Why Are So Many Truck Drivers Eager For A Fight

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Bird-One's Comment
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“Hundreds” seems like a stretch. In my five years of driving I’ve had one instance where a driver got on the cb and invited me to “pull over” And that was because he felt I cut him off.

I don’t have time or patience to engage with such behavior. I have a wife and kids to provide for and I also like my job. It’s not worth it. Ignore it. Sending out invitations is to fight is not a smart thing to do at all. Like Brett said you never know who just how unstable someone might be.

I've invited radio Rambo to pull over hundreds of times, no one has ever once took me up on the invitation.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Thank you for the words of wisdom, et al.

Like I said: I don't ever go looking for a fight. I've been around the world, literally, in many situations, civilian and with the military. I've become pretty good at reading body language, and tone. I have avoided countless incidents over the years. You could say that was a big part of the job I used to do. ;-)

In this situation, I felt this driver was just venting due to something else. My reaching out was in a professional manner and did not escalate the situation, it neutralized it.

As far as ending up at the same truck stop together, total chance encounter. He was in a better place and frame of mind by that time. He said he needed that.

As for Billy Bad ass's, truck drivers have carried all kinds of weapons with them over the years Fights at truck stops were very common, at least according to a lot of the old-timers I knew. Just as drinking was common among drivers. I think we have a lot of hotheads out here. I'm not one of them. I would never get in a fight or engage in confrontation. I always work to de-escalate a situation if I get in one. I have too much at stake and to live for than to be drug down into that type of thing.

Also, everyone is bigger than me I weigh a whopping 140 lbs. Lol.

Davy A.'s Comment
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I've carried for years, regularly train. It teaches you deescalattion. It's much more preferable for so many reasons to avoid the conflict if at possible. I want absolutely no part of it.

I'm not saying that I do or don't carry on board, nor do I advocate or discourage it

RedGator (Nalee)'s Comment
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This job is extremely stressful. Some folks have no outlet for all of that pent up aggression and Isolation doesn't make it any better. Being a short (5'1) female truck driver I have had my fair share of dynamite moments. Ive had a few men act completely crazy by doing stuff they probably would never dream of doing to other me. I used to be real quick to fight🤷‍♀️ Over the years I've calmed down plenty.

Harvest's Comment
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The CB radio is basically like gamechat in a Call of duty match lol. Everyone talks smack because it is not actually face-to-face. Also, allot of people sometimes even myself take actions on the road personally, and you get that little internal road rage feeling when someone does something you don't like. Plus the built-up frustration many drivers have due to their job or home life.

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