I love driving in Euro Truck Simulator and I drive a DAF most of the time. But, when I go out to photo trucks in the real world, I don’t choose to shoot only DAF vehicles. That said, many of my recent shots just happen to be of DAF trucks – purely a chance occurrence. But it does give an opportunity to look at some of the range in real world use.

Here’s a DAF XF operating for Fowler Welch with a reefer running into Bognor Regis…

KY21 GFV, B2166 at Runcton

…presumably delivering foodstuffs to a local supermarket. Note that it is a 6×2 arrangement (the extra axle on the tractor unit) – allowing maximum 44t loads to be carried in the UK. Apologies for the smudges on the windscreen of our coach – taken on the way home from a football match 😉

That is a type of work that Martin Transport et Logistique does. Here’s another job that Azyet has done – delivering flowers. This nicely turned-out Van der Burg DAF XF 4×2 specialises in floral deliveries, so it’s never going to breach the weight limit that would require the extra axle…

Van der Burg 06-BFX-5 on Church Lane, Finchley

…It’s a lovely looking truck and I get to see it most Wednesday’s delivering to florists in my hometown.

Here’s something a bit smaller – a DAF LF. Much more a ‘local distribution’ truck than the articulated beasts that we drive in Euro Truck Simulator. This one is operating on behalf of German logistics company Dachser…

Dachser LT22 EKN, A406 Henlys Corner

…Brand new and advertising a partnership with Thames Group, I guess Dachser are expanding!

Here’s another job that Azyet does – delivering Airfreight…

H E T Express Transport GD19 UHZ, A406 Henlys Corner

…This H.E.T. DAF is a 4×2 because, once again, airfreight is light, so the extra axle won’t be needed to meet UK axle weight laws.

Finally, here’s a very specialised DAF, another LF…

E M Rogers KX18 LWA, A406 Henlys Corner

…Temperature control and custom-built body, this truck is probably carrying a very high value car (Ferrari, Lamborghini, etc…) That’s a job for a specialist and way beyond Azyet’s pay-grade 😉

I hope that was an interesting set of DAF vehicles – all the articulated vehicles are examples of the more recent XF (106). The previous DAF XF 105 series trucks like Azyet are still earning a crust – here’s a Waberer’s example in Willesden…

Waberer's LZR-016 at Willesden Junction

…I have yet to catch one of the XF next generation trucks on the highway – I’ll let you know when I do 😉

On Thursday evening, the map of the state of Montana was released for American Truck Simulator…

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It comes with some great scenery, the introduction of waste recycling to the loads and industries in the game…

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… and our first large coal mine near Roundup, north of Billings…

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As usual, a new map release brings several new achievements to earn and a Community Event to take part in. I’ve been doing my bit for most of today and I’ll be continuing tomorrow. It’s going to be a busy few days which is why I’m warning now – You’ll get no sense out of me 🤣

It’s time to show my desktop once more for Clare. This is a nice simple challenge that doesn’t require a lot of work, so why not take part? You can catch Clare here and I know she’ll love your entry 🙂

My desktop currently is a screenshot from American Truck Simulator. This truck drifting through the rugged landscape is an International LT and she’s called Kimberly. The LT is a new arrival to the game and represents what SCS Software do so well – providing free content alongside the paid expansions and often without any fanfare. But that’s not the whole story. This screenshot is taken in the Utah borderlands…

…and we’re on the Route 89 between Page and Kanab. Some of my US readers may actually recognise this as being a good representation of the area near Paria? When I say it’s not the whole story, I refer to the other things that go on unannounced. I drove along the I-80 through northern Nevada on Friday and that road has evolved in game to become so much more real – pure desert now has isolated areas of greenery and the road is no longer a flat run. That’s what happens in American Truck Sim – the geography changes as the dev’s update their skills. If you don’t drive a route for a couple of weeks, who knows what awaits you? 🙂 Unlike so many other games companies, SCS don’t trumpet every improvement – we’re often left to discover for ourselves or be surprised by a new addition with minimal advance notification!

When I have one of my trucking shots on the screen, it’s a reminder of all the fun I’ve had in SCS Software’s trucking simulators. Tonight I’m parked up in Phoenix AZ and, in Europe, I’m in Nantes – not many people can be in two places at once;-)