Any Advice For Driving In Big Cities

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Zachary B.'s Comment
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Like new York city...is it hard to drive

Matt M.'s Comment
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NYC is probably the worst. Crossing the GW bridge and staying on the highway isn't too bad, although expect heavy delays going through there. If you have a delivery there expect shenanigans however.

Pretty much all major metropolises can be rough, Chicago is really bad with 11 foot viaducts all over the place. Plan well and don't get off your route.

Docks can be hard to hit and there are going to be turns so tight you can't really do them legally. Like you may have to hug the curb with your trailer and swing out into the lane next to you to make some right turns, this can be especially difficult and dangerous in heavy traffic. Know how to buttonhook so you don't do this with on all turns, but there are some in downtown areas where a buttonhook is not enough.

You will likely jump some curbs with your tandems at some point, if that is going to happen make sure you do it really slow in a very low gear and that you are not going to strike fire hydrants, pedestrians, telephone poles and such on the corner. You really don't want to do this, but it will probably happen at some point.

Sometimes you get lucky and the streets that get you to the shipper/reciever aren't too bad.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Bud A.'s Comment
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I haven't had to go into NYC, just through it. I know when I go to Chicago (especially) or places in other cities I haven't been to, I carefully review my route on the atlas, the GPS, company directions, and Google maps at a minimum, and I do all of that before I start moving.

Illinois has a handy website with all low bridges marked. I'm not sure if NYC has something similar, but it's worth looking for if you have to go there.

Other drivers can also be a valuable resource. Try to find someone who's already been there and ask them about any hazards along the way. They've saved me several times from taking a bad route.

Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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NYC sucks I have delivered to down town Brooklyn a few times be careful in the city its a lot of one ways tight streets with cars parked to on the sides where you barely have any room to even drive and you may have to drive up one to back down another to get in where you're going. Keep it slow and be careful people up there are rude and will not let you over if you're in the wrong lane so watch your signs closely and get in and out don't let people's honking bother you either because they will be honking their asses off at you to try to get you to go faster just go as fast as you are comfortable with and you'll be fine.

Travis H.'s Comment
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I wonder if anyone has driven a tractor trailer down the hill of Lombard St. in San Fran. Can it even be done?

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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NYC is a bear, you just have to be patient and very careful. I have 5 stops to make there this weekend, one of them being in Queens. The best part is when you're doing street deliveries, people get so impatient and there's not a darn thing they can do lol.

I avoid the GW though, I'd rather take 87 and cross the Tappan Zee. It's a bit longer route bit will get you in and out quicker.

Seppo's Comment
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I wonder if anyone has driven a tractor trailer down the hill of Lombard St. in San Fran. Can it even be done?

Assume you're joking, but no, it physically cannot be done. Also, no reason to ever have to drive a truck on Lombard.

Matt M.'s Comment
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winding roads on a hill in San Francisco

Haha no.

Scott O.'s Comment
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Haha no.

Lol I'd like to try that

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Challenge accepted lol

Granted, it'll be a straight line and seriously destroyed landscape but man will it be fun.

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