Truck Drivers And Their Non Truck Driving (like Cars)

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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I was just curious as to how your truck driving habits influence you when you drive your car or pickup, etc. Do you think truck driving has made you a better driver when you are not in your truck? Here's what triggered this question: (and this may interest no one but me rofl-3.gif Today , after getting home from company training, I had to get out my truck (E350 cargo van) and hook up my 22' tandem axel trailer to go pick up some material. As I started out, I noticed several changes in my normal driving. I was doing my mirror checks every 6 to 8 seconds, every time I turned I watched my trailer track, double checked my truck/trailer connection, did my walk around, just was more careful and vigilant this time. Previously, I was somewhat careless about these things. Never had an accident, but I can tell my company training is becoming instinctive. Just a random thought but it made me happy to observe this.

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".

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I have noticed that I take turns wide in my car sometimes and wait to pull out like I am driving a truck even though I have plenty of gap to make it in a car.

Biggest difference is lately I cant have anyone else drive, I feel like we are following too close or need to get out of the left lane and stay in the right lane. I even moved over for the scale when I was driving my mom to her doctor appointment.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Big T's Comment
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When I first got my license I had been out for almost three months but the time I went home. Going from Fontana to San Diego the scale just south of temecula was open. DOT got a kick out of the geo metro driving across the scale.

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.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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When I first got my license I had been out for almost three months but the time I went home. Going from Fontana to San Diego the scale just south of temecula was open. DOT got a kick out of the geo metro driving across the scale.

They would really get a kick if you where over weight!

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.

andhe78's Comment
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I have my wife do most of the driving together when I’m home, freaks me out not being able to see over all the cars so I know what’s happing way in front of me. Also feel like those tiny mirrors are worthless.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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I have noticed that I take turns wide in my car

Hahahaha! I do the same and my wife always gets on me "You're not in the truck!".

I cant have anyone else drive, I feel like we are following too close

Definitely agree. I cant stand when my wife drives. She has the typical 4 wheeler mentality of tailgating and waiting until the last moment to brake for lights. We'll be on the interstate and i can see up ahead traffic is slowing but here she is still doing 65 riding the bumper of the car in front of us. Needless to say she doesnt want to drive us around as much....

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Minnis B.'s Comment
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Pretty much the same everyone else has mentioned but I'll add that I recently traded my GMC Envoy for a 5 speed Silverado. Now when I pull up to a parking spot I find myself throwing it in neutral and reaching over on the dash to pop the brakes. I also have a bad habit of looking for the splitter when I hit 4th or letting off the fuel waiting for the jake to kick in and it never does lol.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

∆_Danielsahn_∆'s Comment
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A couple weeks ago, I stopped through a Love's, and drove right through the fuel island, pulled up to the line, got out of my car, and then just laughed at myself. A few miles down the road, I pulled into an open weigh station, because my pre pass didn't go off.

Jamie's Comment
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My wife likes to point out that I make wide turns while driving our car... How else does she think I'm going to get the 53 foot imaginary trailer around the corner? confused.gifwtf.gif

LDRSHIP's Comment
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TBH, I am more comfortable driving my truck than my POV. My POV’s (Dodge Journey) handling is too responsive. So are the brakes. I just don’t feel right when I drive it. Too low, mirrors too small. No hood mirrors. Just feels so........ foreign.

I haven’t done a weigh station yet, but I have pulled into the truck side of pilots more than once. I use Pilots on trips because you get 3 cents off the gallon with your rewards card. It is also easier for me to plan my fuel stops at pilots rather than this gas station or that. Pilots are all over. LoL

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