Unwritten Trucker Pro-Tips (Feat. Kearsey)

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Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Anytime someone in a four wheeler sees a space they can fit in they will, plan accordingly.

PackRat's Comment
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This will not apply everywhere, but can throw a curve ball at your time clock. When traveling through some major cities, keep in mind major sporting events such as pro/college football, NASCAR, MLB, NBA, music festivals, state fairs, etc. These can dramatically increase traffic and even temporarily close down roads.

One example I can think of is the total solar eclipse a couple years ago. Cars along the optimal viewing area were everywhere stopped, or driving distracted.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Packrat thinks a once-in-a-lifetime natural event is just another football game:

One example I can think of is the total solar eclipse a couple years ago. Cars along the optimal viewing area were everywhere stopped, or driving distracted.

You were driving though the total solar eclipse? My brain is exploding. (but that's just me.) wtf-2.gif

Ralph D.'s Comment
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I live on the coast of Washington and drove to central Oregon (Prineville) to watch the eclipse. I drove down the night before so traffic was fine but leaving was a different story. What is normally a 5 hour drive became a 9-10 hour drive, it was crazy but absolutely worth it!

PackRat's Comment
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Packrat thinks a once-in-a-lifetime natural event is just another football game:

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One example I can think of is the total solar eclipse a couple years ago. Cars along the optimal viewing area were everywhere stopped, or driving distracted.

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You were driving though the total solar eclipse? My brain is exploding. (but that's just me.) wtf-2.gif

I was in Indiana on I-65, supposedly near an ideal viewing area. From what I observed, it barely darkened for about 15 minutes. I wasn't very impressed, considering the weeks of media hype leading up to it.

I've seen much more visually impressive events at sea around the world in the USN.

Dave S (formerly known as's Comment
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If you can time it correctly, go through metropolitan areas in the early mornings.

Some examples: LA is a breeze @ 02:00. Same with Las Vegas, Salt Lake City (including Provo & Ogden), Kansas City (both sides), Denver, Boise and Omaha.

A little advanced trip planning can save hours by not setting in a jam.

PlanB's Comment
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Being near the ideal viewing area is very different from bring in the path of totality. I was in an area that was at about 95% totality and like you, it only darkened slightly for 15 minutes. In the area of totality it got dark as night. It's amazing that just 5% sunlight can still light up the day so much.

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Packrat thinks a once-in-a-lifetime natural event is just another football game:

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One example I can think of is the total solar eclipse a couple years ago. Cars along the optimal viewing area were everywhere stopped, or driving distracted.

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You were driving though the total solar eclipse? My brain is exploding. (but that's just me.) wtf-2.gif

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I was in Indiana on I-65, supposedly near an ideal viewing area. From what I observed, it barely darkened for about 15 minutes. I wasn't very impressed, considering the weeks of media hype leading up to it.

I've seen much more visually impressive events at sea around the world in the USN.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Watch upcoming onramps - even on the overpass road for turning trucks. If you see a truck on the ramp, go ahead and move left to make room.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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On an interstate in an urban area, if you're passing through and not exiting, stay out of the right lane. Leave that for the commuters that are entering and exiting.

Or anywhere in Massachusetts

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Southern Dad's Comment
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Three digit interstate highway numbers indicate loops (even first digit) and spur routes (odd first digit).

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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