Trucker Road Rage

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Sid V.'s Comment
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Hi Vicki,

If you ever encounter a truck that is compromising safety, get their dot number from the door and look them up on the safer website and report them to their safety dept. Here's the link.

https://safer.fmcsa.dot.gov/CompanySnapshot.aspx

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

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

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.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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My road trainer was a great, safe driver. One thing he taught me was to check the situation when coming to an off ramp. Look to the top to see if anyone was turning right to get on the upcoming entry ramp. This gives you an early indication that you will be encountering entry traffic coming up. It’s become a habit since I went solo. (I had a great trainer, thank you Mark).

PackRat's Comment
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My road trainer was a great, safe driver. One thing he taught me was to check the situation when coming to an off ramp. Look to the top to see if anyone was turning right to get on the upcoming entry ramp. This gives you an early indication that you will be encountering entry traffic coming up. It’s become a habit since I went solo. (I had a great trainer, thank you Mark).

That's an excellent tip!

TwoSides11's Comment
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My road trainer was a great, safe driver. One thing he taught me was to check the situation when coming to an off ramp. Look to the top to see if anyone was turning right to get on the upcoming entry ramp. This gives you an early indication that you will be encountering entry traffic coming up. It’s become a habit since I went solo. (I had a great trainer, thank you Mark).

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That's an excellent tip!

Yes and it is something I also do habitually. Pay attention to those On-ramps. When I see a fellow trucker coming I judge to see if we will meet up. If I can't move over then I slow down and flash my lights telling him to come on. I get a thank you 90% of the time..

One of the most frustrating things is trying to merge onto the highway and having to slow down. It takes way too long to regain speed and it could cause an accident. I have experienced that and hate it, not the accident part.... Also makes me feel good to help a fellow trucker out that way. We are family out here and it might be an unrealistic expectation that truckers should always let other truckers merge but IMHO i think it is only right.

I never just let us meet up. Move over if you can, if not slow down and let your brother/sister on. Now for 4 wheelers, I don't do that. They can either speed up and pass me or slow down and merge on easier than a semi can.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
G-Town's Comment
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I agree PackRat. Great tip Bruce,

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My road trainer was a great, safe driver. One thing he taught me was to check the situation when coming to an off ramp. Look to the top to see if anyone was turning right to get on the upcoming entry ramp. This gives you an early indication that you will be encountering entry traffic coming up. It’s become a habit since I went solo. (I had a great trainer, thank you Mark).

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That's an excellent tip!

Bruce K.'s Comment
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In my experience, most drivers look out for other drivers. Courtesy begets courtesy. Unknown to the general public, professional drivers are looking at ways to make the general drivers safer

Bruce K.'s Comment
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One thing I forgot to mention about anticipating tragic coming down an on ramp is that the sooner you can observe it, the more time you have to check your drivers side mirror to see if you are clear to switch lanes if necessary without a problem.

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