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Something that has been bothering me about driving governed trucks.

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Sambo's Comment
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Some will call this petty, but it has been annoying me quite a bit.

I'm talking about driving governed trucks. How do you that are governed tolerate it, because I'm finding that it grates on my nerves quite a bit.

Not that I'm moving so slow, but that I'm moving slower than most everything else. Constantly, all day long getting cut off, having to constantly slow down to increase following distance, and always having to yield to the faster trucks because we don't have enough power or speed do maneuver.

Many times getting trapped in the right lane due to heavy traffic, or a car that is speeding up on your left, so that pulling into the lane would not be a good idea, and then having vehicles in the in ramp joining the interstate , and won't yield, so you have to slow way down to allow them to get into the lane..because 4 wheelers never seem to be at speed when they hit the road, but enter at slow speeds, and then speed up once they are on the interstate.

Basically, I'm finding it difficult to be in this position of always being the slow guy and having to yield so much.

How do most of you keep your sanity from dealing with this all day long lol?

If I had any hair left, I'd have pulled it out by now!

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Errol V.'s Comment
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This is how I handle it: chill. You are not driving at 4 wheeler, let them go by. You're not a flatbed "super trucker", just blink your lights when they get past.

Drive your own road.

And you'll be a safer driver, just by sticking with 62 instead of 70 MPH.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Here's how: In AR last week the sleet and snow came down heavy. It was a 65 mph US routes that had lights periodically. I was driving 45 mph with my hazards on and three vehicle passed me. An hour late all three collided. One went into a ditch, one did a 180 and the other wrecked the guard rail. While the drivers were being taken out by ambulance I cruised on by.

Going slower allows me better control and higher safety probability. What you are describing is not necessarily speed but defensive driving procedures. Go slow, increase following distance, create a cushion around you....that is defensive driver. And from the sound of it...you are good at it!!!! Yay for you.

Do you really think if you could go 70mph that you wouldn't get cut off? Sure you would cause people suck.

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MC1371's Comment
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What Errol said.

Pre plan right and you've got nothing to stress.

As for cities they each have their own flavor. Some I'll play rock in the stream because the ramps and or drivers are a bigger hazard than sitting in the middle. Texas, .. whatever, just stay right and accept you're going to get flipped off and brake checked.

Errol V.'s Comment
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On re-reading this:

And you'll be a safer driver, just by sticking with 62 instead of 70 MPH.

I just thought:

Your company will take a safe driver over a fast driver any time!
BQ 's Comment
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You could always purchase your own truck, pay for your own fuel and insurance and not put a governor on said truck.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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You could always purchase your own truck, pay for your own fuel and insurance and not put a governor on said truck.

Even better would be to stick with being a company driver and buy a low level race car (drag racing or circle track, whichever you fancy) and go nuts on the track against some seriously amazing local drivers.

If your truck could do 80 mph you'd have just as many problems as you're having with a truck that runs 60, they would just be a completely different set of problems. The ones you have now are easily solved with some patience. The ones you'd have running 80 mph would be much more difficult and dangerous to work through.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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I don't get time for it much any more, but my need for speed fix is accomplished by taking my Suzuki 1200 S Bandit to the local 1/8 mile drag track. I get to go as fast as I possibly can. It is good cheap fun.

BQ 's Comment
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Even better would be to stick with being a company driver and buy a low level race car (drag racing or circle track, whichever you fancy) and go nuts on the track against some seriously amazing local drivers.

I was being sarcastic.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I was being sarcastic.

Well then you may not be aware of how many people buy or lease trucks for exactly this reason. It happens all the time so I thought you were serious.

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