Fears On The Road

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Buttercup's Comment
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We had the same cyclist thing locally. Foreign exchange student came upon a truck turning right onto the interstate ramp. As i believe, the cyclist just didn't stop for the turning truck. I don't believe the driver faced charges but there's a ghost bike on the fence at that light as a grim reminder of what can happen.

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.
Taxman's Comment
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Does this forum auto-post messages after a few minutes? I left this browser tab open while I looked for a link to the milk truck incident, and when I came back my message was already posted.

BTW, here's the only article I could find about the tanker hitting the tractor. It was a bad scene, pieces of John Deere everywhere. Deputies at the crash site told Tirrell's brother that he should have had a slow moving vehicle sign. He told them the sign was brand new, dug it out of the rubble and shoved it in their faces. Milk truck driver went to trial, but I don't remember the exact charge or the sentence. http://www.wilx.com/home/headlines/7277886.html

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Pianoman'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.

If you're checking your mirrors and have them adjusted properly, you will see them. Because of the three mirrors I have on my passenger side, I literally don't have a blind spot over there.

Brian M.'s Comment
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A tornado filled with angry possum! No not really but that would be scary wouldn't it. That's called a possumado my friends. Black ice, steep downgrade and anything below that's in the way. All of the answers are great though

Eric G.'s Comment
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1. Burning up the brakes, in inclimate weather where an exhaust brake should not be used.

2. Getting cut off by a 4 wheeler that causes an accident.

3. Jackknife

4. Steer tire blowout. I've been in a cab as a kid when we had a blowout in the drives. It startled me, but not a big issue in terms of the handling that I could tell. However a steer blowout in my mind is like one of the scariest things not knowing what will happen.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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1. Burning up the brakes, in inclimate weather where an exhaust brake should not be used.

2. Getting cut off by a 4 wheeler that causes an accident.

3. Jackknife

4. Steer tire blowout. I've been in a cab as a kid when we had a blowout in the drives. It startled me, but not a big issue in terms of the handling that I could tell. However a steer blowout in my mind is like one of the scariest things not knowing what will happen.

After driving for a bit and learning your truck, you'll probably find that you're going to leave the Jake on almost all the time. About the only time I shut mine off is if I'm bobtail and that's very rare. Steer blowouts are pretty rare but they do happen. As long as you don't panic and don't slam on the brakes, you'll be fine. You treat them with the same easy movement as any other tire, hold the wheel and ease off the throttle. Let it slow down until you're at an easy, manageable speed before gently applying the brakes to stop.

Bobtail:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Adam B.'s Comment
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Mountain and steep hill driving. Hitting something while backing (yes even after I GOAL) Rollover and losing control in windy conditions

Unholychaos's Comment
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Mountain and steep hill driving. Hitting something while backing (yes even after I GOAL) Rollover and losing control in windy conditions

Are you talking about mountains in general or during adverse conditions? For the past 2 weeks I've been running Home Depot dedicated out of Topeka and I'm consistently taking runs out to Colorado. Every time I see the snow covered Rockies in the distance, 2 things are crossing my mind; "OMG!! THAT'S SO PRETTY!" (in a very girly voice), and "I really hope I don't have to go through that one of these days..." (I have cables (rusty as hell), but I don't know how to use them)

Mountains in normal conditions can be intimidating at first. Since I drive an automatic, it's extremely easy for me to descend even with a heavy load, just set cruise to 5-10mph below the speed limit and pump the Jakes.

Adam B.'s Comment
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Mountain and steep hill driving. Hitting something while backing (yes even after I GOAL) Rollover and losing control in windy conditions

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Are you talking about mountains in general or during adverse conditions? For the past 2 weeks I've been running Home Depot dedicated out of Topeka and I'm consistently taking runs out to Colorado. Every time I see the snow covered Rockies in the distance, 2 things are crossing my mind; "OMG!! THAT'S SO PRETTY!" (in a very girly voice), and "I really hope I don't have to go through that one of these days..." (I have cables (rusty as hell), but I don't know how to use them)

Mountains in normal conditions can be intimidating at first. Since I drive an automatic, it's extremely easy for me to descend even with a heavy load, just set cruise to 5-10mph below the speed limit and pump the Jakes.

Yeah in general. I never went past Denver on i70 yet so I can't comment on that. I have driven i40 from Flagstaff to San Bernardino and I think it's I17 down to Phoenix and it was nerve wrecking. So many steep downgrades. Going up hill is an adventure too. I fear that I'll overheat the engine. I've came close to the gage getting into the red a few times.

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Interesting no one said loosing focus, being distracted or falling asleep. Am I missing something or just showing my rookie stripes?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

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