Truck Stop Parking Fail

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Anchorman's Comment
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I post these as good examples of what NOT to do. Please learn from these lessons!

Truck Stop Fail - Parking Damage

This video shows a truck pulling into a spot and tearing up the nose of a Freightliner in the process

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The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Wow. The guy literally had several other wide open spots he could have easily pulled into!

James P.'s Comment
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Scott M's Comment
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Wow- that's too bad... Just a moment of inattentiveness.

Anchorman- Looks like you were sitting there with your forward facing camera running? Then can you remove the camera to get the two pictures above? I'm sure the guy that got hit would appreciate receiving all this video.

Anchorman's Comment
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Anchorman- Looks like you were sitting there with your forward facing camera running? Then can you remove the camera to get the two pictures above? I'm sure the guy that got hit would appreciate receiving all this video.

That was not me. I found this online and I am just sharing and passing it along.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wow, that is just a really dumb blunder on so many levels. Making a mistake in difficult circumstances is one thing. This is just completely unacceptable though.

It also demonstrates something I say all the time - you'll see an awful lot of wrecks take place in very simple, ordinary circumstances because people let their guard down. This guy saw so much open space he didn't think he had to be careful about how wide he swung out before making the turn, nor did he think he needed to watch his mirrors to make sure he cleared that bobtail.

There is no such thing as a safe set of circumstances out on the road. One time I was sound asleep at 3:00 a.m. in a truck stop and a truck slammed into me when a driver forgot to set his brakes at the fuel island. Knocked me out of the bunk onto the floor and smashed my hood to smithereens. Even when you're parked properly and sleeping it's a dangerous world out there.


"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

G-Town's Comment
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Mirror, mirror on my door, where is the trailer about to fall? Good grief. My approach to truckstops...extreme hyper vigilance at all times, in all directions whether in the truck or on foot.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Not like he had to do some crazy serpentine blind-side back or anything.

Wouldn't be surprised if this driver is job hunting.


Brett Aquila's Comment
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Wouldn't be surprised if this driver is job hunting.

Unfortunately I had the same thought when I saw it. "Is this something they're going to be willing to forgive?" Man, I don't know. The damage is relatively minor but you have to wonder if this driver really has the situational awareness to do this job. We all do something really dumb once in a great while but you can't just be careless and then say "Sorry, my bad" when you're behind the wheel of a big rig. You can drop your plate of food leaving the buffet table or trip and fall in a mud puddle walking through a parking lot and all is forgiven. But when you're behind the wheel you can't have moments like that and in this situation that was a really bad moment.

Hopefully it's lesson learned and on with a great career for that driver.

Steve_HBG's Comment
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Maybe the driver was listening to Boston's Second Studio Album, "Don't Look Back," released August 2, 1978 when that blunder happened. A few additional songs from that album also apply to this scenario, like... "Don't Be Afraid," and "Used to Bad News." I highly doubt he was "Feelin Satisfied" after that experience, though.

On a more serious note, I hope the Driver changes patterns soon and has a safe, rewarding career in this industry.

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