turn around and do my paperwork, and there’s more than enough room for me and my dog,” said Grote. “It makes my days on the road more efficient.”

“Between the engine and the quiet cab, I am truly amazed at how pleasant it is to drive and sleep in the Cascadia,” said Albert.

Added McCorkle: “Based on my overall experience, the Cascadia is more than I ever expected in a truck. This has been a great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to continuing to share my impressions and travels with other drivers.”

Those interested in meeting the drivers and seeing their trucks will have the chance at various events, including the 2009 Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky., March 19-21, 2009 at the Freightliner Trucks booth.

For more information about the program, updates from the participants, to directly correspond with the drivers, and a complete event schedule, go to

Freightliner Trucks is a division of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, headquartered in Portland, Ore., and is the leading heavy-duty truck manufacturer in North America. Daimler Trucks North America produces and markets Class 3-8 vehicles and is a Daimler company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.

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