Many Drivers Like To Use An Old-fashioned Road Atlas.....and The Telephone....but...

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Doug C.'s Comment
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Out of all the things that concern me about trucking as a new person, the navigation part is what worries me the most! Getting lost out there in the big world. But I know I can learn to do it.

Mr. Groves's Comment
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A picture speaks 1000 words so here are three....

NJ has pededstrian piers above the sandy beaches that connect hotels, amusements, and casinos. They are miles long and go through various towns. They are meant for people, bikes, and emergency vehicles only. Until I got into trucking i thought they were everywhere, but many people seem to not know what "boardwalks" are.

Anyway.. following the GPS got this driver onto the pier but then he continued to drive miles trying to find a way off. The beams supporting the boardwalk were not meant for our weight and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was caused.

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This one followed a GPS and was too stupid to know a ton is 2000 pounds. there was a weight limit sign and she ignored that. She destroyed a 100 year old bridge

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This one was probably following the GPS and ignored the clearance signs and ripped off the trailer roof.

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My point is....GPS and google are no match for the atlas. Google doesnt look for weight limits or clearances. Trucker GPSs will send you down narrow streets or tell you "low clearance one mile". Great! i drove 5 miles down a one lane road to get here and there are no parking lots to turn around so now i have back up for miles against the traffic.

Todd, the more you talk, the more you show why training is so so very important.

It looks like American infrastructure needs to seriously be reengineered and overhauled to accommodate modern commercial trucking. These low bridges are nothing short of archaic and medieval. America needs more truck-friendly streets and highways for economic and safety sense.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Seabee-J's Comment
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Great pics RainyD , You have to wonder where some basic common sense driving is with some people , If it looks wrong or like it wasn't meant for a rig then is probably is wrong . The boardwalk thing is unjustifiable . We have the same issue with parkways here in NY low 10ft overpasses and tiny lanes . GPS will drive you into a lake - The OFFICE

G-Town's Comment
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A picture speaks 1000 words so here are three....

NJ has pededstrian piers above the sandy beaches that connect hotels, amusements, and casinos. They are miles long and go through various towns. They are meant for people, bikes, and emergency vehicles only. Until I got into trucking i thought they were everywhere, but many people seem to not know what "boardwalks" are.

Anyway.. following the GPS got this driver onto the pier but then he continued to drive miles trying to find a way off. The beams supporting the boardwalk were not meant for our weight and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was caused.

0770202001546630802.jpg

This one followed a GPS and was too stupid to know a ton is 2000 pounds. there was a weight limit sign and she ignored that. She destroyed a 100 year old bridge

0614145001546630868.jpg

This one was probably following the GPS and ignored the clearance signs and ripped off the trailer roof.

0466294001546630954.jpg

My point is....GPS and google are no match for the atlas. Google doesnt look for weight limits or clearances. Trucker GPSs will send you down narrow streets or tell you "low clearance one mile". Great! i drove 5 miles down a one lane road to get here and there are no parking lots to turn around so now i have back up for miles against the traffic.

Todd, the more you talk, the more you show why training is so so very important.

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It looks like American infrastructure needs to seriously be reengineered and overhauled to accommodate modern commercial trucking. These low bridges are nothing short of archaic and medieval. America needs more truck-friendly streets and highways for economic and safety sense.

OMG. Todd is that you?

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

CK's Comment
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A picture speaks 1000 words so here are three....

NJ has pededstrian piers above the sandy beaches that connect hotels, amusements, and casinos. They are miles long and go through various towns. They are meant for people, bikes, and emergency vehicles only. Until I got into trucking i thought they were everywhere, but many people seem to not know what "boardwalks" are.

Anyway.. following the GPS got this driver onto the pier but then he continued to drive miles trying to find a way off. The beams supporting the boardwalk were not meant for our weight and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was caused.

0770202001546630802.jpg

This one followed a GPS and was too stupid to know a ton is 2000 pounds. there was a weight limit sign and she ignored that. She destroyed a 100 year old bridge

0614145001546630868.jpg

This one was probably following the GPS and ignored the clearance signs and ripped off the trailer roof.

0466294001546630954.jpg

My point is....GPS and google are no match for the atlas. Google doesnt look for weight limits or clearances. Trucker GPSs will send you down narrow streets or tell you "low clearance one mile". Great! i drove 5 miles down a one lane road to get here and there are no parking lots to turn around so now i have back up for miles against the traffic.

Todd, the more you talk, the more you show why training is so so very important.

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It looks like American infrastructure needs to seriously be reengineered and overhauled to accommodate modern commercial trucking. These low bridges are nothing short of archaic and medieval. America needs more truck-friendly streets and highways for economic and safety sense.

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OMG. Todd is that you?

G-Town, I just about fell out of my chair. Don't you guys have a way to to check ip adresses or host names? Obviously they can be defeated, but it's a good place to start in looking for that sort of thing.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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A picture speaks 1000 words so here are three....

NJ has pededstrian piers above the sandy beaches that connect hotels, amusements, and casinos. They are miles long and go through various towns. They are meant for people, bikes, and emergency vehicles only. Until I got into trucking i thought they were everywhere, but many people seem to not know what "boardwalks" are.

Anyway.. following the GPS got this driver onto the pier but then he continued to drive miles trying to find a way off. The beams supporting the boardwalk were not meant for our weight and hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage was caused.

0770202001546630802.jpg

This one followed a GPS and was too stupid to know a ton is 2000 pounds. there was a weight limit sign and she ignored that. She destroyed a 100 year old bridge

0614145001546630868.jpg

This one was probably following the GPS and ignored the clearance signs and ripped off the trailer roof.

0466294001546630954.jpg

My point is....GPS and google are no match for the atlas. Google doesnt look for weight limits or clearances. Trucker GPSs will send you down narrow streets or tell you "low clearance one mile". Great! i drove 5 miles down a one lane road to get here and there are no parking lots to turn around so now i have back up for miles against the traffic.

Todd, the more you talk, the more you show why training is so so very important.

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It looks like American infrastructure needs to seriously be reengineered and overhauled to accommodate modern commercial trucking. These low bridges are nothing short of archaic and medieval. America needs more truck-friendly streets and highways for economic and safety sense.

double-quotes-end.png

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OMG. Todd is that you?

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G-Town, I just about fell out of my chair. Don't you guys have a way to to check ip adresses or host names? Obviously they can be defeated, but it's a good place to start in looking for that sort of thing.

Brett only, has this capability.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

G-Town's Comment
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Mr. Groves...Mr. Groves knows what is needed...

It looks like American infrastructure needs to seriously be reengineered and overhauled to accommodate modern commercial trucking. These low bridges are nothing short of archaic and medieval. America needs more truck-friendly streets and highways for economic and safety sense.

Great idea...here is a thought, read signs that say:

Caution Low Bridge 12’ 6”

It doesn’t take more than half-a-brain to know better than driving a 13’6” high trailer under an overpass that is less than that height.

There is very basic, easy to read and highly conspicuous signage warning of low bridges. In addition GPS is a tool that is not foolproof and requires a driver trip plan utilizing the Rand McNally Truckers Atlas (has truck restricted routes marked) and basic common sense.

I suggest taking a good look at these links before posting again...thanks.

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  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
JoAnne EC's Comment
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"A picture speaks 1000 words so here are three...."

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OMG, Rainy!! Were they driving with their eyes closed?! Scary!

Old School's Comment
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G-Town's Comment
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"A picture speaks 1000 words so here are three...."

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OMG, Rainy!! Were they driving with their eyes closed?! Scary!

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A valid question. We constantly stress common sense and situational awareness. Scary isn’t it...

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