Another Example Of U-turn Gone Wrong.

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Today I seen the aftermath of what I believe was a failed U-turn. I did not see it happen therefore I can not say with certainty. However, the truck was next to a auto scrap yard and after they got pulled out they pulled into the cold storage facility i was unloading at and got checked in. Here's a pic I snapped of it on dashcam.

0890523001624656982.jpg. Not the greatest quality as I used my phone to snap a picture of the dashcam. We've got a decent amount of rain the last few days and his entire front end sank in. Truck was at a 90 degree angle compared to trailer with a telephone pole about 5 feet in front of his tractor. Thankfully we were able to get around him using the shoulder. Shortly after i went through 2 deputies showed up to direct traffic. I'm unsure if any citations were issued. This is one of the many reasons U-turns are a zero tolerance rule at many companies. Also it serves as an excellent reminder to keep your equipment on solid ground and not the grass. Shoulder was wide enough for this driver to simply stop and evaluate the situation and find a better way to turn around. Does Prime have a policy regarding U-turns?

Its quite possible my thinking is way off. Its a prime FLORAL trailer so maybe he was going above and beyond to find the freshest flowers possible smile.gif

EPU:

Electric Auxiliary Power Units

Electric APUs have started gaining acceptance. These electric APUs use battery packs instead of the diesel engine on traditional APUs as a source of power. The APU's battery pack is charged when the truck is in motion. When the truck is idle, the stored energy in the battery pack is then used to power an air conditioner, heater, and other devices

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Its a prime FLORAL trailer

A Prime Floral Trailer isn't necessarily hauling flowers... GOAL isn't just for backing up...bummer for that driver, embarrassing moment caught on film...

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Its a prime FLORAL trailer

A Prime Floral Trailer isn't necessarily hauling flowers... GOAL isn't just for backing up...bummer for that driver, embarrassing moment caught on film...

LOL you didn't catch the sense of humor in that comment of Rob's.

Laura

Papa Pig's Comment
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Werner will Definitely fire you for a u turn. The ONLY exception is being directed to do it by police.

Mackerel (Mike D.)'s Comment
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Well planting the truck in the dirt is one way of getting fresh flowers.

Pete B.'s Comment
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He definitely didn’t come out smelling like a rose after that stunt.

Schneider also has a ‘no U-turn policy.’

Delco Dave's Comment
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Question for you all! I understand true U turns are not permitted. Is a 3 point turn considered a U turn or is that an acceptable procedure to get out of a jam and turn truck around?

Dan67's Comment
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Typically U-turns are only acceptable in yards and roadways that are designed for truck u-turns (like in NC mountains). But you must complete it in a safe slow speed, 5mph max. There are 2 main reasons to avoid u-turns. A CMV is extremely easy to rollover in a tight u-turn. And trailers need overhang space when u-turning to avoid hooking and hitting objects. it is very easy and there are plenty of videos all over youtube where a driver has destroyed someones property.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
PackRat's Comment
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Question for you all! I understand true U turns are not permitted. Is a 3 point turn considered a U turn or is that an acceptable procedure to get out of a jam and turn truck around?

It's always best to avoid any U Turn on any public roadway unless it's an absolute emergency scenario, as in there is truly no other option. If it reaches that point, it may be best to put on those flashers, stop safely, and make a call out to a lifeline: The Police.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Errol V.'s Comment
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Delco Dave asks:

Question for you all! I understand true U turns are not permitted. Is a 3 point turn considered a U turn or is that an acceptable procedure to get out of a jam and turn truck around?

What do you consider a 3 point turn? Do you mean one of these? 0529670001624736341.jpg

Only if you can make it outside of a 23+ foot circle near your GOAL. rofl-1.gif

For a semi, that would mean you need to back up on a roadway, sort of like making a 90 alley dock in the middle of a street. This is very much frowned upon, so much so that you might get in more trouble with that backing up than you would with the U-turn. 0719651001624737172.jpg

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