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

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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A valid question. We constantly stress common sense and situational awareness. Scary isn’t it...

Terrifying, G-Town! I frequently wonder how some people hold a driver's license of any sort. You guys and gals who've been out there a while must have stories to tell!!

I can't wait to join you all on the road in a few years but the thought of sharing the road with drivers like the ones in Rainy's pix makes me an extra healthy dose of nervous. You're in charge of a many tens of thousands of pounds of potential killing machine - use your brain!!!

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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The moderators here are some of the most patient people I have ever conversed with on a forum, and I participate on and have ran a quite a few forums.

They are definitely not antisocial.

Myself on the other hand? Yes, that could be said. I have no time nor patience for trolls or ignorant questions.

The moderators here will tell you how it is and don’t coddle you, but no matter how ignorant the question, they will still patiently answer.

Jeff Rockholt's Comment
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I'm going to be the misfit here. I keep an Atlas around for bridge law and state by state regulations, etc. The company-provided GPS sucks because once you get off route, it doesn't reroute. It doesn't care where you are, if it ain't the right road, you have to pull off and wait for it to reroute. I use my personal trucker GPS for general routing. As soon as I get my load info, I look up the destination on the Google map app and find out the total miles. I divide the miles by my predicted average speed. 750 miles ÷ 50 = 15 hrs. If most of the route is freeway, I can up the average. If it's curvy 2 laners, I'll drop it. Then I round or add an hour for heavy traffic or other possible unforeseen problems. I also play with the app, or Trucker Path to find good reasonable places to stop. I also use street view and satellite view to verify the GPS routing from the freeway to the receiver. Which also helps me know what the backing is going to be like. I drove tour bus for 800,000 miles and I've driven truck for 150,000. When I was driving bus I would make sure I was able to tell passengers the ETA and was seldom delayed. You have to manage expectations in that business, lol. It's helped me be on time in trucking too. I'm not telling anyone to do it like me. I'm sure some will think this is asinine. But it works for me. I run recap most of the time and I can't handle the stress of being behind schedule. Being in a hurry kills people. I use the modern tools God gave me 😆. Also, without video chat, I don't know how I could do this job. I at least get to see my kids open their Christmas presents if I'm not there. Hats off to you truckers who had to use payphones back in the day and do everything on paper. And Hats off to anyone who still does.

Navypoppop's Comment
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We can only hope that Brett will review every post Todd has made and the fact that he surely must be a troll because no matter what question he asks or how many responses he receives he continues to ask and never takes any advice. He needs to be banned for life.

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