Panic Button...

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Bart's Comment
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Did the exact same thing the day I got my new Volvo. You are in good company. When you see the lights and hear the horn you know someone just got a new volvo!

BugSmasherOne (Paul K.)'s Comment
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trucker's baby in the cab pressing the red button

Chief's Comment
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GWAD! I have a button on my truck computer that is red. It is a triangle with ! on it. I want to push it so bad to see what it does. I have been scared to do it though. Your story made me laugh so hard. Now I want to push that button even worse!

Are you sure that's an actual button and not just an indicator? If it's the one I'm thinking of it lights up when you have a very important message...such as, you are about to commit an HOS violation!

Seriously though, we use the Qualcomm 110 units. There is no such button. It is just an indicator that reminds you when you have 1 hour, 30 minutes and 15 minutes of drive time left. The actual message has to do with a potential HOS violation.


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.


Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Schism's Comment
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Panic button in the sleeper ....

Could that be some sort of defense system to be used when the trucker is being robbed by a lot lizard ?

Or .....

Used in conjunction with a battery operated Robotic Lego Arm and timer as an alarm clock ?

Or ...

I've eaten too many truck stop dinners and I can't get my Fatty McFlatulance outta the sleeper bunk ...Please help me get to my steering wheel.

Or ....


Scott O.'s Comment
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Sorry I died laughing and thought some of the newbs would get a kick out if reading this

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Unfortunately, I had no idea what that red button was when I got my new truck. I stared at it for days, resisting the temptation of seeing what it is.

One day I finally pushed it. I had resisted for two months.

I get a phone call from my DM almost immediately and then a phone call from some security center from San Diego. I missed the first phone call and they were moments away from dispatching the police to my location.

I then had to explain to my DM that I pushed it to see what it did. And then he had to tell everyone else what I told him.

I tried my best to lay low for a while after that embarrassing moment.


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.
Sun King's Comment
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Reminds me of a Ren and Stimpy episode, "Space Madness." DON"T PUSH THE RED BUTTON!!!

You Mean this One?

Ren and Stimpy Rocks!

Jolie R.'s Comment
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OK, I was assigned an International yesterday as my truck after driving a Freightliner ever since I started school and all through my training. I will make a BIG note to myself that if I run across any big red buttons that I am not to push it!!!! smile.gif

Joe M.'s Comment
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Panic buttons are sometimes linked to security companies when trucks are used for hauling military, nuclear, or other sensitive loads. It can be a contractual requirement to have functioning panic buttons in order to qualify for the loads.

000's Comment
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It’s not a toy! What if someone was having a heart attack or getting robbed & needed assistance while your butts were playing around. Seriously? You pushed a panic button to “see what it would do”? Smdh

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