Hi I’m Simon, I run Muddy-Badger.com
I’m 52 years old and I have always wanted to drive Big Trucks from as far back as i can remember, I’ve had a very varied life and done different jobs from window cleaner to working in printing, I’ve worked in the heating industry, I’ve also been a 3rd generation Chimney Sweep.
But driving has been my absolute passion and I’ve had the honour of driving almost all types of vehicles on the road from cars, vans, taxis, double decker buses & coaches, also lorries from 7.5 tons all the way upto 45 ton articulated lorries as you see in the picture opersite. The Mercedes-Benz Actros was my favourite truck to drive.
One of my biggest dreams was to drive ‘big red loddies’ from a time i couldn’t say ‘Big Red Lorries’ so I have achieved one of my biggest lifetime achievements, an as I’d only been driving artics for two years I’ve worked for some of the biggest hauliers in the united kingdom like… Eddie Stobarts, DHL, Wyvern Cargo, MTS, Canute, DPD, XPO Logistics… and Royal Mail… so yes i got to drive the ‘Big Red Lorry’ after all.
I could be devastated that I’ve only driven artics for two years but I’m of the thinking I’ve achieved so much in that two years period.
As you can see on the back of my licence I have all the entitlements… If you see D and DE i have those as well but just needed to retake a medical but now as I have a spinal injury all thats gone.
I had an accident about 2 years ago, I used to drive big articulated lorries for a living and I loved every single minute of it, but August 2019 changed my life so Totally and completely an I’m left with an Acute Spinal Cord Injury,
I have 2 vertibrae compressing my spinal cord in the back of my neck, hence the reason for the dramatic career change,
I can now no longer drive… anything, which is devastating to me.
You have to adapt to your individual circumstances, so I opted to retrain myself in a field I like rather than dwelling on the injury,
I am now registered disabled an I’m on benefits for now, but I’d rather control my own destiny than fall into a pit of depression over something I have no control over.
I’m telling you this as I still have a fantastic future doing something else for myself but as I said you have to adapt or fall…
So I now design and build websites