What A Jerk Some 4-wheelers Can Be.... But I Never Saw This Before.....

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Ruminator's Comment
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Ok I regularly see 4 wheelers tailgate and cutoff tractor trailers but this incident I saw takes the cake so far.

.......2 lane highway westbound I 80 NJ-Pa......Im in right lane cruise control 63mph. A Truck is trying to pass me on the left. He started ok but a little incline slowed his pass a little. he's creeping by me doing 64. when all of sudden I see this car come right up on his bumper real close doing one of those side to side manuevers so he can see what is in front of the Truck, I see trouble and I brake off of Cruise and slow down a little..... the car barely squeaks in front of me(right lane) . now that truck is still in the left lane, the car races ahead in the right lane and moves over and cuts off this truck in the left lane........Ok so youre probably thinking ok nothing out of the ordinary there..........but here's the kicker, the car immediately after the cutoff, hit his brakes....not a hard brake but enough to scare the **** out ya , forcing that truck to kinda brake hard in response, The truck then swerves to the right lane to avoid the jerk but then that maniac kept with the truck and also started moving back into right lane in front of truck all the while tapping their brakes.....then he sped away and got off the next exit 2 miles away.....

Is this crazy or what.......as a trucker will i be seeing this roadrage thing often?

I can see a car being a little annoyed at the truck for clogging up the pass lane by cutting them off....... but.... to immediately hit your brakes with the sole intention of having that truck slam its brakes or swerve suddenly is crazy....he was looking to cause an accident or something....

He didnt clog up the lane very long either.....that car was the only one behind him.....the next car was like a tenth of mile back maybe a quarter mile back.

Unreal..... Sad to say, I'm thinking, its probably not gonna be the worse road rage i will see as a trucker. I just hope stuff like that doesnt happen to me. I try to be courteous driver but I know I can still get "in the way" sometimes ....hope no one fires a gun at me...lol

HOS:

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HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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People don't think when it comes to driving around big trucks. They simply become idiots...

I think everyone who gets a driver's license should have to take a class on driving safely around trucks. Most people don't even realize that we are 40 ton vehicles, it can take the length of a football field or longer for us to stop and that there are no such thing as fender benders when it comes to a truck.

It's instances like these that make me firmly believe that all trucks should have forward facing cameras at the very least. To protect drivers who are simply doing their jobs until some idiot comes along and causes an unavoidable accident.

James H.'s Comment
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Cant ya buy a forward facing cam just for your own personal protection?

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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Yes you can. There are many types of dash cams available.

Pianoman's Comment
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Wow that's some pretty bad road rage (understatement of the year). I definitely haven't seen anything that bad before.

The worst case of "4 wheeler madness" I've seen was probably the instance when one swerved in front of me and slammed on the brakes to make his right turn he almost missed. Not exactly road rage, but pretty dumb.

Oh yeah, I also saw one at night going westbound on the Eastbound side of I80 about 20 or so miles west of the Iowa 80 truck stop. Never thought I'd see that.

ChickieMonster, I like your class idea. Considering we share the road with all the 4 wheelers, it's only fair they should know a few important facts about trucks and how to drive safely around them.

I also think enforcement should be stricter though. It's a little bit hard for me to say that since my driving record isn't spotless, but can you imagine how much differently people would drive if either there were police around every corner or the point system was less forgiving (think 6 points allowed instead of 12, for example)? I think alot of people would lose their licenses and others would be smart enough to drive safely enough to keep theirs.

Chris the stick slinger's Comment
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Break checking anyone is a stupid thing to do.

With a camers the driver could have plowed through him and gotten away with it. With you as a witness would have worked too, but hard to say if another driver is going to take 30 minutes out of their day to save you from getting sued for all you have and ever are going to have.

Way to many people are me me me and it's only getting worse.

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6 string rhythm's Comment
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You'll probably see worse than that. People do not understand what it takes to drive a truck - and how to stop it - unless they've earned their own CDL A or have a relative / friend that's kindly enlightened them. 4 wheelers act out of ignorance, plain and simple.

Personally, I have more issues with other truck drivers than 4 wheelers.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
G-Town's Comment
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You'll probably see worse than that. People do not understand what it takes to drive a truck - and how to stop it - unless they've earned their own CDL A or have a relative / friend that's kindly enlightened them. 4 wheelers act out of ignorance, plain and simple.

Personally, I have more issues with other truck drivers than 4 wheelers.

Ditto here,...especially the last sentence.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Farmerbob1's Comment
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I haven't seen anything this bad yet. That's not road rage, that's road stupidity.

Though this might be close:

I did actually use my air horns to prevent an accident once. I watched a Schneider truck slowly encroaching on a lowboy truck with one of those really big 4-wheel construction cranes. The lowboy was trying to merge onto the interstate , the orange box was trying to get into the interstate exit lane.

I really didn't want that crane rolling on the road mixed up with two semis, 500 feet in front of me so I jumped on the air horn. The Schneider truck got back into his lane and slowed. I let him in, in front of me.

I was never sure if the Schneider truck was being oblivious/tired, or playing chicken and trying to get the lowboy to slow and allow him an easy merge.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Kurt G.'s Comment
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I had a guy in a pickup come flying past me and cut on front of me to get to the exit, only to find someone was already on the exit ramp, so of course the thing to do was to stop in front of me. I also had a UPS truck pulling doubles pass within inches of me on the right because he was trying to pass me before the right lane ended. And last week an Atlas moving van drove into the breakdown lane beside me because he came flying down the right lane that ended. I don't know if he thought the solid line of traffic was going to part for him, or if he thought it was the exit ramp (he got off at the next exit which wasn't far).

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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