Tailgating At 75 Mph

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Today I picked up my car from the terminal and headed home on I41 in Wisconsin. I was in a line of traffic, right lane, 2 trucks in front of me and 1 behind. Speed limit 70. Everybody in my lane was doing 75, which I thought was unusual because you don't normally see 3 trucks in the "slow" lane all cruising at 75. Another car was in the passing lane, matching our speed and not gaining on the convoy in my lane. A tractor hauling a big dumpster comes roaring up behind the car in the left lane and gets within 4 feet of the car's rear bumper. Left lane car is not gaining, I'm trapped in the right lane, and the dumpster truck stays glued to the car's bumper at 75mph for miles. The dumpster truck starts flashing his brights behind the offending car. Finally, I decided to reduce my speed gradually which opened up a spot for the terrified car driver to pull into the right lane. Then the dumpster truck accelerated and was gone. He must have been going 80 to pull away from everybody else.

Stuff like this is just playing Russian Roulette with a lot of lives. Unfortunately for the dumpster driver, the company name, phone number and truck number was on the passenger side door. I would just venture to guess he's in big trouble at this time. Just saying, don't these guys ever stop to think how easy it is to get called in and reported when all that info is printed on the doors?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Army 's Comment
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Yeah when I see that I feel like the driver is trying to force people out of the fast lane thru aggressive driving. I get it, pass and get over. Sadly it happens with cars, trucks who ever. There is no shortage of “mass”holes driving on the roads.... that’s the name Granite Staters give to Massachusetts drivers lol

Tractor Man's Comment
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Had an a hole trucker do that to me last week in Tucson on I-10. I was in my personal vehicle, a Honda Fit. Basically the size of a large Rollerskate! He was about 2 feet or less from the back of my car, furiously flashing his high beams. I was passing 2 trucks that were in the right lane, I was in the 2nd lane, and there were cars to my left in the 3rd lane. I sped up to move right and get out of his way. Tried to get the name of the company and tractor # as he went past. Was unable as I was intent on saving my life. No company name or # on the side or rear of the trailer. I honestly thought he was going to hit me from behind. I really wanted to follow him and shoot him in the head!

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Keith A.'s Comment
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Those kinds of drivers are about the only thing that makes me consider getting a dashcam so I have video evidence to pass on to the company, truth be told.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matthew W.'s Comment
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Dash cam won't show what is happening behind you, bit it will protect you if someone does something stupid infront of you and then tries to blame it on you in court. Id get one for that reason, always cya my friend.

Jamie's Comment
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Dash cam won't show what is happening behind you, bit it will protect you if someone does something stupid infront of you and then tries to blame it on you in court. Id get one for that reason, always cya my friend.

You can get front and back dash cams for cars.

PackRat's Comment
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Dash cam won't show what is happening behind you, bit it will protect you if someone does something stupid infront of you and then tries to blame it on you in court. Id get one for that reason, always cya my friend.

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You can get front and back dash cams for cars.

You can get them for trucks, too. Mine shows three views, anywhere I want to position the camera.

Keith A.'s Comment
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I know it won't cover behind me I'm thinking more when I see 'x' driver doing it to others on the road.

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