Turn On Your CB!

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Today i seen a driver on I80 with a ton of smoke coming from his tires. Myself and other drivers were calling out to him on the CB and got no response. The driver in front of me was able to get in front of him and slow down with his hazards on to ATTEMPT to get his attention. As I passed them the guy was talking on his headset and completely unaware of anything going on. I dont know what happened, or how long it took him to be aware of the situation.

Couple hours before that at the Knoxville Illinois Loves off i74 I stopped on my way back to grab a coffee. Starting my day at 10 or 11pm I feel like I hit a brick wall around 8am. Because I was going to run in and out real quick I pulled ahead to the line at fuel pumps (even though nearly empty) and noticed something about the truck next to me......

0717579001562365891.jpg when he pulled ahead he didnt remove the nozzle. When I went inside I informed the fuel desk about it and they quickly went outside and we seen the guy drive off dragging it around the parking lot and ultimately down the road despite a driver next to us calling out on the CB. Hearing all the garbage on the CB definitely gets annoying but it's a very valuable tool. One of the most eventful days I've had in a while. Boring = good smile.gif

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I agree 100% Rob. I've been saying for years that I feel a CB is a mandatory piece of safety equipment. I've watched it prevent accidents or other major problems a million times over the years.

You can watch YouTube videos of pile-ups where one truck after another come barrelling into an accident scene in heavy snow or fog. You know there are a dozen trucks on the CB yelling at those guys to back it down but they don't have a CB on. Instead a bunch of lives are lost, equipment is wrecked, and careers are ended. It's heartbreaking to watch that sort of thing happen knowing how easily it could've been prevented.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.


Operating While Intoxicated

Tractor Man's Comment
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Many Drivers today do not even own one. Title should be, Buy a CB, hook it up, turn it on. Could not agree more with both of the above comments.

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Morning of the 4th driving from Knoxville to Atlanta, I hear on the CB. "Hey guy who just passed the prime truck at exit 62, your outside rearmost right side tire is gone." Never heard an answer, I was a couple miles ahead. I was going past exit 40 something and a truck from a company based in Chattanooga passes me. Rearmost right rear tire mostly gone, can see each side of the rim, guessing he was empty and in a hurry. Possibly trying to get home for the holiday. Rim wasn't sparking, regardless I backed way off, trying to hail him on the CB with no success.

PackRat's Comment
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He probably didn’t have a CB. I have to say nowadays most drivers don’t have one, as Tractor Man wrote. Same as a lot of drivers today don’t look in their mirrors either.

Susan D. 's Comment
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My CB is currently on the fritz and I'm so lost without it. Every time I can get near a cb shop lately, its been closed. I rarely talk on a radio but they sure are handy for stuff like that. I've had them save me more than a couple times.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I finally broke down and bought one three or four months ago. I totally agree when I see what you posted Rob. I've only had three or four short interactions since I bought it. Mostly I hear people asking for radio checks. But twice other drivers were referring to me. Once when I was at my greatest delivery nightmare when a driver saw what I was dealing with and asked if he could get out ahead of me. And another on I-40 at the Carolina line where the rockslide was telling me to go ahead and get over. Other than that I've not heard a thing on the CB. I take that back... I do get amused when I hear drivers asking about having any effing brains... when they cut them off or do something stupid.


Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Grew up with CBs at home and in the cars lol . Dad was a buff liked "shootin skip" to Aussieland etc.....His last base station was a Galaxy big ole thing fm bands etc sliders and a 1000 watt linear beside it. They came in handy back before we had beepers, cell phones ....Once on way home from work at Pepsi in Torrance, 12 am I stopped at our local 7-11 for a coffee, when 2 sheriffs pulled in behind me to check me out lol I locked my cb mic "ON": since I was talking to mom at the time, so she could "hear" all that was going on, "just in case"

Eh they were bored with nothing better to do, ran their checks , looked thru my car and went on their way. 1 played bad cop other good cop was kinda funny, white dude in the "Hood, is my guess.

Learnt that if ya wanna screw with someone's base station thats tearing up the channel's to put a straight pin in their coax cable, next time, they key up the mic it fries their finals.... Or like pop's and few his buddies, they tracked this guy down using some looped doo hickey, hooked a chain to his crank up tower, and yanked it out of the ground, dragging it down the street a ways lol

I ran a tweaked Cobra LT 29 w/ 100 watt kicker in my car....worked great


Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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