What Would You Do? Almost Sideswiped.

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Brett Aquila's Comment
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I could care less about that kind of "Brotherhood."

I think that is the key consideration right there. What type of Brotherhood do we hope to promote? What type of drivers do we want sharing the highways with our families and loved ones and representing our industry?

We all must draw a line in the sand and determine what is acceptable and what is not. What direction do we want our industry to go?

The guy you reported is exactly the type that goes on long rants about driver-facing cameras being an invasion of privacy.

There are still far too many dangerous, irresponsible truck drivers on the road today. The industry has made gigantic leaps forward in terms of the quality of the equipment on the highways overall, and cleaning up the drugs and filthy truck stops of the past. But we have a long way to go before we can say most drivers are operating safely and at a professional level at all times.

Keeping a proper following distance, side-by-side "racing," and distracted driving are still major issues. It's difficult to spend 10 or 15 minutes on an Interstate without seeing a blatant disregard for safety or courtesy by truck drivers.

I must admit I'm shocked that with all the cameras in our society, blatantly dangerous driving is still so common. I thought most of it would have been cleaned up by now.

Interstate:

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

Dm:

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.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Don's Comment
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I think that is the key consideration right there. What type of Brotherhood do we hope to promote? What type of drivers do we want sharing the highways with our families and loved ones and representing

I don't want fellow drivers thinking I could care less about them. That isn't the case. In my opinion, "Brotherhood" means helping a fellow driver if he is having issues, whether with parking, hooking up a trailer or a multitude of other issues. It also means driving in a safe manner that doesn't endanger a fellow driver and being respectful out on the road; not being "one of those guys."

Those drivers who consider ignoring illegal or dangerous behavior because "hey, we gotta' look out for each other" are in fact condoning those behaviors. That is the same as Law Enforcement Officers who are on the take or commit crimes, and their fellow LEO's turning a blind eye to it, allowing it to happen, because "we are a Brotherhood." I guess it depends on one's perspective.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PJ's Comment
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Don and Brett you both hit the nail on the head. Problem is there is no clear cut solution to how we get there. We are not out here to be traffic cops, and there are just not enough cops to police everywhere all the time.

From my perspective if we encounter something such as this, and we do on a daily basis. Look at the totality of the circustances. Was the incident momentary, or did you observe this as a sustained pattern?? Was it something small and very irrating or something very big and dangerous?

Don’s example is spot on of sustained and I have no problem at all how he handled that situation.

We all make small momentary mistakes here and there. I would not recommend calling on every driver that you see make one small mistake. You would not have enough time in the day to do that anyway. The biggie mistake that is very dangerous are the ones we should report. From my personal experience. In almost 7 years of driving I have only encountered that situation 1 time.

The first thing that comes to mind is that big wreck last week or so on I81 in virginia. I don’t know the details however the footage I did see was alot of drivers that were way too close too each other when it started.

There are alot of drivers out here among us that shouldn’t be. There is nothing we individually can do about that. In all aspects of our society we have people that are just plain inconsiderate garbage. Just a fact of life. But many more that are good folks.

If we all foscus on driving safely as we know we should those types of drivers will normally not be that close to us for very long and we are individually doing our part too keep ourselves and those around us safe.

just my 2 cents

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Dan F.'s Comment
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Been about seven years since I last replied on here and my answer may be a little different than it was when I first started.

Seven or eight years ago I might’ve called safety immediately. Now I think I would just go up to him, and yell at them and tell them it’s their only warning before I do go to safety the next time.

I’m no longer a company driver so I no longer have to deal with that kind of thing. Now I just have to watch out for myself And I try and keep my karma clean.

PackRat's Comment
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How do you handle this on the Interstate then?

Interstate:

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

andhe78's Comment
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I'm kind of surprised two replies include personally confronting an offending driver. With the types of psychos out there, seems like a good way to end up stabbed with a screwdriver.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Don's Comment
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In my case, the company driver I confronted works out of the same yard, and I know who he is.

I'm kind of surprised two replies include personally confronting an offending driver. With the types of psychos out there, seems like a good way to end up stabbed with a screwdriver.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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