What Is Your Trucking Pet Peeve?

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Other than the obvious of unsafe behavior behind the wheel, what do you find irritating about other drivers?

For me, I find it irritating when somebody backs into a dock with their doors closed that has plenty of room. Frequently at our DC, outside drivers will back in then pull up to block the thoroughfare to open doors and slide tandems to the rear. If it's a tight dock I do that but if theres plenty of room doors and tandems are taken care of before I start backing. This morning I snapped this pic

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He travelled the same direction I am heading and whipped a U-turn. The door he ended up hitting had 2 empty doors on both sides. At a minimum he could've backed up 5 feet from the door before opening them. In the grand scheme it's really not a big deal but this particular situation came across as he intentionally was being a jerk. He held me and 3 of our drivers and an OTR guy trying to deliver up about 10 minutes.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

PJ's Comment
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The other day I was at a very tight tank wash. We have to drop the dirty tank behind the building. I have to back in because I can’t make a uturn once I get in there. This other driver for same company as me flipped me off squezzed past me and took the spot I was going to take. Made me have to squeeze into the only other spot and it was very tight. I took my time which made him even mader because he couldn’t get out until I was done. Poetic justice served!!

G-Town's Comment
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Drivers who encroach on someone backing. Give them space and turn your headlights off at night. Common sense and professional courtesy.

The other one...taking the 30 min. break in the fuel line. Very annoying.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Drivers who want to speed in construction zones and drivers who can’t look in their mirrors without their hand following their head and drifting over in your lane.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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I cannot just have one!

20 mph or more speeding in truck stop parking lots.

30 minute break on a busy fuel island.

Refer drivers parked illegally beside the CAT Scale intercom.

Bobtail drivers grabbing an entire space as close to the building as possible, ignoring designated bobtail parking spots.

Drivers that wash their truck with the squeegee.

Idiots that will catch up with me at greater than 5 mph, then tailgate me for 20 miles at night on any highway with multiple lanes before passing.

I have at least 50 more, but I'm supposed to be relaxing today on a 34 hour reset.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

CAT Scale:

A network of over 1,500 certified truck scales across the U.S. and Canada found primarily at truck stops. CAT scales are by far the most trustworthy scales out there.

In fact, CAT Scale offers an unconditional Guarantee:

“If you get an overweight fine from the state after our scale showed your legal, we will immediately check our scale. If our scale is wrong, we will reimburse you for the fine. If our scale is correct, a representative of CAT Scale Company will appear in court with the driver as a witness”

Delco Dave's Comment
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Although not in a rig yet, I’m on the road all the time for Amazon and son’s travel baseball.

People who think the highway is a NASCAR track!! Swerving in and out of lanes at 80+ mph and changing lanes in front of you 4 feet from your bumper

Tailgating and lack of turn signal use

NY and NJ drivers in general!! Both are guilty of the above peeves way more often then PA, MD and DE drivers from my observations

Knowing a good deal about trucks and their safety features from TT, I try to make life a little less stressful for trucks around me on the road. I always wait to change lanes in front of a truck until I’m about a 80-100 yards in front so I dont trigger a trucks following distance or collision warnings and cameras. Meanwhile, I see other cars cutting dangerously close in front of trucks all the time. Drives me nuts seeing it cause I know 1. Its very dangerous and 2. I’m gonna have to deal with it once I’m out there

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Banks's Comment
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NY and NJ drivers in general!! Both are guilty of the above peeves way more often then PA, MD and DE drivers from my observations

Believe or not, I encounter the worst drivers in Connecticut. They are way worse and more inconsiderate than the people in NY and NJ.

My pet peeve would be the truck that jumps in front of me with no distance because my governed 65 MPH is annoying him only to hit a hill and he has to drop to 35. Now I'm either stuck behind him or I have to go around, which I hate doing.

Wild-Bill's Comment
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I can’t stand bullies. Too many times I see people push their way into another drivers space. A few weeks ago, I ran into two of them. First one, going into a very tight shipper , I had a line behind me, started to make a tight turn into the guard shack with jersey barriers on each side. A yard jockey going home in his personal car pulls right into the space I was turning in to. After waiting a bit for him to back up and give me room, I finally got out to talk with him. He starts yelling at me that there’s plenty of room and I should just cut the turn short and go around him. I may have possibly made the turn cutting it short, but it was 2 am and I had already watched two other drivers get hung up on obstacles in the lot. I finally lied and told him it was my first solo run and I wasn’t moving until I was sure I could make it. If he wanted to go home at some point tonight he was gonna have to back up a bit. I got back into the truck and patiently waited for him to give me some room.

Second one, I’m leaving a different shipper com around a corner to two trucks in a similar standoff. I tried to talk to the drivers to sort it out. One driver had cut into another’s turn space. One could clearly back up and the other was not going to be able to go anywhere until the other moved. But, Instead of helping each other out, They both sat there honking horns at each other blaming the other driver and refusing to move. I finally negotiated a truce and got them to move so the rest of us could get on with our day.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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A huge pile of PET peeve...people that don't pick up their PETS crapola.

Drivers that hover and spray so they dont have to sit on the dirty toilet then walk away from it all, oh and peeing on the toilet seat when there are 5 urinals available.

Drivers that are not governed that I just passed on my governor, passing me then slowing down again so that I again pass them then 5 miles down the road they do it again..and again...and again. I had one truck, no kidding, I passed him 5 times and within 5-20 miles he'd come back around doing 70-75.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Wild-Bill's Comment
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Ok, two more The slobs that give the rest of us drivers a bad name. I’m tired of truck stops with bags of crap and bottles of **** everywhere. It’s always nice when you pull into a truck stop that’s so new it doesn’t smell like a barnyard yet

Distracted drivers. I nearly had my mirror taken off today by a driver that couldn’t stay between the lines. When he finally passed me he was texting away on his phone. I gave him the horn and he jumped so hard he threw the phone across the cab. Funny thing was his mirror housing on both sides were all broken up. Guess he hasn’t learned to correlate the two things yet. I hope he doesn’t end up killing someone before he figures it out.

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