Had Minor Fender Bender Today.

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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As weird as it is going to sound a minor accident early is good imo. As long as you learn from it and take the preventive steps to avoid it from happening again.

Back in December 2017 I had my only two accidents, I pulled out from under a trailer without lowering the legs, then two days later I was so worried about lowering legs, I forgot to unhook air lines from the dolly. Those 2 incidents tought me make sure I do everything in same order and then double check to make sure nothing was missed.

I got my 1 year of safety award since I haven't had any accidents since.

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Hey G, the QC never led me astray when I was at the Pottsville DC!!! wink wink.

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G-Town's Comment
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Hey G, the QC never led me astray when I was at the Pottsville DC!!! wink wink.

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Your secret is safe with me...

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Tractor Man's Comment
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I just wanted to see the Wallyworld training route!shocked.png

G-Town's Comment
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I just wanted to see the Wallyworld training route!shocked.png

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I was on that route last week in the opposite direction, of course empty. All the more fun when heavy...like you probably were.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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So sorry to hear that Raptor- sounds stressful =(

Here's hoping today goes MUCH better for you!

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Thanks, JoAnne

It's a better day. I haven't unloaded yet, I got here early, but Ithi k theyare going to make me wait until 1030 mountain time.

But at least the truck is warm inside.

When I got here it was 27 and it has warmed to 32. Now that is progress.

Raptor

Don's Comment
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Google Maps overhead has got me out of a few pickles these past 9 months.

Get an overhead satellite view on Google maps to see where you are,where you need to be and how to get there. Is there a safe place to turn around up ahead? Maybe a big parking lot

G-Town's Comment
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Rob D rides motorcycles and deals with idiots...

G-Town

As you might guess from my profile picture, I ride motorcycles so I have some experience with looking out for idiot drivers. As a motorcyclist I also know that you can't ride with the attitude "I have the right of way." Doesn't matter who had the right of way, it's my *ss on the ground. So I have learned to drive with the expectation that I need to anticipate bad drivers to avoid accidents. Idiot drivers don't stress me out, I just wave and smile. The big differences that I see with a truck is 1) way bigger and heavier vehicle and 2) I can't just twist the throttle and leave the idiot behind.

Despite the idiot drivers, I love riding my motorcycle. It's probably my most relaxing hobby. And even when I'm traveling in a car, I like driving.

Rob, your visibility on a motorcycle is completely unobstructed. No blind spots and you can easily get out of trouble because your machine is lightening quick, nimble, can stop on a dime, and is highly maneuverable. Size is definitely a factor and contributes to most of the challenges driving a semi. Everything takes longer, everything requires way more space and you must constantly look in front of you and in your mirrors. Situational awareness and space management must be constantly be vigilantly maintained. We manage a moving building, up to 80,000 lbs. of mass and 72 feet in length. Not trying to minimize your skill as a motorcycle operator...but frankly there isn't a comparison to be made. "Totally Relaxing" out here can get you killed.

Rob wants to know...

So let me ask you this: Even with the idiot drivers, when you get out of a city and you're just rolling down four-lane interstate , do you enjoy it?

I enjoy it "period"...whether city, interstate, local, docking, spotting trailers, or the relationships with the Driver Support Team; I have embraced all aspects of the experience and love what I do. My preference however is to be on a country road, rolling through the hills and valleys of the rural North East.

Not going to kid you though,...the first few months were very, very difficult, felt like quitting at least once. My love for the job was earned over time and acquired through experience.

Interstate:

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

Don's Comment
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I meant Google Satellite View.

Get an overhead satellite view on Google maps to see where you are,where you need to be and how to get there. Is there a safe place to turn around up ahead? Maybe a big parking lot

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