Thoughts On Forward Facing Cameras.

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Donald M.'s Comment
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Good Evening and happy Friday. I started with Roehl in May going thorough GYCDL and Phase 2 with my trainer. Been following this group for a while so I’m finally signed up.

What are your thoughts on the forward facing cameras?

I was finally issued my truck last week (2021 Cascadia.) I know Roehl is a very safety oriented company but I feel like they are really on them strictly. I drove Motor Coaches and transit buses before upgrading my CDL with Roehl so I’m used to the cameras....but Roehl is a whole new level.

Are more companies going that way!

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A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

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Old School's Comment
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Almost every major carrier uses forward facing cameras. I can tell you that my camera has made me a better driver. It's frustrating how it tells on you, but it has definitely improved my ability to stay focused and not be complacent at the wheel. It's easy to be over confident and let some bad practices creep their way into your driving habits.

These cameras keep you on your toes. When driving eighty thousand pounds down the road it's important to be on top of your game. That camera helps me maintain the proper techniques that keep me and those around me safe.

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Steve L.'s Comment
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I’m gonna drive the truck they give me.

I once heard Zig Ziglar say; if you’re hired out to a man, you’re hired out for whatever he wants you to do. So either get on with your job or get out.

My company doesn’t currently have them, but when we do, I’ll just keep driving on.

I think most people are more apprehensive of driver-facing cameras.

Old School's Comment
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I once heard Zig Ziglar say; if you’re hired out to a man, you’re hired out for whatever he wants you to do.

Steve, when I was a young teenager, my Dad would have me read Zig Ziglar's books. Then he would test me to make sure I was getting the concepts. That guy had a very formative effect on how I take care of my business. I loved seeing you quote him. He was a very inspiring guy.

Wild-Bill's Comment
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Donald, are you getting a bunch of video coaching events sent to you or are you just worried about it? I’ve been driving for Roehl for 6 months. My first month solo I had a few videos sent to me for various things. Now I almost never get them. Like Old School said they made me a better driver.

Following are some of the common things that will trigger the camera and how to avoid them. If you drive with the safe seven you were taught in GYCDL, you’ll virtually eliminate the videos.

Slow down & stay back- When the warning light comes on saying you’re too close. You need to get your following distance back. Just back off a bit and you’ll be fine.

Know Whats Happening- come to a full stop at all stop signs, watch for stale green lights.

Expect the expected, Yield to others and reduce the risk- hard brakes are most often a result of either not being aware (see above) or being too aggressive. Expect everyone around you to exhibit the worst possible driving behavior and react accordingly. That driver you see coming up on you fast will cut you off to get to the exit your approaching. Expect it and let it happen. Fight it and you’ll end up with a video sent to you.

Prepare to drive- Have your snacks, drinks, sunglasses, smokes and whatever else you need ready to go. Reaching around the cabin will cause a lane departure. Also, knowing your route and stopping points will help prevent hard brakes, stability alerts and all sorts of other bad things from last minute lane changes.

Hope that helps. If you are getting specific coaching events let us know and we can help. As I mentioned, as you get better the videos will go away. I honestly thing they’re not sent as a bad thing but as a way to help be a safer professional driver.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Wild-Bill's Comment
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OS, I got to see Zig speak in person many years ago, it was an absolutely amazing experience. He is by far the most dynamic, engaging and entertaining speaker I’ve ever seen in my life. And I’ve seen a lot of them.

Steve L.'s Comment
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I once heard Zig Ziglar say; if you’re hired out to a man, you’re hired out for whatever he wants you to do.

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Steve, when I was a young teenager, my Dad would have me read Zig Ziglar's books. Then he would test me to make sure I was getting the concepts. That guy had a very formative effect on how I take care of my business. I loved seeing you quote him. He was a very inspiring guy.

I wish I’d met him. The audiobook Secrets of Closing The Sale is on my iPhone. I’ve used some his techniques verbatim, with good success.

Although I’m a Driver, his influence helps me be a better employee, customer service agent for my company and all-around person.

😎

Donald M.'s Comment
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Wild Bill, I’m not going to lie. I had a few coaching incidents and to be honest, when I saw the videos I had to smack myself in the head. We all consider ourselves safe drivers until the video shows otherwise.

It definitely keeps you on your toes and helps you to become better behind the wheel.

Uncle Rake's Comment
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I heard Ziglar and Josh McDowell speak at a Christian youth leadership conference in 1984 in Washington DC. Zig Ziglar spoke for two hours and it seemed like 30 minutes. The really unusual part of the story though is that on Tuesday the following week I saw him playing golf where I worked at a remote golf course in East Texas.

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Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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I heard Ziglar and Josh McDowell speak at a Christian youth leadership conference in 1984 in Washington DC. Zig Ziglar spoke for two hours and it seemed like 30 minutes. The really unusual part of the story though is that on Tuesday the following week I saw him playing golf where I worked at a remote golf course in East Texas.

How odd! What an incredible happenstance.

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Operating While Intoxicated

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