What's So Bad About The Northeast Anyway?

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RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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I've read more than once on here about how the northeast doesn't seem to be a favorite for the truckers. Care to enlighten me? I'm in Southwick, which is about 20 minutes west of Springfield MA, and abutting Granby CT at the north. Big cities within an hour to three hours are Boston, Hartford, Albany and NYC.

Chris H.'s Comment
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It's full of Yankee's.rofl-1.gif

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Tight roads, low clearances and lots of traffic everywhere. Everything just seems condensed up there, especially compared to the wide open midwest.

Bud A.'s Comment
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Also, the way people interact can seem unpleasantly blunt and/or rude if you're not from there, summed up nicely by the Yankees comment above. If you're from there, you probably won't notice it. Doesn't bother me, but I mostly get along with everybody just fine.

Also, NYC is famous for lots of things, including wrong bridge height signs. You haven't had any real fun until you've driven your truck under a bridge marked 12'1" . . . and cleared it.

Newbie78inpa J.'s Comment
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I'm in Pennsylvania 45 mins north of Philly. The tri state area PA,NY,NJ is the worst for traffic and crazy drivers. I'm not even a truck driver yet and i can't stand the drivers. Rt 309, I95, schuylkill expressway, parts of the PA turnpike 476 and rt 1 roosevelt blvd are all nightmares.


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Boomshaker E.'s Comment
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Technically there isn't anything wrong about the northeast until the folks from Southwick drive through it. LOL

Bud A. is pretty much on the dot with this. I have heard this said a number of times from most of my instructors and other drivers I have spoken with.


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State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Craig T.'s Comment
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Spend a few weeks trucking along through Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska, and the like. Get accustomed to the simplicity of following i80 back and forth. Then find yourself in the Northeast. It's just not as simple. The whole entire vibe gets thrown out the window, run over a few times, and maybe set on fire.


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Michael's Comment
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Well, as far as the north east goes, I had to get a load of spices from Manhattan, NY which was interesting, going down my side of the road and if my trailer would have dog legged 6" I would have hit every mirror on the cars parked along the street. Turns are very tight, not to mention to get me backed in they had to wait for cars who would stop so I could take up the entire intersection to get backed in, a car almost hit me while docked and the round trip in tolls was almost $100.00.

Another place in NYC where I picked up potato chips the left turn was brutal and once had to make the police back up, lol that was funny I always did that turn slow just for that reason but they actually just kinda looked at me like what are you doing?

James P.'s Comment
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It's full of Yankee's.rofl-1.gif

I like you! rofl-3.gif

RebelliousVamp 's Comment
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Here's a fun fact: to most foreigners, a "Yankee" is someone from the US, regardless of the region you come from (Northern, Southern, etc). To the Americans, a Yankee is someone from the northern states.

To the Americans, a "Canuck" is a Canadian, regardless of where they're from. In all the 27 years I lived in Quebec, I never heard the word "Canuck". When I came in the US and I was randomly called a "Canuck", it was aggravating. Later on, I researched the term, learning that Canucks designate the English speaking Ontarian population and further West in other provinces. A hockey team in Vancouver was named "The Canucks". The term is not for the French Canadian population of Quebec. To this day, I keep being called "the Canuck" and I just let it roll off my back...lol

Now, as far as the New England people goes....it was a cultural shock when I moved here from Quebec. People are judgmental, not so friendly, and self entitled. There's always exceptions and I've met some nice people, but funny enough, often they also moved to New England from somewhere else more friendly...lol

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