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romore

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Posted: 02/09/19 07:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I agree with Tyler, it's that 10% that cause the majority of the problems and get all the attention. My wife HATED being behind a truck and always insisted I pass but it wasn't always practical especially when we were towing. I don't like being beside them because there is no place to go if someone messes up.

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Truck drivers used to be highly skilled and the best drivers on the road.
Now there are some bad ones. Some are too aggressive like they are doing amphetamines. Drive defensivley at all times.

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ppine wrote:

Truck drivers used to be highly skilled and the best drivers on the road.
Now there are some bad ones. Some are too aggressive like they are doing amphetamines. Drive defensivley at all times.


There has always been a certain percentage of truck drivers doing amphetamines. I'm in my 60s and my father, a professional truck driver knew of many who relied on pills.


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Tyler0215 wrote:

I was a trucker for 31 years.
I go by the 10% law.
10% of any group are [email protected]@s, regardless if they are trucker or RV'ers, doctors or whatever.
90% go about their business in a quiet, calm deliberate way, and no one notices. But the 10% get all the attention. EVERYONE has seen someone doing something stupid or dangerous at one time or another. Learn from it, don't join the 10%
Highways are more crowded than ever and will only be getting worse.

As far as the state patrol not caring. They are all dealing with budget ,and personnel cuts so there might not be a patrolman within 25 to 50 miles, or more, of you at any time. The 10% rule applies to them also.


I can see where a thread like this sounds like folks are lumping all the jerks together but I totally agree with you on the 10% thing and that the vast majority of truckers are good folks.


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Gosh, I have had just the opposite experience with truckers -- they are professional drivers whose lives and livelihoods depend on caution and skill. Yes, once in a while we encounter a bad apple, usually on the southern Calif freeway system (which is enough to make anyone crazy).

When we do encounter an aggressive trucker, we call the phone number on the door of the truck (or else go to their website) to report them. The dispatchers are almost always appreciative of our comments and they say that they will take action. Who knows if they do? But it is in the company's best interests to weed out the bad guys. So if there are enough complaints about a specific driver, my guess is that they are out of a job.

But I have learned a lot about towing by watching truckers with big semi trailers -- the way they anticipate trouble, the way they drive defensively, keeping a big cushion between themselves and the vehicle ahead, the way they position themselves in advance of an upcoming merge or transition, the way they tap their brakes early to communicate with the vehicles behind them, etc. Very savvy folks, for the most part.

Whenever possible, I slow down to let them move over, giving them a quick flash of my high beams as a signal. It is gratifying when they acknowledge courtesy by turning their lights off/on/off/on, causing their rear lights to blink.


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As unpopular as it may be, if i can maintain the speed limit, and there is more than 2 lanes, i will be in the middle lane. That way i don't have to deal with the merging traffic, or the idiot that wants to go 100mph. On a 2 lane road, i will just leave more room for merging traffic etc...


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My close calls come from cars not truckers.


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I worked for a very safety-conscious company. On-the-job automobile accidents invariably were our worst safety statistic even though we handled and produced many hazardous compounds. We started being required to have automobile safety training annually.

One of the things stressed frequently was to be aware where the blind spots for 18-wheelers are and to not linger in them on the highway. Speed up or slow down to move up or back, but don't stay in them if you are matched in speed. They exist on both left and right side of the rigs. Look ahead on the road for traffic situations that may cause the truck driver to have to make a sudden move to avoid potential collisions.

I agree with what some others have said. I observe many more dangerous drivers in cars, especially tailgating, speeding and veering through heavy traffic on congested freeways like they are in a road race.

Most truck drivers are very competent, courteous and safety conscious. I do observe tailgating and unsafe high speeds with a few of them. I think that small minority is what sticks out in many people's memory.

* This post was edited 02/10/19 08:46pm by one_strange_texan *


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one strange texan, it turns out that some of those cars are really in a road race! At least in Southern Calif., young guys in souped-up hot rods (can you tell I am really old?) sometimes engage in actual races on the freeways. I don't know if money is involved, or if it is just bragging rights. But they meet up on social media, arrange a starting and ending point, and they're off, zooming through traffic at 90 to 100 mph.

I am not making this up -- I have seen it many times with my own eyes, and law enforcement is well aware of this phenomenon. I could be wrong, but some of this was inspired by the Fast and Furious series of movies. (I did not see those films, so I may have my facts wrong.)

I hope this "sport" will not spread to other parts of the country.

You can see them coming in your rear view mirror. When I do see them, I slow down a little to leave a gap for them to get through, so that they do not clip my front fenders as they whiz across the lanes of the freeway.

Usually, there are just two cars involved. Sometimes three or four. They look like they are playing tag, but it's a race. They will zig zag across three or four lanes of traffic at a time.

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After posting that, I was curious to see if there were videos of this kind of behavior.
Yes, there are. Here is an example of exactly what I am talking about -- fast forward to 40 seconds from the beginning. And imagine that you are one of the good guys, watching these idiots come up from behind at high speed -- that is what often happens on the LA freeway system, especially late at night:

How the bad guys drive

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