Called A Driver Complaint In

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Rob T.'s Comment
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On my way home from work in my personal vehicle I dealt with quite an aggressive driver. Normally I'm understanding to truck drivers, but when I'm doing 67 in a 65 and I look in my mirror and all i can see is your grill? That's BS.

I was on I80/I35 north of des moines and in center lane. Traffic wasn't too heavy and I was passing a different truck on right who also had other cars in front of him. This guy behind me had to have been within a foot of my back bumper. I ended up speeding up quite a bit just to get away from him then he laid on the horn as he passed me. Thankfully he had the "hows my driving" sticker on the trailer. I kept my distance but called it in. Most times truck drivers are looked at in a negative light by the public and crap like this doesnt help. There is absolutely no room for that kind of behavior. I don't expect anything to happen to him besides being talked to but atleast its documented so if it's a complaint they get numerous times they can deal with him accordingly.

RealDiehl's Comment
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On my way home from work in my personal vehicle I dealt with quite an aggressive driver. Normally I'm understanding to truck drivers, but when I'm doing 67 in a 65 and I look in my mirror and all i can see is your grill? That's BS.

I was on I80/I35 north of des moines and in center lane. Traffic wasn't too heavy and I was passing a different truck on right who also had other cars in front of him. This guy behind me had to have been within a foot of my back bumper. I ended up speeding up quite a bit just to get away from him then he laid on the horn as he passed me. Thankfully he had the "hows my driving" sticker on the trailer. I kept my distance but called it in. Most times truck drivers are looked at in a negative light by the public and crap like this doesnt help. There is absolutely no room for that kind of behavior. I don't expect anything to happen to him besides being talked to but atleast its documented so if it's a complaint they get numerous times they can deal with him accordingly.

That annoys me! Just because a driver is going 70 does not mean everyone else needs to speed up to accommodate him/her. Unless the left lane was closed to trucks he could have moved over to pass.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Unless the left lane was closed to trucks he could have moved over to pass.

Exactly. I'm not aware of any highways in iowa that wont allow trucks in left lane. There were some cars in that lane but he had enough space he could've gotten over without cutting anyone off. It was the first time I've ever seen something that ridiculous that I've felt the need to call it in.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I have called the number on the back of Hy-Vee delivery vans a couple of times. One time the guy was either texting and driving or he was intoxicated out of his mind. All over the road. Just happened to get the store manager that answered the phone in that case. I'm pretty sure he was sent to get tested... I do wish every vehicle on the road had a number we could call... It would be a way to cull the herd so to speak. Get these idiot drivers off the road.

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Every line of work has hotheads. In my opinion you did the right thing in that instance. Hopefully he gets dealt with and accepts the correction, but that old saying about not being able to fix stupid might apply here. I’m very happy that the vast majority of drivers are safe and courteous. I know everybody who participates in this forum gets schooled in those two things.

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Rob T.'s Comment
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I do wish every vehicle on the road had a number we could call...

I'd love that. Too often people think their invincible, especially in a truck, and itd be nice for them to be held accountable all the time not just when there's an accident. I've been noticing it quite a bit lately on I35 headed north to MN drivers watching videos on a phone mounted next to drivers door. I understand it's a boring drive especially at 1am but things can happen real quick out there. Unfortunately I'm sure the calls those stickers generate are 99-1 people wanting to complain about someone's driving. Most people are too busy to offer any compliment. In my year and a half or so of driving I've only ever received one call to my knowledge. It was my first week out of CDL school and my trainer explained the situation and I indeed did everything correctly. I admit there's probably been times where I've done something that someone has cussed about, but it hasn't been to the point of being called in.

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LDRSHIP's Comment
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I’ve had someone call and complain on me. I was on I-75 SB out of Knoxville, TN. I came up on a truck that was traveling slower than I was. The nearest vehicle behind me was a pickup about a quarter mile back. I began passing the other truck. The pickup driver was hauling butt. He came flying up to the rear of my trailer then slammed his brakes. He whipped it over to the right lane and sped up until he almost hit the rear of the truck I was passing. Slammed his brakes again. Once the rear of my trailer passed the rear of the trailer of the truck I was passing, this guy cuts off a line of cars. Rides my bumper until I get back over. Comes flying up beside my cab, slows down, honks his horn, gives me a double bird out of his sunroof, cuts ME off, and speeds away. The last reading my OnGuard had on his speed was 86 mph. He called in to complain that I cut him off. He was a quarter mile back when I moved over.

G-Town's Comment
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Exactly why I’m glad I have a camera with a manual upload button (aka the “oh sh** switch”) to collect court admissible evidence on idiots like you described.

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Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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G-town, is that a company supplied mounted camera or one you got yourself? Brand and model if you have that info? Thanks

G-Town's Comment
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G-town, is that a company supplied mounted camera or one you got yourself? Brand and model if you have that info? Thanks

Swift company issued. “Lytx” is the camera technology.

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