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Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-03-2004 at 17:31:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ive operated heavy equipment and trucks since I was 14 and own my own small backhoe/dumptruck service. I spend a good bit of time on the road and see alot of trafic. Now since I drive the Mack rolloff truck Its amazed me at how many folks dont use turn signal pull out infront of you, swerve, ignore signs dont know the rule on right on red, and y biggest gripe is the ones the pull in the gap you leave for a wide turn.
I sat 15 minutes in an intersection today because while i was in mid turn some guy on a cell phone was talking and drove his Miata between the curb and my truck and the 2 folks behind me had pulled in behind me so close when i stopped I couldnt back up.
I stopped at a gas stion/deli for dinner and parked where I could get get out and not block the road veiw than some moron in a Hummer parks so close to the drivers door I culdnt get into the cab from the drivers side. the only 3 cars in the lot have my truck blocked in the lot. My favorite thing yesterday was when I was settin a dumpster down I had a worker in a golf cart, and another worker in a car pull right behind the dumpster im rolling off i had to wait too long so I pull up drag the dumpster into the alley and left them blocked in for a bout a half hour. My boss laughed at what I had done and made sure the trucks have the right of way.


Bob/Ont    Posted 02-03-2004 at 20:32:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Taylor, you should have stayed in the South and not moved to NYC.
Later Bob


Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-03-2004 at 21:21:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Bob the bad thing is Im only 25 miles from home lol its in an older part of town with narrow side streets. I couldnt imagine driving in a big city like that.


Bob/Ont    Posted 02-04-2004 at 08:05:07       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Neither one of us can Taylor. We used to live on the EDGE of town, grain field across the 2 lane road with gravel shoulders. Now there is houses for 2 1/2 miles across the 5 lane road with sidewalks. When I go to work at 6:30 am it's empty but the days I am home I can't even get out the driveway from 7 to 9 AM. Good thing I don't get out much to drive on the Hwy at 60 amoungst all the other drivers, many of them reading a book as they travel along.
Later Bob


toolman    Posted 02-04-2004 at 11:33:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
its called multitasking bob being able to more than one thing at a time , if they can read the paper , talk on the phone all while driving themselves to work , they feel they have accomplished so much extra stuff that it now allows them time for the important stuff like gossip around the water cooler or how to avoid work that they actually take wages for.


TO35    Posted 02-03-2004 at 18:51:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
While riiding with my uncle one Saturday I noticed he had a can of ball bearing sitting on his dash of his KW. Well curisioty finally got the better of me and I asked him what they were for?
He said tailgaters...and for those that fly by only to get back in front of you and slow down....next time they came back around got a few ball bearing tossed out the window in front of them...even tho I never saw him do it I could only imagine hearing those things hitting a car from inside it... and in his defense he did have several packs of BB's he used too...


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real smart    Posted 02-04-2004 at 05:08:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
idea to maybe kill someone. Here , trucks are a menace on the road Most of the time they ignore the speed limit and fly past you or sit on your rearend if you don't move over. Ought to throw some of them in jail for awhile till they learn to obey the law.JMHO
REt


toolman    Posted 02-04-2004 at 11:57:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have to agree with you ret , todays truckers aren,t anything like the old time truckers, if you were ever in trouble and seen a trucker comming you could be sure he,d stop to help you not so all the time nowadays , most of them can,t drive a car little lone a big rig, i watch them corner on the highway and thru the tunnle round here and its a wonder they haven,t caused more havoc than they do, there are some really good drivers but i think with drivers in short supply and the demand growing everyday for more drivers the training and tests are being watered down just so the companys can get somebody behind the wheel to get their goods moving. we have had a number of bad accidents in my area this past year just for an example and just about everyone involved a trucker and a big rig just last week we had a semi hit a gas truck because he passed another semi in a blinding snowstorm and the white out caused the the guy in the gas rig not to see the big rig as it jackknifed in front of him , the driver in the gas truck was killed and a few day s later the other driver died. one soulition is take your cell phone with you and call the highway patrol whenever you see a bad driver , doesn,t matter id he,s in a small car or a big rig , report them all , the life you save may be your own or a loved one.i used to drive truck for a living and i can tell you even truckers get fed up with some of the bs they have to put up with from some of these other wanna bees.


Just...    Posted 02-03-2004 at 18:24:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe Walmart should start selling drivers licenses. They'd probably do a better job than the state BMV does. In Ohio, instead of raising the age as to which one can obtain a drivers permit, they lowered it from 16 to 15 1/2. Maybe we should lower it to 12, that way the kids will have more experience (if they're still alive) by the time they reach 16.

RY


Bob/Ont    Posted 02-03-2004 at 19:32:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
RY, those aren't 16 yr old kids Taylor is talking about. Nobody could get that dumb in 16 yrs, takes at least 35 yrs of practice to learn all those things.
Later Bob


LesWV    Posted 02-03-2004 at 18:23:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
"and y biggest gripe is the ones the pull in the gap you leave for a wide turn."

I was drove for a company called Sam Tanksley just before they went out of business. While in some small town in Iowa late one night. I was trying to make a right turn into a small service station. I had put my blinker on at least 150' before I ever got to where I had to make the swing in order to get in the parking lot. The tandems of the tractor was already on the lot when some guy pulled between my trailor and the curb. He begin flashing his head lights and honking his horn. I stopped and nicely let him know that he needed to back up a little so that I could get in the lot. His response was a foul mouthed choice of words. So I just got back in the truck and decided that I was not about to budge. I sat their about a minute or two when he came up and started cursing again. When he called me an SOB. That did it. I just drug the trailor over his hood until it was against the wind shield of his car. When a police lady arrived. I was still calm and explained that I had singled some 150' up the street and he just pulled between my trailor and the curb when I was makeing the turn.
What amazed me was that 4 or 5 other people whom I had no clue was even around told the same story. So they blamed the car driver and gave him a ticket. I almost fell in love with that lady officer. We talked for about an hour and I have like Iowa'ens ever since.

I does feel good to be out working and get even with some wipe that has nothing better to do than show their ignorance.


Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-03-2004 at 18:58:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I cross from MS to AL the highway as a curve in it and the county road Im on intersects in the apex of it. I have to come up the highside or supper of the highway to a straight shot down it. he roll off has a loading fork to start the dumpsters up it and its about 4 feet off the ground and 5 feet behind the truck. when im mpty its fun trying to start out and the initial roll back is had to get folks to understand not to jam right behind me. I was gettin out of the truck the other day on the shoulder and some jerk almost ran over me yapping on the phone. The fella I work for owns Tiffin motor homes and we haul from his plant. Its hard enough dodging the 450 000 dollar Allegro busses lol. alot of the courier drivers have trouble with folks not watching signal last week one wnt through a 4 way stop and someone in a hurry took off from there side thinking it was timed to pass the bus and forgot about the towed escort wagon. I cant think of the damages. Theres a car that parks illegaly on the corner I may take care of one day lol its an older suburban they park half in the street and halfway out from the corner. The local couriers tell us the fella is protesting the factories bus traffic. Knowing they wont run over it in a bus. He doesnt know about the 74 DM600 Sidewinder Mack i cruise in with a homemade superduty bumper lol. I worry about kids alot of times theres some trails in blind spots and a dew weeks ago i had some run out infron of me on atv's I wasnt too close but it still bothers me. In town theres an importer that sells gas scooters and mini bikes and the kids roam around on them in town. Ive seen them whip out across an intersection with trucks crossing. its hectic. I complained to the cops about it but a few dont care it seems, they just say they re just having fun.
I hate folks that like the blind side of a truck and also those that on a 4 lane get beside the truck and cruise. They dont know ho much forsce a tire with 100 pounds of air in it has at 55 or 60 miles an hour.


Les...Yup    Posted 02-03-2004 at 17:44:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Them idiots sure is aggravating. Put that together with Massachusetts drivers and you've really got a good time on your hands.
On the way home from work this afternoon, I was just coming up to an exit (not the one I was getting off) doing just under the speed limit when a SUV came whipping up beside me, pulled right across in front and got off the exit. New York plates, woman driving. Guess she just had to get by me so she could get off that exit and head for Waterville to make sure her condo was ready when the hubby and kids got done skiing. Grrrrr.


donna in w.v    Posted 02-03-2004 at 18:08:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
GREW UP IN mASSACHUSETTS AND WHENEVER I GO HOME I'M AMAZED AT HOW PEOPLE DRIVE ESPCIALLY AROUND THE TRACTOR-TRAILERS . I GUESS I NEVER NOTICE TILL WE STARTED HAULING ANTIQUE CARS UP THEIR AND ACTUALLY STARTED DRIVING THE PICK-UP WITH A 28 FT. HAULER BEHIND. ACTUALLY HAD A LADY TRY TO PULL IN BEHIND ME AND GUESS SHE NEVER SAW THE TRAILER CUZ ALL I HEARD WAS BRAKES AND HORNS


Ron,Ar    Posted 02-03-2004 at 17:36:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
I direct traffic every morning so the fifty buses can get in and out of the schools. The folks that use turn signals sure make it easier to figure out how to help them get on the road.
It seems like the costlier auto don't come with turn signal options.


Too durn....    Posted 02-03-2004 at 17:35:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
many drivers out there going by the "Stupid Is As Stupid Does" driving techniques....truck drivers oughta have 50cal guns mounted on their trucks just for these idiots...IMHO. :^)


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