Truck Stop Parking: Why Are Some People Just Stupid?

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Karl A.'s Comment
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So I pulling in to a travel Plaza on i80 in Ohio for my 30 minute break. These areas have doubles and triples parking made just for those of us THAT PULL DOUBLES AND TRIPLES! I think it's a pretty easy concept to get. Well I pull in behind another truck pulling a 53 foot trailer. What does he do? Takes the last freaking doubles and triples spot. I must say also that the parking area was half empty. There as plenty of spaces he could have pulled into. I am like WTF! so what do I do. You guessed it or should have. I pull up right beside him and set my brakes and turn the truck off and head inside.

I guess he got a bit upset cause he was standing beside the truck waiting when I came back out. I guess he called the police cause one showed up about 3 seconds later. After the cop found out what was going on, which by this time my 30 break was done, he told me to go ahead and move my truck and so I did. The other guy... $75 dollar parking ticket. Lol.

In short... Don't take up parking spots specifically made for doubles and triples. We have very few places we can park. Which adds to the already limited space for trucks.

I dont know about you Guy but I strive to be as inane as possible :)

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Larry B. 's Comment
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So I pulling in to a travel Plaza on i80 in Ohio for my 30 minute break. These areas have doubles and triples parking made just for those of us THAT PULL DOUBLES AND TRIPLES! I think it's a pretty easy concept to get. Well I pull in behind another truck pulling a 53 foot trailer. What does he do? Takes the last freaking doubles and triples spot. I must say also that the parking area was half empty. There as plenty of spaces he could have pulled into. I am like WTF! so what do I do. You guessed it or should have. I pull up right beside him and set my brakes and turn the truck off and head inside.

I guess he got a bit upset cause he was standing beside the truck waiting when I came back out. I guess he called the police cause one showed up about 3 seconds later. After the cop found out what was going on, which by this time my 30 break was done, he told me to go ahead and move my truck and so I did. The other guy... $75 dollar parking ticket. Lol.

In short... Don't take up parking spots specifically made for doubles and triples. We have very few places we can park. Which adds to the already limited space for trucks.

Was he in the truck when you parked? Why didn't you point out his error and ask him to move. Then if he was a prick you could return the favor by blocking him in. Maybe he was a rookie and didn't know any better.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Matt S.'s Comment
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So I pulling in to a travel Plaza on i80 in Ohio for my 30 minute break. These areas have doubles and triples parking made just for those of us THAT PULL DOUBLES AND TRIPLES! I think it's a pretty easy concept to get. Well I pull in behind another truck pulling a 53 foot trailer. What does he do? Takes the last freaking doubles and triples spot. I must say also that the parking area was half empty. There as plenty of spaces he could have pulled into. I am like WTF! so what do I do. You guessed it or should have. I pull up right beside him and set my brakes and turn the truck off and head inside.

I guess he got a bit upset cause he was standing beside the truck waiting when I came back out. I guess he called the police cause one showed up about 3 seconds later. After the cop found out what was going on, which by this time my 30 break was done, he told me to go ahead and move my truck and so I did. The other guy... $75 dollar parking ticket. Lol.

In short... Don't take up parking spots specifically made for doubles and triples. We have very few places we can park. Which adds to the already limited space for trucks.

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Was he in the truck when you parked? Why didn't you point out his error and ask him to move. Then if he was a prick you could return the favor by blocking him in. Maybe he was a rookie and didn't know any better.

Being able to read, comprehend, and interpret road and lot signage is a very important skill for a truck driver to have. Granted, he could have missed the sign but not highly likely. A good rookie might notice the sign after the fact and get back in his truck and move it. This guy was just lazy and and thoughtless.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Jason C.'s Comment
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I was sitting at a pilot in Mt Vernon IL today and I watched 5-6 guys get mad because they had to wait for somebody to back into a spot. My thing was come on down the road your gonna be that guy backin in a spot and peoplw are gonna be waitimg on you. So many egos out there. I dont care how long you have driven a rig it only takes one mistake to screw it all up. Get ****y and get a ticket or even worse a wreck.

Larry B. 's Comment
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So I pulling in to a travel Plaza on i80 in Ohio for my 30 minute break. These areas have doubles and triples parking made just for those of us THAT PULL DOUBLES AND TRIPLES! I think it's a pretty easy concept to get. Well I pull in behind another truck pulling a 53 foot trailer. What does he do? Takes the last freaking doubles and triples spot. I must say also that the parking area was half empty. There as plenty of spaces he could have pulled into. I am like WTF! so what do I do. You guessed it or should have. I pull up right beside him and set my brakes and turn the truck off and head inside.

I guess he got a bit upset cause he was standing beside the truck waiting when I came back out. I guess he called the police cause one showed up about 3 seconds later. After the cop found out what was going on, which by this time my 30 break was done, he told me to go ahead and move my truck and so I did. The other guy... $75 dollar parking ticket. Lol.

In short... Don't take up parking spots specifically made for doubles and triples. We have very few places we can park. Which adds to the already limited space for trucks.

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Was he in the truck when you parked? Why didn't you point out his error and ask him to move. Then if he was a prick you could return the favor by blocking him in. Maybe he was a rookie and didn't know any better.

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Being able to read, comprehend, and interpret road and lot signage is a very important skill for a truck driver to have. Granted, he could have missed the sign but not highly likely. A good rookie might notice the sign after the fact and get back in his truck and move it. This guy was just lazy and and thoughtless.

I don't know but it just seems to me that this type of attitude toward fellow drives (blocking him in when you could have talked with him first) could be why the trucking industry is so lacking in professionalism. On one hand drivers say how there needs to be more comradre out there, by looking out for each other and having respect for the your fellow drivers, and then the first chance someone slights you, you essentially cross your arms, stick out your lower lip and say "you took my spot so there I'll teach you I'll just block you in, how do you like that".

I'm not even out there yet but I hope I show a little bit more professionalism than that.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
David's Comment
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Well the other guy could have shown respect by not parking in a doubles spot.. It goes both ways.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Larry B. 's Comment
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Well the other guy could have shown respect by not parking in a doubles spot.. It goes both ways.

yea but he didn't. So what? Somebody has to be the better man.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Guyjax (Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Yes a sleeper OTR truck is why it's longer than a day cab with doubles. It does not turn as sharp or as quickly so more room is needed.

And yes I could have stepped over and talked to him and asked him to move but the bathroom had priority over what that driver may have being thinking. Besides when you look in your mirror and see a set of doubles behind you then you should know that you should not Park in a doubles/triples spot. We both pulled off the the interstate at the same time and I followed him in.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Great Answer!
yea but he didn't. So what? Somebody has to be the better man.

Yeah, but is it being the better man by letting others walk all over you and disrespect you? Because that's exactly what that was. It wasn't an honest mistake. It wasn't an emergency. It was a complete lack of consideration on that driver's part. He knew exactly what he was doing and he didn't care.

In fact, he felt so entitled to do whatever he felt like doing that even when he broke the rules and created this situation he tried calling the cops on Guyjax who was given no choice but to park in the only place he could safely park. So this dude can do whatever he likes, even if it means breaking laws and inconveniencing others. But how dare anyone do anything that inconveniences him in return, right? You can't let those types get away with that kind of stuff because the more they get away with it the more obnoxious they become. I mean.....look how obnoxious he is already! Who the h*ll breaks the law and then calls the cops on someone else??? Seriously??? And you just want to walk away and let him get away with it?

Unfortunately the trucker stereotype of loud-mouthed, small-minded jerks is alive and well in 2014 - there's plenty of em out there. You're obviously not going to get any kind of respect, consideration, or camaraderie from those types and this driver was obviously one of em. I'm all about being kind, respectful, and getting along with people but you have to realize that not everyone feels that way. You have to deal appropriately with the person in front of you. Most of the time it's better to ignore people if you can and just walk away. In this case I think Guyjax did the right thing. This guy could have easily parked anywhere he wanted to but chose to be an inconsiderate jerk to other truckers no less. Imagine how he treats people he can't even relate to?

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rhonda's Comment
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There's a lot of rude truckers and 4 wheelers out here. Some days, God gives me the patience to overlook and ignore them.

Other days...not so much. Lol

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