Word Of Caution From A New Driver's Standpoint.

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Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Had a close call this afternoon on I-15 going through Salt Lake City. What saved me, and those ahead of me, was maintaining a safe following distance. Piece of tread caused the line of 4 wheelers to freak out and stop suddenly. Was able to get stopped with room to spare.

Needless to say that my actions not only saved my future career in trucking but possibly someones life!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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Way to go Dave! Thanks for posting about what seems to be an insignificant part of driving an up to 80,000 pound machine down a highway - your following distance.

It's often measured in seconds, and the absolute minimum should be 3 seconds. But following 8 seconds behind is best. And your experience shows why.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

LDRSHIP's Comment
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Errol, your missing your hat. How are we to recognize you without your signature hat. LoL

Andrew J.'s Comment
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I drove down I77 in West Virginia yesterday and saw a horrible accident at the bottom of a mountain backed up traffic. Driving throughout the Appalachian mountains I see so many trucks pass me as im doing 55 and stabbing the breaks it’s scary. I get scared going down the mountains loaded to the max.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Errol, your missing your hat. How are we to recognize you without your signature hat. LoL

Well ...... we'll see... 🤔

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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I drove down I77 in West Virginia yesterday and saw a horrible accident at the bottom of a mountain backed up traffic. Driving throughout the Appalachian mountains I see so many trucks pass me as im doing 55 and stabbing the breaks it’s scary. I get scared going down the mountains loaded to the max.

So true! Done a lot of mountain miles over the past week one thing became clear, gear selection and speed are critical. Seen a burnt trailer and no tractor on Homestake pass earlier this week. Makes one think!

Dave (formerly known as K's Comment
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Way to go Dave! Thanks for posting about what seems to be an insignificant part of driving an up to 80,000 pound machine down a highway - your following distance.

It's often measured in seconds, and the absolute minimum should be 3 seconds. But following 8 seconds behind is best. And your experience shows why.

It's a huge deal. More than anyone thinks. By the way, LA traffic sucks!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Diver Driver's Comment
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Errol, your missing your hat. How are we to recognize you without your signature hat. LoL

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Holy crap !! Working in the office has... how do I say this....ummm....matured your look. Are the students giving you that hard of a time ? Lol

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