Dealing With Road Rage From Other Truck Drivers

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Sean A.'s Comment
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So today had to pick up a load in Minneapolis, when I got to the shipper the dock that I was assigned had a trailer in it. I was told to wait for the yard driver to move the trailer from the door and once backed to the door to lower my landing gear and slide my tandems to the rear. Right after I was told all of that I noticed another driver that had pulled in to pick up a load too. I backed into my door, did everything that I needed to do and went back to my truck. They finished loading me in about 15 minutes. After they loaded me I had to go back to the receiving counter to get my bill of lading. I went back to my truck and turned it on waited for the air to build in the system so I could adjust my tandems and then pulled up to do so. I got out of my truck pulled the tandem pin and closed/sealed the trailer doors. While I was doing that I heard continuous honking right by my truck. I got back into the truck to slide my tandems forward and I noticed that the person honking at me was the other driver who got there just after me and he had pulled up a few feet away from my truck making it impossible to leave from the right. He wanted to get into the door but there was nowhere else for me to shut the doors or slide the tandems that wasn't the actual road, and if I pulled up to the left I would be blocking his back anyways and I would be parked on a rail road track. He continued to honk at me and flip me off. You get it. I lost my temper and after I pulled away I got out of the truck and started yelling and cussing at him. I must of called him almost every swear word in a very unfriendly and loud voice. I realized I shouldn't have done that but I did. I should've just let it slide and realize that he had issues. I dont understand why some other truck drivers are like that. I can understand being mad if I was actually doing something wrong but I was literally doing everything I was supposed to be doing. Got any tips for dealing with other truck drivers like this?

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.

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".

Turtle's Comment
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The best thing to do is wait until he is done with his rant, and then say "no hablo English". Smile and go on about your business. That'll get him riled up.

Sean A.'s Comment
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The best thing to do is wait until he is done with his rant, and then say "no hablo English". Smile and go on about your business. That'll get him riled up.

Yep you're right best thing to do with someone that's unreasonable is kill them with kindness

BK's Comment
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The best thing to do is wait until he is done with his rant, and then say "no hablo English". Smile and go on about your business. That'll get him riled up.

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The old saying is that discretion is the better part of valor. We never know who is carrying a gun and about to become unhinged. Law enforcement personnel are trained to de-escalate situations for this reason. Controlling our anger and emotions is a mark of professionalism. I’ve had my share of the type of encounters you describe. I might be upset about it, but if I just move on, I will not even remember it in a few days. A live dog is better than a dead lion!

PJ's Comment
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Just ignore idiots like that. They are not worth your time.

NaeNaeInNC's Comment
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Note to self: buy a sword, name it "Kindness."

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The best thing to do is wait until he is done with his rant, and then say "no hablo English". Smile and go on about your business. That'll get him riled up.

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Yep you're right best thing to do with someone that's unreasonable is kill them with kindness

Mason H.'s Comment
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Smile and wave.

It’ll **** them off more

Steve L.'s Comment
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You can’t do much about someone else. BUT, I’ve also been the driver having to wait, while someone else seems to be doing everything but cook their dinner before getting out of the way.

So, where was he parked (while waiting) if there was nowhere else to go? Usually I will do my best to get out of the way if I know a driver is waiting.

I’m not excusing that driver and I know there are factors not mentioned here, but maybe assess your surroundings while being loaded/unloaded. I’ve delivered/picked up at plenty of places where I had to pull out on the road, but there’s room on the shoulder to do that stuff.

Don’t let the ba$+ards get you down.

Chris W.'s Comment
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Note to self: buy a sword, name it "Kindness."

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The best thing to do is wait until he is done with his rant, and then say "no hablo English". Smile and go on about your business. That'll get him riled up.

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Yep you're right best thing to do with someone that's unreasonable is kill them with kindness

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