How Can Truckers Protect Themselves From Being Attacked On The Road? Article By Rainy

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PackRat's Comment
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If I’m ever parked close by, I’m going to jump up on the running boards, then tap Morse coded messages to you through the back of the sleeper.

Bill R.'s Comment
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PackRat said:

If I’m ever parked close by, I’m going to jump up on the running boards, then tap Morse coded messages to you through the back of the sleeper.

I'll help!!! rofl-1.gifrofl-2.gif

Rainy, Great article, BTB...
Thanks,
Bill R

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Thought you guys would love this..

I am on hometime and drove my 80 year old mothers car. Down the side of the seat I found something interesting...

Like mother like daughter...

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i asked her what it was doing there and she said "I am an old lady. Some idiot might try something, but they will.pick the wrong old lady to mess with."

Bruce K.'s Comment
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You should upgrade her to a switchblade.

Army 's Comment
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I love old people... I get to help military retirees with there estate planning documents....the story’s they share are the best.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Excellent article. I always discuss personal safety with my trainees, just like my own trainer did. We were driving in Michigan the other night and he commented on how the rest areas were almost completely deserted there, where as everywhere else, they tend to be jam packed and trucks also lined up on the ramps. In Michigan rest areas they had several drivers attacked and beaten horribly within the last couple years. I'm not sure if the perpetrators were ever caught, but drivers in the know tend to avoid southern Michigan rest areas, myself included. They're not routinely patrolled and have no security, unlike Florida and a few other states with 24/7 security on site.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Susan, wow, I did not know that about southern Michigan. Thanks for the heads up!

Susan D. 's Comment
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It's happening all over but Michigan seems to be particularly bad.

Apparently More Attacks in Michigan Rest Areas

Susan D. 's Comment
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Lol wrong link... that's an old one, but if you Google drivers being attacked in rest areas, you see a long string of reputable news articles.

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Snoopy's Comment
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Helpful article thank you. Some of the points you make I haven't considered so it's always nice to have other ideas or suggestions that can help one if an incident happens. While I was reading the article I was thinking, WOW paranoia but at the same time being prepared and able to protect yourself is smart not paranoia. We always want to see people as being good but history shows us that all are not so knowing what to do to protect ourselves in a situation is being smart so we are not hospitalized or killed. I had mentioned one time before to someone that wasp spray can be a good item to have since they were not sure if pepper spray was OK to have in their truck. Wasp spray works just as well and will deter an attacker long enough to get help or get out of there. Great ideas that I will consider in the future that is for sure.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

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