Truck Driver Tries A Shortcut, Gets Snagged On Building In Viral Video

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Rob T.'s Comment
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The “G.O.A.L.” should have occurred several times before the driver got that far into the turn. I see evidence of mistakes like this at every Walmart I deliver to; scraped walls, bent dock polls, tire scuffs in light standards and tire ruts in landscaped areas.

Embarrassing and definitely NOT how the overwhelming majority of Swift drivers would have executed that maneuver. Fact is a thorough pretrip including an overhead satellite view using Google Maps, could have prevented this.

I see the same things at many of the grocery stores I deliver to. There is no way of knowing if it's our drivers or 3rd party vendors (soda, beer, etc.) But I do know it isn't swift as they dont deliver there smile.gif When I find out what my route will be I ALWAYS satellite view the stores and any backhauls. I like to know ahead of time the layout so I can approach the store in the correct direction to hit the dock without needing to circle around. It's very helpful with my backhauls knowing how to approach so I can avoid blind siding In especially if I'm backing in off the street. We have a few stores I've been to that require the tandems to be completely forward. I prefer rolling with them towards the rear to avoid as much swing as possible so there's days I'm moving them several times a day. It gets to be a pain in the butt in the cold and inclement weather but its a lot better than damaging property or landscaping. Satellite view wont give you a totally accurate picture of what's going on currently, but atleast it's a starting point. Still need to use common sense.

Tandems:

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".

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".

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Marc Lee's Comment
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If they just didn't have that big Swift painted across their trailers...

It's the Best in Class that always gets me!

G-Town's Comment
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If they just didn't have that big Swift painted across their trailers...

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It's the Best in Class that always gets me!

How so Marc?

Marc Lee's Comment
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If they just didn't have that big Swift painted across their trailers...

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It's the Best in Class that always gets me!

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How so Marc?

When so clearly visible on the trailer when the driver makes an error so bad that it winds up online...

No slam intended. Just sayin'.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I've been to several company locations where damaged trailers and a few tractors were stored. I mean wrecked trailers and tractors. Every one of these wrecked units has a story behind it. They don't normally self destruct, so I always wonder if it was driver error or maybe the driver was not at fault, but couldn't avoid another vehicle. Maybe leaving those wrecks in the yard is good, as a reminder to all that pass to be careful. I'm not in the loop that decides what to do with wrecked equipment, so I don't know the reasons, or lack of reasons. All I know is that it is very sobering to stand near one of these wrecked behemoths and contemplate the damage and imagine the forces involved. That is one of the big reasons we network with other drivers; to learn the easy way to avoid those costly mistakes. It's sad to see from an actual video what causes these wrecks, and unfortunately there are too many out there on You Tube, etc.

Of course, none of us are happy that incidents like this take place. But like the warning videos we watched in school, they do teach vivid lessons in safety and caution.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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If they just didn't have that big Swift painted across their trailers...

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It's the Best in Class that always gets me!

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How so Marc?

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When so clearly visible on the trailer when the driver makes an error so bad that it winds up online...

No slam intended. Just sayin'.

It’s a marketing/branding message that applies to customer service and performance.

Entry level drivers make mistakes no matter what company they drive for. Swift has more entry level drivers than any other TL carrier.

I’d strongly suggest the driver in the first seat was either a trainee or solo for just a short time.

LDRSHIP's Comment
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I've been to several company locations where damaged trailers and a few tractors were stored. I mean wrecked trailers and tractors. Every one of these wrecked units has a story behind it. They don't normally self destruct, so I always wonder if it was driver error or maybe the driver was not at fault, but couldn't avoid another vehicle. Maybe leaving those wrecks in the yard is good, as a reminder to all that pass to be careful. I'm not in the loop that decides what to do with wrecked equipment, so I don't know the reasons, or lack of reasons. All I know is that it is very sobering to stand near one of these wrecked behemoths and contemplate the damage and imagine the forces involved. That is one of the big reasons we network with other drivers; to learn the easy way to avoid those costly mistakes. It's sad to see from an actual video what causes these wrecks, and unfortunately there are too many out there on You Tube, etc.

Of course, none of us are happy that incidents like this take place. But like the warning videos we watched in school, they do teach vivid lessons in safety and caution.

We had a team that had a brand new tractor and trailer, first loaded run for both, end up destroying both. They were cut off by a 4 wheeler. Had 2 choices, run over the 4 wheeler or take the ditch. They opted for the ditch. The tractor sat in one of the shop’s bay and the trailer in the yard for what seemed like forever, while Wolding figured out what they were going to do with them. They ended up deciding to have both rebuilt.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Marc Lee's Comment
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I’d strongly suggest the driver in the first seat was either a trainee or solo for just a short time.

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Please elaborate G-Town...

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I’d strongly suggest the driver in the first seat was either a trainee or solo for just a short time.

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Please elaborate G-Town...

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Marc, if G-Town replies to that, it'll be interesting but I think he was stating the obvious.

G-Town's Comment
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I’d strongly suggest the driver in the first seat was either a trainee or solo for just a short time.

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Please elaborate G-Town...

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Marc, if G-Town replies to that, it'll be interesting but I think he was stating the obvious.

Bruce thanks for “getting it”.

Marc to elaborate a tad bit further, it’s a basic, signature type of mistake an entry level driver will typically make no matter what company they drive for.

I suggest focusing on the proactive measures required so that no one in this forum ends up in the same predicament.

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