Fears On The Road

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Unholychaos's Comment
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Just a simple question that I'm curious about. What is everyone's biggest fear when driving a truck day after day?

Since I'm still a rookie, I have a lot of potentially scary things to look forward to. Since I started solo in early November last year, I was extremely worried about being inexperienced and driving in bad wintery weather, but now that I've experienced it and did fine, my biggest fear day in and day out is a blowout. I know it's probably not a big deal to y'all veterans, but it can happen at any time. I'll probably be cruising down the highway on a beautiful day and I'll hit a pothole I didnt see and hopefully not freak out too bad haha.

Pianoman's Comment
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My biggest fear was that at night an animal or even a person would come out on the road in front of me and I wouldn't be able to see them until it's too late. The animals don't bother me too much but I'm afraid of someone basically walking out in front of the truck.

Reaper's Comment
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Im just a rookie but i fear three things.

1) rollover from sudden gusts of wind

2) someone tries insurance fraud accident

3) mountain driving and suddenly snow and ice and i cant shutdown.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Ditto for me Reaper.. those are my top 3.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Unholychaos's Comment
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My biggest fear was that at night an animal or even a person would come out on the road in front of me and I wouldn't be able to see them until it's too late. The animals don't bother me too much but I'm afraid of someone basically walking out in front of the truck.

Just last week while going east on CO-86 at about 0400, I saw literally 12 deer on the right shoulder and in the middle of the road. Gave me my first hard brake.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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My biggest fear was that at night an animal or even a person would come out on the road in front of me and I wouldn't be able to see them until it's too late. The animals don't bother me too much but I'm afraid of someone basically walking out in front of the truck.

I took care of the animal part on Monday.

Gladhand's Comment
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1) Steer blowout. 2) Running over a pedestrian, even more active of a fear now that I do walmart dedicated.

Cwc's Comment
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Im just a rookie but i fear three things.

1) rollover from sudden gusts of wind

2) someone tries insurance fraud accident

3) mountain driving and suddenly snow and ice and i cant shutdown.

I'm with you on these but I've kinda got one more.. I drive at a pretty good clip through the mountains and when I'm in the right hand lane I'm usually holding the solid white line. Those that happen to pass me seem to be trying to hold the zipper line. Going through the curves I'm always worried someone passing is going to get cold feet and try and come back into my lane...

Only made worse by this. Like I said I travel through the mountains pretty quickly but I've been passed 3 times by trucks with the brakes one fire or really really close to being so.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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Any bad situation where a school bus is involved.

Taxman's Comment
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Having a cyclist roll up on my right while I'm looking at the red light waiting to make a right turn, and parking under my mirror.

We've had two sensational trucking fatalities in my area in the last 20 years, the first one involved a semi knocking a fifteen year old girl off her bike with the trailer and rolling his tandems over her in a right turn. Our county prosecutor didn't go after him criminally, and her family was hopping mad about that. I do not know how this one happened, maybe she rolled up on him at a red light, maybe he was trying to pass her before he slowed down to turn. I can remember listening to her stepdad complain about it and thinking it was her fault but I don't remember why, I just know that as a cyclist I never would have been where she was. Now that I know a little bit about trucking, I'm thinking that if you turn right and roll your tandems over a human without seeing her, you should have been checking that mirror. The other famous fatality was clearly 100% on the trucker, milk tanker rear-ended a farm tractor pulling a wagon with a slow moving vehicle sign in broad daylight on a straight road.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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