Signaling Other Truckers

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Spider-Man's Comment
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Let's say you're on a 2 Lane Rd. with a dotted yellow line If there is a big truck behind you is there a way to tell them to pass work to back off your Ass a bit. My truck is governed at 60 and I'm constantly slowing down you 18 wheeler guys. Is pulling off the road or into a left turn lane to let a truck pass courteous? Let me know if there's any light signals I can do let me know if there's any light signals at all.

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A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

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

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Rob S.'s Comment
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My truck is 60mph too. What I do is watch to see if they might want to come around. If I think they do, I wait until I see a long enough, safe enough place for them to pass. Then I gently slow down. Making sure my brake lights come on. Then I use my right turn signal until I see them start to pass. I don't try this if I'm not sure that I can stop safely if they do something goofy. I'd like to hear from veteran drivers about this though. At 60mph I get passed a lot. A LOT.

Spider-Man's Comment
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Then you know my struggle we do get passed ALOT

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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I'm of the opinion that you should not make ANY signals at all. If the guy behind you wants to pass, that should be his decision and his alone.

If you give him a sign that he should pass you, and then he gets into a head-on collision, you might be held liable in some way.

Just don't even worry about it. You do your thing and be comfortable in how you drive. If you see someone passing you, then sure, slow down for him, but don't get involved in his decision making.

Tman's Comment
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I'm of the opinion that you should not make ANY signals at all. If the guy behind you wants to pass, that should be his decision and his alone.

If you give him a sign that he should pass you, and then he gets into a head-on collision, you might be held liable in some way.

Just don't even worry about it. You do your thing and be comfortable in how you drive. If you see someone passing you, then sure, slow down for him, but don't get involved in his decision making.

Totally agree with you. Never signal for someone to pass you. If they get too close behind you slow down and increase the space between you and vehicle in front of you.

Spider-Man's Comment
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That's good advice. Thanks. Helps me a lot

Rob S.'s Comment
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Very good points, thanks

Errol V.'s Comment
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Like Rob says (almost). You can sense when the 18 wheeler wants to pass - he's almost tailgating. No signals, though! Moving into the center turn lane means you want to turn left, so don't go there.

On roads with wide shoulders, I'll watch for the long straightaway, edge to the right, and when the behind cars make their move, I'll even use the brakes a bit to get Mr Speedy past me faster.

Logan M.'s Comment
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When someone wants to pass me I'll hug the right line to help them see and when they pass I'll ease off the throttle if i see its another company that I know is governed close to what I am I'll call out on the radio first and tell them Ill back down a little when they go to pass. I personally don't tell anyone when to pass me, unless it's a very unusual circumstance

Jetguy's Comment
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Great suggestions here.

Just for Liability and Insurance reasons, I would not wave a person to pass. Can you imagine, you wave, he crashes, his dash camera captures you waving?

I can imagine a lawsuit.

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