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    Upstate, NY

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    5 years, 3 months ago

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Posted:  12 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Safety question -

It's usually far easier to back in from the street than to back out into the street. My advice would be to pull over and walk up to assess the in/out situation before doing anything. I learned very early on in my flatbed career to not even think twice about blocking a lane so that I can better plan my attack and exit.

Posted:  13 hours, 10 minutes ago

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Prime Inc is disabling Manual Mode on their trucks with the D12 Manual Automatic Transmission !

Reply to Turtle: So my understanding of descent control from reading the trucks owners manual and watching some videos from Freightliner is that you slow down, engage the engine brake and set the cruise control. How do you use cruise on snow and ice ?

I don't use descent control or cruise on snow and ice, preferring instead to use slower speeds and controlled braking.

Posted:  1 day, 11 hours ago

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Prime Inc is disabling Manual Mode on their trucks with the D12 Manual Automatic Transmission !

I never had the manual selector in my truck at Prime, and I managed to safely get around wherever I needed through speed control, descent control, and just heads up driving.

I wonder if the manual selector is available to lease ops? If not, my guess is Prime disabled it for the same reason they don't have Johnson bars in the trucks: L/Os will use these tools 24/7 instead of their service brakes, reducing their own maintenance costs while causing undue wear and tear to the vehicles. Just a guess.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Different states with different driving cultures.

Maybe it was just a regular green light, and the arrow he referred to was a white arrow painted in the left hand turn lane. In that case he would certainly need to yield to the oncoming traffic. What say you, dirtydeeds?

Posted:  1 week ago

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Different states with different driving cultures.

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It has the arrow and everything.

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A green arrow in either direction gives you the right of way. Opposing traffic would have to yield. However, you'd still have to yield to any traffic remaining in the intersection. So I don't know what happened in your case.

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It sounds like he was in a turning lane and the light turned green. Based on the light pattern at home he assumed the light turned red for oncoming traffic and it caught him off guard when they didn't stop because their light was also green. I'm guessing he turned and didn't yield to oncoming traffic.

But if it was a green arrow the opposing light would've have to be red.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Different states with different driving cultures.

Don't rely on lights. Lights don't stop cars being driven by people not paying attention.

That's a fact. He may have failed you for not exercising caution. Regardless of the right away.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Different states with different driving cultures.

It has the arrow and everything.

A green arrow in either direction gives you the right of way. Opposing traffic would have to yield. However, you'd still have to yield to any traffic remaining in the intersection. So I don't know what happened in your case.

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

He obviously came here all full of himself as a freshly squozed wannabe supertrucker, expecting like-minded individuals to validate his lookdownuponedness trait.

Instead he got the truth.

I don't know how he can reconcile this:

You can also bet that everyone who pulled in that late morning formed a negative opinion of the driver

with the fact that practically every top-tier driver here literally saw nothing wrong.

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A self-righteous judgement often tells more about the person doing the judging than the one being judged.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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In today's episode of "what makes people look down on truck drivers"

This is quite common, and perfectly acceptable in most cases. He found a safe spot to sleep without blocking anyone in. Where's the harm?

Experienced drivers accept this as just another day in a world of too many trucks, and not enough parking spaces.

We should work together out here, as this driver did, instead of trying to bring others down.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

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Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Employer has me drive overweight

You just need you just need to ask yourself one simple question:

In the event you get into an accident and someone dies, even if it's their fault, are you willing to take a manslaughter charge? Because that's exactly what will happen if they find out you were overweight. The cause of death will then be shifted to you.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

I do not expect that the rule will apply under all circumstances. I suspect there are some circumstances that a fully loaded truck will stop faster and others where the empty truck will stop faster. Slick roads vs dry, uphill vs downhill, a road surface temperature of 120 degrees versus -10 degrees, etc.

Agreed.

Hopefully none of us find ourselves on the wrong end of either theory, whatever the scenario.

Posted:  2 weeks, 1 day ago

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The Effect Of Vehicle Weight On Stopping Distance

I feel the manual is correct.

In a normal everyday situation, less pressure on the brake pedal is needed to stop an empty trailer vs a loaded trailer in the same distance. It's easy to see where one could think this equates to less weight equals less stopping distance.

In an emergency situation however, when hard maximum braking is required, I'd put my faith in the loaded trailer stopping me quicker than an empty one, due to the drastically increased traction.

Sure, momentum plays a role. But I just think the effectiveness of the suspension and braking system in a loaded truck will outweigh (pun intended) the force of momentum.

I just feel that, under hard braking, an empty trailer will either lock up the tires or kick in the antilock brakes. Both will increase the stopping distance.

Fortunately I've never had to test this theory while empty or loaded, so it's only gut feeling and opinion on my part.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Should I buy a GPS unit 🤔

People drove trucks, cars, boats and planes long before there was GPS

Exactly.

By no means is a GPS something you must have. You can get wherever you need to go with the carriers atlas, and good old-fashioned directions by phone.

That said, I'd absolutely have a truck GPS in my arsenal if I could afford it. It's a valuable tool that simply makes me better and faster at my job.

I'm kind of surprised May doesn't provide some sort of mapping for their drivers.

Posted:  3 weeks, 5 days ago

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Flatbed here I come!

Wow, that's a lot of potential change in a short amount of time. I'm glad to hear you were able to work it out by staying with Schneider. You always struck me as someone who will fit in the asset column. I'm sure they saw it too, which is why they tweaked the rules a little to keep you there. The ball is back in your court to show them they were correct.

Good luck Jared, and welcome to flatbed.

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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So How Is Your Day Going?

Now you sound like my wife

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No rest for the weak, weary, or wounded...

Posted:  1 month ago

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League of Cities offers solution to truck parking problem

My first reaction was the same. Disgusting habits of drivers are the reason why they don't have parking available anymore. The industrial park where my DC is located used to allow parking along the sides of the inbound roads. Not anymore however, thanks to an insane amount of trash left behind.

The local police are now constantly patrolling to either warn or cite truckers that are parked.

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Overweight and punished

question : I understand burning fuel to reduce weight, but what is the benefit of moving the 5th wheel and tandems ? ( I"m guessing : to gain better control ( distribution ) of the weight on the truck to reduce a chance of accident )

To keep it simple, the legal weight rating of a typical steer axle is 12,000 lbs. Some are rated for more, but let's stick with 12K as being standard.

Sliding the fifth wheel forward is equal to a weight shift of approximately 500lbs from the drive axles to the steer axle. This would put the steer axle right at 11,960 lbs, which is legal. Shipping that weight forward will also take that 500 lbs off of the drives, leaving them at approximately 34,340. That's still overweight, but...

Sliding the trailer tandems forward one or two notches will, depending on the trailer hole spacing, shift approximately 200-400 lb from the drives to the trailer. The end result would be somewhere in the neighborhood of...

Steers 11,960.

Drives 34,000

Tandems 34,140

Again, these are approximate numbers. Experimenting with trailer tandem position may actually put a little more weight on the drives, which would be advantageous since you can burn that weight off in fuel. Of course, that would mean only being able to put in a quarter tank at a time for the 700 miles to the receiver. Not ideal.

So hypothetically it's possible to get it real close to legal as I said. But no dispatcher should ever try to coerce or shame you into running illegal. It's not your fault they overloaded the dern thing.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Drug test at prime inc

At last check, Prime was UA only.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Overweight and punished

Sliding the fifth wheel forward one notch and sliding the tandems forward one hole would put you real close. Then burning off 8 gallons or so of fuel would get you legal.

How far away is the weigh station?

Being that close, I'd run it after shifting some weight as described above. But that's me, and no one would force me to. No one should force you to run illegal either.

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