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Ron/PA    Posted 02-04-2004 at 06:13:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Taylor, welcome to the wonderful world of drivers!
REt, I agree that there are very few professional drivers out there any longer. Many commercial drivers are less than professional.
As a 30 year commercial driver, with 1 million accident free miles under my well hidden belt, I'll chance a response to your comments.
Are you sure that the speed and not the size is what makes you think they're speeding?
How did that car get on the front bumper of the truck, is he being a jerk, or did that car pull right in there?
How many cars will chance pulling out in front of a truck, so they won't have to "follow" a slow truck? How many of those are soccer moms with a "Caution baby on board" sticker in the window?
How many cars drift into the side of a truck because the driver is on the phone, and spilled his coffee in his lap??
I won't defend bad truck drivers, but I'd love to have you ride with me for one day, then pull your shorts out of your crack, and take another look at life on the road.
I made the same offer to a state trooper one day, and he took me up on it, he's been doing it 2-3 times a year, for the last 5 years, just to keep his perspective straight.
The days of the highway heros and knights of the road are gone. In place of these folks are commoners like me, who decide to let cars have their way, if they cut me off, that's fine, if they crowd me, so be it. Just understand that my style of defensive driving means that I will NOT, allow anyone to do anything that will put me, my life, load, or truck in jeopardy.
Later
Ron


Taylor Lambert    Posted 02-04-2004 at 14:45:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the welcom Ron. I dont tailgate usually to insurance reasons lol. Most folks here grew up in trucks either log or gravel and are respectful. We had a few years here that retired DMV workers and schools were putting out CDL's like fishing liscences at Walmart. Theres still a few around but they are being weeded out. THe accicdent reconstruction and investigation company my brother works for was viewing the records of long time drivers vs the schooled drivers that had little onroad experience not on a closed course and the numbers were in the 90 percent figure on the schooled drivers. I had a new Driver ask me why I pull my front tires to the center line in a steep sharp uphill curve I explained to him how the truck i operate has a high center of gravity andthe lack of a shoulder and no guard rail. The inside downhill lane has a wider lane to travel on for this purpose.
I do agree there are alot of truckers out there that give us law abiding drivers a bad rep. Evfer since i was 16 driving a 10 wheeler offroad Ive done a pretty good pretrip, I know some drivers who wont look till something falls off big enough to chock the truck from moving.


ret    Posted 02-04-2004 at 08:32:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
in answer to your first question, in the area I live in, N. Va, there are a lot of two lane divided hys. I always get over when someone is back of me trying to pass if I can. But with the mentality of these drivers here and up and down the east coast, it is get over or get run over. Speed limit is just a number here to them. Also, I know a car can stop a lot faster than a truck, so why do I see trucks following at a distance closer than I could stop my car in? On the interstate here, I95, at night it is the most dangerous place to be around. 80 mph on a freeway in a truck on a crowded road is not safe. I commuted most of my working life on a freeway in Ca, but it was not as bad it is now. You are right though, truckers are more in a hurry today, too many cowboys behind the wheel.
REt


Tom    Posted 02-04-2004 at 06:31:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hear you man , they say a truck is like a dinosaur- a huge creature with a small brain moving it. Really defensive driving is expecting everything on the road has a small brain. Nine times out of ten , its true.


Grove r    Posted 02-04-2004 at 08:30:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi, Ron, Tom, not realy my place to respond to a post like this, because I am not a truck driver, but maybe I can give a fresh veiw from the "other" side. When the wife started driving, shortly after we were married, she was continualy nattering about those dang truck drivers...well...our roads at that time were not the greatest...the bellyach was that they tried to put her in the ditch all the time. Explained to her that, give them the road, even at the risk of "going in the ditch", ninety nine and two thirds percent of the drivers would stop and see her on the road again. It wasn't until later years, when she got a job with the school division, driving a sixty passenger bus, that all my retoric became painfuly obvious to her.... the stuff about stopping back a little further at stop signs when there was a tractor trailer trying to negotiate the corner.....and if one of the "big boys" were on her bumper, get over and let him pass...even if he is speeding, so what... that is his problem....let him get out of your way! 'Nother one is, don't tailgate these boys going up a tough climb, no matter how slow they are going.....you could wind up being flatter than the proverbial "p" on a platter, if something goes wrong, and the guy can't hold the rig.....Lots of "wide loads" on our roads, usualy with pilot cars.....if I see one comming, I pull over into an approach if possible...only takes a few moments..... The way I look at it is, these boys are out there trying to make a living the same as I am, and I know how I would feel if someone kept getting in my way at work, t'would be knuckle sandwich time, to be sure. Not saying there are not bad truck drivers iether, but, I think the quality factor can be raised a lot with a little common courtesy from the rest of us. There....now....do I feel better or what? have a gooder, R.E.L.


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