The CB Possibly Saved My Life Today

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Drew D.'s Comment
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Was going eastbound on I-80 near mile marker 190 when someone got on the horn to let dozens of trucks driving on slush roads that two trucks had jack knifed due to a flat bed rear ending an amazon truck. This happened at the bottom of a small hill so very limited line of sight was available and both lanes were blocked with wreckage. This could have easily been a major pile up / multi fatality event. I don't know who the gentleman was that got on that radio first, but he potentially saved lives today. Thank god I keep that CB on! Just thought I would share. Take care all!

PackRat's Comment
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This is a great example of a real-world experience that can happen to any driver, anywhere, and with no advanced warning. It's always a great idea to have a CB in your truck. Keep it on whenever you're traveling and just keep it squelched down to prevent most of the unnecessary chatter and noise. CB radios can indeed save lives.

Drew D.'s Comment
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Yeah, this is why I figured I would share the experience. I had maybe 20 seconds to react. The only mistake I made was moving to the shoulder which other drivers explained to me was a "no no" in an informative way. The thought process was, because it was a sudden stop on both lanes, I didn't want to get rear ended or add to the congestion. More of an impulse thing. But I know better for next time. But yeah, thank god most of the drivers in the area at the time had their CBs turned on! It was a very good display of experienced drivers stepping up to help mitigate a disaster.

This is a great example of a real-world experience that can happen to any driver, anywhere, and with no advanced warning. It's always a great idea to have a CB in your truck. Keep it on whenever you're traveling and just keep it squelched down to prevent most of the unnecessary chatter and noise. CB radios can indeed save lives.

PJ's Comment
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Thanks for sharing that Drew. Like senior chief said great real world experience why a cb is a vital tool to have. Hopefully the nay sayers will see the value!!

George B.'s Comment
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I can go on and on about the cb radio. First hand knowledge of upcoming hazards. Drivers can help route you around hazards also. Finding out if truck stops ahead are full or not. I have found many a shipper/receiver by talking w them via cb. Once again I can go on and on.

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.

Sandman J's Comment
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Thanks for sharing this experience. It's this and other stories on TT why I know I need a CB when I go solo. Can someone please explain the no-no of going to the shoulder though? Is it because that's likely where the vehicles involved in the collision might have pulled off to or another reason?

Drew D.'s Comment
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If both lanes are blocked, that is where emergency vehicles will need to get through.

Thanks for sharing this experience. It's this and other stories on TT why I know I need a CB when I go solo. Can someone please explain the no-no of going to the shoulder though? Is it because that's likely where the vehicles involved in the collision might have pulled off to or another reason?

G-Town's Comment
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Great example of why a C.B. can be the best safety tool a driver has. Thanks for sharing this.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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This is a prime example of the best use of a CB.

I'll turn mine down for a little while if there gets to be too much BS, I'll turn it up after a few minutes and it's usually stopped.

Dave T.'s Comment
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I used to keep mine on all the time. I was on the PA turnpike one day and a trooper got in the radio, he was looking for the location of a wildfire so since I saw the smoke, I told him it was a few miles behind me. I’ve used it a lot to ask about shipper/receiver locations too when I’ve had trouble finding them.

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.

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