How Is That A Truck Route?

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Unholychaos's Comment
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Ever been on one of those backwater roads that just makes you ask the question, "How is this a truck route?!" Yesterday, my qualcomm routed me across the backroads between Zanesville OH and US50 to get to Jackson OH. Along that route I went across OH13 which was riddled with curvy hills, sharp curves that were unmarked, almost causing me multiple stability events. I got through it fine, but my god, what a royal pain... I wish I had just stayed on I-77 down to US50 and just took that across...

What routes have you guys been on that makes you raise that question to yourself?

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
LDRSHIP's Comment
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There are a few "truck routes" in eastern Tennessee that the only trucks you are probably going to see on them are log trucks, lol. Tennessee is fairly liberal with what it considers a truck route. Just look at your Atlas.

G-Town's Comment
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Unholychaos wrote:

Yesterday, my qualcomm routed me across the backroads between Zanesville OH and US50 to get to Jackson OH. Along that route I went across OH13 which was riddled with curvy hills, sharp curves that were unmarked, almost causing me multiple stability events.

Trip planning?

A quick glance at the Rand McNally Truckers Road Atlas and you would have clearly seen the circuitous nature of the roads and highways in that part of Ohio. You would have been much better prepared.

I just do not understand why you are overlooking the Atlas as a tool. Five extra minutes is all that it would take to "see" where you were going.

As far as back country roads? Constantly. Of note PA61, PA901, PA25, PA183, US-6...basically most of the state roads in North Eastern PA and Western NJ are hilly and circuitous (curvy). I have driven on them for many years so I know them well. However when I first started on the Walmart account, if I was unfamiliar/unsure with the route, I referred to the Atlas and made note of curvy routes. It's also easy to see the curvature of the route ahead of time with a quick glance of the GPS.

Trip planning basics. Don't skip it.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Tom W.'s Comment
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I have to travel us-62 through Eureka Springs Arkansas every once in a while. It is a beautiful town to drive through but you will be having to concentrate on the driving so much that you will not be able to enjoy it a whole lot. Turns so tight that your trailer is forced into the oncoming lane several times. It is just a tow lane road with a mountain wall on one side and a cliff side drop off on the other. For about ten miles you got to creep through at 15-30 mph.

I never make a delivery to Eureka Springs, but it is positioned between two of my regular stops and going around would add way too many miles. Couple years ago my route planner accidentally arranged my stops so that I had to drive through there three times in one day.

Rainy 's Comment
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US 49 in AR slows to a 10 mph curve thru a trailer park.

US 65 between US 60 and I 40 in MO sucks

AL 273 sucks

Matt M.'s Comment
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US-62 in Arkansas is gnarly.

I had a Tyson load that picked up in Dardanelle and they wanted me to pick up one more pallet in Broken Bow, OK before heading to Cali. I swore I would never take AR-27 and AR-28 again. Nothing but loggers and burnt out houses there. There was one mountain curve so banked I thought the truck and trailer were gonna go tumbling down the mountain.

That was with a few months experience, I'd kinda like to do it again with an empty trailer to see if it really was that bad. Lots of 15mph curves for sure.

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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Old Kings Highway in NY is fun.

Gladhand's Comment
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New Mexico 68. Skinny little mountain road. Practically have to slide your tandems all the way forward to make it thru safely.

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".

John M.'s Comment
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I can't recall the name of the road. It's a truck route though, it's in... you know i cant recall, not helpful i know but its two lane with some tight curves but its near the border right near the interstate but it has two bridges do believe it was over a major river too. that made me question who ever thought that would make a good truck route was insane, bridges were so tight that had to curb the truck at one point cause the other guy coming the other way in a semi couldn't move over or didn't want to I was too busy panicking to keep from hitting anything to notice if he didn't want to move over I was so terrified that I was gunna lose a mirror or something but after a few cheek clenching moments and cuss words later I made it off of the two bridges and was so relieved, didn't hit anything or lose a mirror I might add

Interstate:

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

OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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Most all routes that are not interstate or US highways make me wonder.

Interstate:

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

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