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Terrible news about a truck blown off of the Ches. Bay Bridge Tunnel

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Bill F.'s Comment
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They are calling it driver error now and NOT wind.

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PackRat's Comment
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Maybe, but isn't it always the truck drivers fault on the news, though?

Deb R.'s Comment
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Slightly off topic, but the one bridge I am looking forward for a chance to cross one day in a tractor trailer is the Mackinac Bridge.

Wolding has sent me over the Mac bridge twice; Patrick, let your dispatcher know you'd like one of those loads.

The whole windy bridge thing can be kinda scary. I will go into the "upwind" lane, even if it's not the "correct" lane until I am off a bridge.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Pete B.'s Comment
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The whole windy bridge thing can be kinda scary. I will go into the "upwind" lane, even if it's not the "correct" lane until I am off a bridge.

Deb, what is the "upwind" lane please? I don't know what that means... if there are two or more lanes heading in the same direction, is one lane safer than the other(s) in windy conditions?

Old School's Comment
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Pete, she just means if the wind is blowing crosswise so that it would be pushing you to the right, then she gets in the left lane. That gives you some room to work with so a strong gust won't just push you into the guard rail, or vice versa.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Pete B.'s Comment
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Thanks Old School; if the truck in the video posted by Big Scott had been in the 'upwind' lane, it wouldn't have landed on top of the police cruiser!

Vendingdude's Comment
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Slightly off topic, but the one bridge I am looking forward for a chance to cross one day in a tractor trailer is the Mackinac Bridge.

Be careful what you ask for. I remember as a rookie being excited realizing I was about to cross the Pontchartrain Bridge in Louisiana. Little did I know it was under maintenance and it was closed to one lane in my direction. I didn't want to hold people up for miles, so I travelled at a speed that was above my comfort level on a roadway with only one foot on each side of me, a drop to the water over a two foot guard rail to the right. That was a half hour of serious butt clenching white knuckle driving. Lol

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