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

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G-Town's Comment
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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).

Kinda supports 6 String's point...

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.

G-Rod's Comment
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I think they should incorporate some sort of truck driving activity when getting a standard driving license. Do it at an airport or something where there's a lot of room, and make people have to get in these big trucks and try to shift them, and stop abruptly, and back them up and stuff. Then I think people would have a lot more respect for truckers and driving around them.

G-Town's Comment
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I think they should incorporate some sort of truck driving activity when getting a standard driving license. Do it at an airport or something where there's a lot of room, and make people have to get in these big trucks and try to shift them, and stop abruptly, and back them up and stuff. Then I think people would have a lot more respect for truckers and driving around them.

Putting a 16 year old in the cab of a truck is an insurance liability nightmare, never going to happen regardless of where it's done. Basic, current education would be a great start. Respect for trucks,...seriously? I'd like to see the average motorist respect basic driving rules; using turn signals, not tail gating, not weaving in an out of traffic, driving with prudence, compliance with posted speed limits, etc. It all boils down to we, the truck driver need to not only look out for ourselves, but them as well.

SAMUEL C.'s Comment
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I think they should incorporate some sort of truck driving activity when getting a standard driving license. Do it at an airport or something where there's a lot of room, and make people have to get in these big trucks and try to shift them, and stop abruptly, and back them up and stuff. Then I think people would have a lot more respect for truckers and driving around them.

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Putting a 16 year old in the cab of a truck is an insurance liability nightmare, never going to happen regardless of where it's done. Basic, current education would be a great start. Respect for trucks,...seriously? I'd like to see the average motorist respect basic driving rules; using turn signals, not tail gating, not weaving in an out of traffic, driving with prudence, compliance with posted speed limits, etc. It all boils down to we, the truck driver need to not only look out for ourselves, but them as well.

Preach on G-town!!! We live in a self absorbed "me" society with the mantra of " my time and agenda are more important than you and yours". I've only been in the seat 2 yrs, but several days through ATL and Nashville a week will make you a believer. As previously stated, it's not just 4-wheelers, but fellow drivers who recite the same mantra. My favorite act of stupidity is, when there is a backup, I slow and leave plenty of space between me and the vehicle in front of me, at least a truck length, because I hate the up shift and down shift, just to gain a few feet as traffic is creeping. Mainly 4 wheelers think we are being polite and giving them an opening to swoop in and then brake hard in front of me. I've had big trucks do the same, just to gain an inch of asphalt.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I drive for Swift, we are governed at 62 mph. I refuse to have a ****ing contest with another truck trying to pass me at 63 mph. I just bump off the cruise and let them get past me. It will not make or break my paycheck either way. I let these trucks pass me and follow them for miles and miles. I'm just not in that big of a hurry.

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G-Town's Comment
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Tractor Man wrote:

I drive for Swift, we are governed at 62 mph. I refuse to have a ****ing contest with another truck trying to pass me at 63 mph. I just bump off the cruise and let them get past me. It will not make or break my paycheck either way. I let these trucks pass me and follow them for miles and miles. I'm just not in that big of a hurry.

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Very smart Tractor. That's exactly what you should do.

Not sure if you are in one of the newer trucks with auto-shift? If so you can bypass the governor in the event you are passing a slower vehicle. By quickly tapping the throttle twice (to the floor), then applying throttle it will override the governor. You have 30 minutes of total use on this over a 24 hour period. Be careful though, it will accelerate quickly, over-speed rules still apply.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Thx G. I do have a 2015 Freightliner w/automatic. At this point in my "rookie season", and a 62 mph truck, there really aren't too many occasions that I have to pass a slower truck.rofl-3.gif I will try out the override to see if it works on my truck. Appreciate the info!

Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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It's a northeast thing. I can tell I'm getting closer to home when people start passing on the shoulder and pedestrians start running across the street. Even in TS starting at carlisle pa. You will see truckers running from in front of trucks. Everywhere else in the country they just stroll. I had no idea cars actually stopped for pedestrian until I was 16 and visited Chicago I was dumbfounded. Near philly last week I went thru a toll booth and a car in the next booth hit reverse and cutoff a truck to get behind me. How the truck didn't hit him I don't know cause there wasn't that much room. People suck

Matt M.'s Comment
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Definitely have to be vigilant out there. In Dallas I had a lady cross way over some lines where a highway split off after she "exited" to get back in front of me and brake check. She was looking at me in her mirror, obviously looking for a big truck wreck payout. I waved at her, I was already on the brakes because her behavior was so erratic. Gambling with your life if you are trying to wreck with an 80,000 lb vehicle on purpose.

Also had someone short pass me in a 55 mph zone to immediately slam on the brakes to turn into home depot. If anyone had been in the lane next to me that lady would have been toast. She flipped me off when I blew my airhorn.

What irks me more than anything are the tail-gating truckers though. A foot of slush on the road and some jackass will be ten feet off your icc bumper.

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