$150 Rookie Mistake

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Hobo's Comment
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Driving from Huntington WV to S. Carolina this morning. Brakes were good during the pre-trip but I noticed I was losing too much pressure when braking after I cleared the big hills. PSI never dropped below 120 but I was going to schedule service after my drop which was about 90 minutes away.

6 miles before my drop in BFE, SC a state trooper pulled me over for a random level 2.

Out of service, waiting for the mechanic. Pockets $150 lighter. Won't do that again.

NeeklODN's Comment
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Driving from Huntington WV to S. Carolina this morning. Brakes were good during the pre-trip but I noticed I was losing too much pressure when braking after I cleared the big hills. PSI never dropped below 120 but I was going to schedule service after my drop which was about 90 minutes away.

6 miles before my drop in BFE, SC a state trooper pulled me over for a random level 2.

Out of service, waiting for the mechanic. Pockets $150 lighter. Won't do that again.

I'm confused on how you were losing too much pressure but it never dropped below 120. Those two statements are contradictory.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob D.'s Comment
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I'm confused:

What violation put you out service?

Hobo's Comment
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I was losing 15 psi when I applied the brakes which didn't happen before so I figured I had a leak.

PackRat's Comment
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I think a bigger lesson here is to never overlook safety. If something doesn't seem right, stop and figure out why.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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I think a bigger lesson here is to never overlook safety. If something doesn't seem right, stop and figure out why.

If you pull over and stop because you suspect or identify a mechanical problem, and a trooper pulls up behind you to see what the problem is, you will not get a ticket. Am I correct or not?

PackRat's Comment
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I think a bigger lesson here is to never overlook safety. If something doesn't seem right, stop and figure out why.

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If you pull over and stop because you suspect or identify a mechanical problem, and a trooper pulls up behind you to see what the problem is, you will not get a ticket. Am I correct or not?

No ticket. Just pull over in a safe location, flashers on, triangles displayed correctly (hardly ever see this happen). If a LEO stops, explain the situation.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Driving from Huntington WV to S. Carolina this morning. Brakes were good during the pre-trip but I noticed I was losing too much pressure when braking after I cleared the big hills. PSI never dropped below 120 but I was going to schedule service after my drop which was about 90 minutes away.

6 miles before my drop in BFE, SC a state trooper pulled me over for a random level 2.

Out of service, waiting for the mechanic. Pockets $150 lighter. Won't do that again.

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I'm confused on how you were losing too much pressure but it never dropped below 120. Those two statements are contradictory.

If your braking is Limited, the truck's air compressor will keep up with some pressure loss. The applied pressure test allows you to lose up to 4 PSI in a minute trauma on a combination.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Bruce says

you pull over and stop because you suspect or identify a mechanical problem, and a trooper pulls up behind you to see what the problem is, you will not get a ticket. Am I correct or not?

I'm not sure, I believe it was Susan who had blown a tire and was sitting on the side of the road and received a ticket for it.

Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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As in every profession, there are Troopers who sometimes don't exercise the best use of discretion. Technically, the fact that the tire blew means that it was defective. If your discussion with the officer indicates to him that you knew the tire was in danger of going, then justifiable citation. Out of the blue, Tire blows, get a ticket for defective equipment, well, he was probably picked on in high school. embarrassed.gif

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