Game: Vent And Brag About Life On The Road

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Rainy 's Comment
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I thought this could be a way for potential drivers to have a realistic idea of what life on the road is like. Please tell one good thing and one bad thing about your day or recent events

Vent: a semi was following me downhill and going way too fast. I saw his trailer swaying and knew he wasn't in control. It was a one lane in each direction no shoulder area. I made a left turn onto a side street and he passed me and hit a pole. Was upsetting but I did good. Of course I then see a bridge weight limit sign...not good. I was able to get back to the main road after a ton of aggravation but I made it without NY accidents. I truly believe that other truck would have killed me.

Brag: before going home on the 30th, a hit rock hit my windshield so I headed back to the terminal to get it fixed. While there, I got my annual inspection and my cracked fairing fixed. (Iowa wind decided it wanted to keep some pieces of my truck). I even had time to get the truck detailed so now the inside is all shiny and new and pretty again. Yay!!

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Isaac H.'s Comment
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Vent: planned a trip to a Walmart. When i got there i was going to go in through the front entrance. Half way through the turn i see that I'm not going to make the curb by a long shot. Then i notice the stop sign had been hit by an idiot trucker who didn't care and dragged his trailer over the curb. I stopped, put on my hazards and backed out and found another way in.

Brag: next week I'll have my 100k accident free miles. I'd better not screw it up until then, lol.

Errol V.'s Comment
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I stopped, put on my hazards and backed out and found another way in.

Isaac, that's a brag. You still have a vent available.

Walmart hint: most WMs have Truck Route signs at the correct entrance. Watch for them.

Jodi 's Comment
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Vent- I woke up this morning only to find I don't have a load to get home yet and I probabably wont get one till tonight so I get to sit for the day. Brag- passed my first full dot inspection yesterday at the scale house with no violations so I will get a bonus from my company and 2 good points on company safety score.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

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.

Old School's Comment
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passed my first full dot inspection yesterday at the scale house with no violations so I will get a bonus from my company and 2 good points on company safety score.

Nice going Jodi, where you nervous?

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

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.

Jodi 's Comment
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A little bit but not to bad. I have a new truck and I do a real thorough pretrip so I really didn't think he would find anything. I thought I was just getting a paperwork inspection and then he said to pull around to the inspection bay. I said oh I get the hole enchilada today? He said yeah I'm falling asleep sitting here so I better do something. I laughed and said well we certainly don't want you sleeping. All in all a pretty nice guy.

King Pin's Comment
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Brag: Started career 45 days ago accident free. First load Payette ID. 2ft a snow. I've been in freezing rain, black ice, 60 mph wind storms, blizzards. I've been running west to east cost with the steepest down grades in icy conditions. Seen multiple accidents a few deaths. Seen lots in my short times out here. My run average 2200 miles wkly.

Rant: Mother Nature and Murphy's Law hasn't been very nice to me and wish they would find someone else to pick on.

Turtle's Comment
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VENT: Two weeks into my training, I was heading for a Pilot in Houston, and had to cut over from US59. The GPS wanted me to cut over via a Parkway with a toll. I was skeptical of this, since my trainer once told me to avoid Parkways ( that was in NYC however, and I've since learned otherwise).

So I skipped the exit, and waited for the GPS to recalculate a new route for me. It brought me down some sketchy side roads, and eventually to a very tight right hand turn. I had to GOAL in the middle of the turn to make sure I didn't clip the pole. Next I'm on a narrow road with the appearance of heading further into downtown. Not good. I kept repeating the words I've heard here on TT over and over again: DON'T HIT ANYTHING!

I set the brakes and hazards, then got out and walked way up the road to make sure I could get out. Another tight right hander with a GOAL, and eventually I made it on the right road headed to the truck stop. It's a good thing it was 4am, because if there had been a lot of traffic or parked cars, I don't know what I would have done.

My trainer slept through the whole thing.....

BRAG: Same story as above. I got myself into a bad situation. But rather than digging a deeper hole, I stopped and found a safe way out of the mess. Yes I could have woke up my trainer for help, but I wouldn't have learned in the same way.

Cwc's Comment
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Vent: Last night I stopped near Hammond LA at a Pilot that whoever laid out the parking should hang themselves. I get to the last spot at the time and the guy to my left is on the line with his mirror over it.

Brag: I could see daylight between his mirror and my trailer. If I squinted .

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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VENT: Two weeks into my training, I was heading for a Pilot in Houston, and had to cut over from US59. The GPS wanted me to cut over via a Parkway with a toll. I was skeptical of this, since my trainer once told me to avoid Parkways ( that was in NYC however, and I've since learned otherwise).

So I skipped the exit, and waited for the GPS to recalculate a new route for me. It brought me down some sketchy side roads, and eventually to a very tight right hand turn. I had to GOAL in the middle of the turn to make sure I didn't clip the pole. Next I'm on a narrow road with the appearance of heading further into downtown. Not good. I kept repeating the words I've heard here on TT over and over again: DON'T HIT ANYTHING!

I set the brakes and hazards, then got out and walked way up the road to make sure I could get out. Another tight right hander with a GOAL, and eventually I made it on the right road headed to the truck stop. It's a good thing it was 4am, because if there had been a lot of traffic or parked cars, I don't know what I would have done.

My trainer slept through the whole thing.....

BRAG: Same story as above. I got myself into a bad situation. But rather than digging a deeper hole, I stopped and found a safe way out of the mess. Yes I could have woke up my trainer for help, but I wouldn't have learned in the same way.

Great job. Stay of Parkways in NY. Most are NO CMVs. Bridges way to low.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
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