Drivers Who Speed Up When You Pass

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Kevin K's Comment
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I have had driving jobs for 25 years but only recently started driving a truck that's governed at 65. It seems like every night I come up on another truck going 62-ish and when I start to pass them they bump it up a notch and block me from getting back over. When I finally do crawl past them and get back over they slow down again.

The last thing I want to do when someone is slowly passing me is speed up, prolong the process, and aggravate the other driver. I just bump the cruise off for a second and dim my lights when it's safe for them to get back over.

What is the mentality behind this?

Has it always been like this?

PJ's Comment
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Can you spell duma**. There are plenty out here for sure. The industry has a vast amount of steering wheel holders instead of proffessional truck drivers these days.

Bre The Newbie 's Comment
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I dont understand the logic behind that either. When i see i have trucks behind me, i either slow down a little and turn my flashers in hopes of letting them know its ok to pass or pull into a turnout and let traffic pass. I try to be as courteous as possible. Ive only been out solo for 3 months and i see this alot. Im just not the one to speed up if a truck is trying to pass.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Amen, I get this all the time. It seems that they either realize that they were going too slow and bump it up or as PJ said they're a dumba**. It seems that more are being that way. I hate having to pass anyone if I don't have to. But with the governed vehicles and all aren't governed alike, it's what it is. Professionalism has mostly gone now. I have been getting ones that could care less if you have clicked your high beams at them so you are given the ok to come back in the lane after passing you. Most new drivers don't have the courtesy to either use their 4 ways or use their circuit interrupt. I'm not looking to become long last friends, but courtesy has taken a backseat to the "me,me,me generation. Ok no more whining.

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Rob T.'s Comment
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There have been a couple instances I'm guilty of what you're talking about. I usually dont run against my governor (70) but some days I do if theres no traffic and I have a big day. One time I was coming out of a 55 mph construction zone and hadn't quite reached the sign telling me "end work zone". Raider Express truck (governed at 62 I believe) moved over to try and pass as speed limit went back up to 70 and I took off ultimately forcing him back behind me. Had there been any other traffic on the road I would have allowed him to pass me and then passed him when safe to do so instead of trapping him in the left lane with cars passing on the right.

I have been getting ones that could care less if you have clicked your high beams at them so you are given the ok to come back in the lane after passing you.

please DONT do that. High beams are a great way to blind the other driver and possibly cause road rage. I actually prefer a driver not trying to signal me over at all unless my lane is ending/emergency vehicle on my side and they're slowing up to allow me in or inclement weather. I know when I'm clear and dont need another driver trying to dictate my actions. That's just my personal preference, though I will flash my marker lights to thank them.

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Don's Comment
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What is even worse are the yahoo's who pass you, then merge back into the lane about 10-20 feet ahead of you or so and then slow down! I have had a few drivers do this in torrential rains where visibility is affected, not to mention during this past Winter. That really ****es me off. Needless to say, I back off and remain wary of them until either they move further ahead.

MC1371's Comment
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It's not always a conscious decision. Lots of fleets with 65 governors on them. They lock it in and forget it. Now depending on load and road grade theyll yoyo up and down. Back when I was driving for a mega it was easier and less stressful to lock at 63 and just let everyone pass.

*Annoying is driving a 75mph truck behind a 65mph truck passing a 64.5mph truck.

And has been discussed repeatedly. If you're in the right lane and have a creeper trying to pass. Back off and let them go.

Kevin K's Comment
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I actually prefer a driver not trying to signal me over at all unless my lane is ending/emergency vehicle on my side and they're slowing up to allow me in or inclement weather. I know when I'm clear and dont need another driver trying to dictate my actions. That's just my personal preference, though I will flash my marker lights to thank them.

I hear you on this. "I don't need your help - but thanks for your help" lol.

I will dim just to let them know that I'm not a dink and won't speed back up on them. Sometimes I'm in a good mood too and just saying hi to a fellow driver.

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Kevin K's Comment
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^^^^ in response to Rob T.

Michael B.'s Comment
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As well as those trucks getting on the highway so you move over to let them on then they get up beside you and pace you before you can get back over. Dude, I just moved over to help YOU out and this is how you thank me?

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