Encounter With Aggressive Driver

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Rob T.'s Comment
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I had quite the experience today that ultimately led to me calling the other drivers safety department. I actually had an encounter with the driver previously in the day in the white truck on my way back from KC but distanced myself from him. The truck incident was he wouldn't maintain speed and then when I'd try to pass him he'd speed up to pin me in the left lane. No big deal, be a jackass you ain't gonna ruin my day. I pulled off for 5 minutes to use the restroom and didn't see him again. That is until I was on my way home in my personal vehicle. We were headed north on I35 about 10 miles south of Ames when I passed him with me doing 70 (in a 70). In Ames (MM 111) the speed limit drops to 65 but him and another truck didn't slow down. The white truck ended up passing me on the shoulder so the other truck wouldn't get ahead of him. Keep in mind we picked up over 6 inches of snow yesterday, the shoulders are far from perfect to drive on and even if they were WTF are you thinking? The other truck ended up getting into the right lane so white one ended up cutting me off. After we got through there he stayed in the left lane with a line of atleast 20 vehicles behind their shenanigans. I ended up calling his safety department explaining what happened (I left out previous encounter hours earlier) and they said they'd be able to see who the driver is and his lane position. He must've gotten the call from the owner or safety like they said because after 15 miles of the rolling roadblock he moved over to the right lane and slowed to 55. I knew exactly what he was going to do so I gunned it to get past him. Sure enough he started inching into my lane likely trying to intimidate me. Another call to safety and the nice lady on the other end was livid. She apologized profusely that they don't tolerate that behavior and he's only been with them a week but will be receiving another phone call. In the first call she'd mentioned drivers get 2 warnings then termination. I hope that's accurate, there is absolutely no room for that behavior on our roadways. Its extremely rare that I contact a company regarding their driver but this was far too big to let slide. Looking back I should have also given the highway patrol a call. I can now say I know why Bobcat LOVES the Volvo squad in Chicago. Too cold, couldn't see his track suit and flip flops. This company has been around since 2015 and has 42 drivers according to FMCSA snapshot.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Glad you're safe and a total pro, Rob!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Hopefully they actually do something about it, passing on the shoulder is nuts I couldn't imagine ever doing that.

The Volvo gangs sure are interesting bunch, they either drive like that or at 45 mph in the center lane.

Jammer a's Comment
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Yeah that stuff drives me crazy bro be safe attitudes driving bullies in big rigs are no good to anyone

I had quite the experience today that ultimately led to me calling the other drivers safety department. I actually had an encounter with the driver previously in the day in the white truck on my way back from KC but distanced myself from him. The truck incident was he wouldn't maintain speed and then when I'd try to pass him he'd speed up to pin me in the left lane. No big deal, be a jackass you ain't gonna ruin my day. I pulled off for 5 minutes to use the restroom and didn't see him again. That is until I was on my way home in my personal vehicle. We were headed north on I35 about 10 miles south of Ames when I passed him with me doing 70 (in a 70). In Ames (MM 111) the speed limit drops to 65 but him and another truck didn't slow down. The white truck ended up passing me on the shoulder so the other truck wouldn't get ahead of him. Keep in mind we picked up over 6 inches of snow yesterday, the shoulders are far from perfect to drive on and even if they were WTF are you thinking? The other truck ended up getting into the right lane so white one ended up cutting me off. After we got through there he stayed in the left lane with a line of atleast 20 vehicles behind their shenanigans. I ended up calling his safety department explaining what happened (I left out previous encounter hours earlier) and they said they'd be able to see who the driver is and his lane position. He must've gotten the call from the owner or safety like they said because after 15 miles of the rolling roadblock he moved over to the right lane and slowed to 55. I knew exactly what he was going to do so I gunned it to get past him. Sure enough he started inching into my lane likely trying to intimidate me. Another call to safety and the nice lady on the other end was livid. She apologized profusely that they don't tolerate that behavior and he's only been with them a week but will be receiving another phone call. In the first call she'd mentioned drivers get 2 warnings then termination. I hope that's accurate, there is absolutely no room for that behavior on our roadways. Its extremely rare that I contact a company regarding their driver but this was far too big to let slide. Looking back I should have also given the highway patrol a call. I can now say I know why Bobcat LOVES the Volvo squad in Chicago. Too cold, couldn't see his track suit and flip flops. This company has been around since 2015 and has 42 drivers according to FMCSA snapshot.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

Fm:

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.
PJ's Comment
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Glad they didn’t cause a wreck being idiots. I’ve never had anything that severe happen, thank god.

Coming through Atlanta tuesday evening a WE truck almost took my hood off because he couldn’t read signs I guess or he doesn’t know how to merge. I had to lay on the brakes pretty hard to keep him from running over my right front. I was kinda mad about it, then I got a phone call from my safety dept a couple hours later. They had the footage from my camera and my right hood mirror caught him coming up the right side. They were happy I avoided the collision and said they would be sending the footage to WE. I was kinda shocked they were going to do that. They told me they won’t for everything, but in this case they felt it necessary. So I guess some companies are taking a hard stand to some of this crazy driving.

Joseph L.'s Comment
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Glad they do. Since I started this path. I've been both watching truck driver and comparing them against what I've learned. As well as changed my own driving habit.

Lost track of the weird or dangerous things I've seen in just a few months. Most common I've seen is going 70 in the 55, on the 376 parkway outside Pittsburgh. Had a semi cut me off after flying up on me in the right hand lane.

My neighbor complains about the bad driving of CDL drivers now adays

Glad they didn’t cause a wreck being idiots. I’ve never had anything that severe happen, thank god.

Coming through Atlanta tuesday evening a WE truck almost took my hood off because he couldn’t read signs I guess or he doesn’t know how to merge. I had to lay on the brakes pretty hard to keep him from running over my right front. I was kinda mad about it, then I got a phone call from my safety dept a couple hours later. They had the footage from my camera and my right hood mirror caught him coming up the right side. They were happy I avoided the collision and said they would be sending the footage to WE. I was kinda shocked they were going to do that. They told me they won’t for everything, but in this case they felt it necessary. So I guess some companies are taking a hard stand to some of this crazy driving.

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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.
Old School's Comment
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It's a shame the way we've set our own standards to cry out against us. Anybody who has spent a few years on the road has witnessed their fellow drivers doing some really stupid things. The biggest standout to me is the total disregard for a safe following distance.

It's one of the easiest things to do to stay safe, yet many of us seem to feel pressured to force people out of our lane by riding so close that there's no way to avoid contact if someone has to hit their brakes unexpectedly. I always cringe when I see aggressive driving in a big rig. It's so unnecessary, and the potential for serious liability is multiplied heavily.

There's just no excuse. It shouldn't even be the serious problem it is. We have got to clean up our own act.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mikey B.'s Comment
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It's a shame the way we've set our own standards to cry out against us. Anybody who has spent a few years on the road has witnessed their fellow drivers doing some really stupid things. The biggest standout to me is the total disregard for a safe following distance.

It's one of the easiest things to do to stay safe, yet many of us seem to feel pressured to force people out of our lane by riding so close that there's no way to avoid contact if someone has to hit their brakes unexpectedly. I always cringe when I see aggressive driving in a big rig. It's so unnecessary, and the potential for serious liability is multiplied heavily.

There's just no excuse. It shouldn't even be the serious problem it is. We have got to clean up our own act.

I agree, we have to clean up our own act. However I don't see it happening anytime soon, we can't even get drivers to stop peeing in and emptying their pee bottles in the parking lots we all have to use. It's the sad truth in the state of drivers nowadays.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Rob T.'s Comment
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I agree, we have to clean up our own act. However I don't see it happening anytime soon, we can't even get drivers to stop peeing in and emptying their pee bottles in the parking lots we all have to use. It's the sad truth in the state of drivers nowadays.

I've seen drivers climb out at a truckstop and urinate in the lot when they're not even 20 yards from the front door. Perhaps the most shocking was seeing a truck pulled off on the ramp that had a truckstop in daylight with the driver standing on the passenger steps urinating. Its either that, or a couple months back before it got cold seeing a fed ex ground contractor standing outside the cab taking a leak driverside between the tractor and trailer. He's sure putting alot of faith in traffic moving over considering it was roughly 8am in West Des Moines near all the corporate offices. Idiots.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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fed ex ground contractor

Say no more......

I understand there are emergencies, but a lot of this behavior really boggles my mind.

The funny thing is drivers will wonder why private property stops trucks from parking in their lots, meanwhile they treat it like a bathroom and garbage dump.

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