Might Have Prevented A Minor Accident

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Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I might have help provent a minor accident for another driver. We where stopped in traffic on 80/94 east bound and I noticed the guy next to me rolling back quite a bit, when his cab finally got next to me he was playing on his GPS and didnt notice that he was rolling i reached for my air horn but forgot i was back in a KW and the air horn is on the driver side, so I was frantically pulling at nothing but luckily it was enough movement to get his attention and he slammed on his brakes.

Not sure how far he was from hitting the car behind him but he had to have rolled back about 30 feet.

Remeber even when traffic is stopped to pay attention to your surroundings

Army 's Comment
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Nice... at least you were paying attention. Hopefully the other driver gave you the appreciation you deserved.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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so I was frantically pulling at nothing but luckily it was enough movement to get his attention and he slammed on his brakes.

The other guy has been telling the story a little differently. He's like, "Man, I didn't realize my truck was rolling backward but the guy next to me was being attacked by a bee or something! He was swatting frantically at the air around him and it caught my attention. That bee probably saved me from crunching the car behind me!"

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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so I was frantically pulling at nothing but luckily it was enough movement to get his attention and he slammed on his brakes.

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The other guy has been telling the story a little differently. He's like, "Man, I didn't realize my truck was rolling backward but the guy next to me was being attacked by a bee or something! He was swatting frantically at the air around him and it caught my attention. That bee probably saved me from crunching the car behind me!"

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That's hilarious! I've done some minor unintended backing myself, usually from forgetting to set the air brakes. All new drivers need to develop "mental checklists" for every common scenario. Saves a lot of grief. I found out early on that I needed to go through the appropriate checklist every time I stopped. I needed to think about what I had to change my service duty to before I opened the door, for example, fueling; scaling; load/unload; etc. Many other examples of the value of "mental checklists".

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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The way people tailgate when stopped I cannot believe he didn't hit somebody. Good job bobcat.

Jrod's Comment
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Not sure how far he was from hitting the car behind him but he had to have rolled back about 30 feet.

Remeber even when traffic is stopped to pay attention to your surroundings

I did that at in my regular car in a left turn lane waiting to get on to US-75 North in Bellevue, NE. Except I rolled FORWARD!

Was driving into the sun which was a perfect angle so that my sun visor couldn't block it effectively. So I'm just sitting there, messing with my visor when suddenly "TAP-CRUNCH!"

I rearended a cop on his way to work. A COP. In a bright yellow Toyata FJ. The look on my face when he gets out of his car and he's in full uniform...probably priceless. "Morning Officer - lovely commute we're having today, eh? Just figured I'd roll into you and see how you were doing."

On my way to work...

Even if a safe situation - if you lose focus for a minute, bad things can happen.

But seriously... a cop?

And of course he didn't let it go. And he had to call ANOTHER cop to make the OFFICIAL report. Good times!

PlanB's Comment
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Oh boy I used to have a bad habbit of not applying enough pressure to the brake while stopped on an incline. Id be holding the brake, but not quite enough. Broke that habit before it ever got me into trouble.

When I was taking my CDL exam I had the examiner in the passenger seat and I was doing one last triple/quadruple check of everything before I took my foot off the break. Examiner in a calm voice, "Just so you know we're rolling." (I slam breake pedal to the floor jerking our heads back into the headrests) Examiner in same calm voice, "All good, begin when ready."

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