U-Turn In Big Rig And.... Your Fired! ??

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Sonia C.'s Comment
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So I was given a driver portal log in from Werner to read through pre-orientation information, forms to fill out, benefits, etc. Also gives you the company polices, handbook, etc.

They have a list of immediate terminable offenses and one was a NO U turn policy? Can someone give me some insight on this? I don't recall reading anything that says its illegal for 18 wheelers to make this maneuver unless there is signage stating it.

Is this just considered a dangerous/ safety issue? I know you can't just whip a u turn anywhere.

Let me tell u I drove for Werner for 3 yrs and when they say no u turns they mean it,if u get stuck for any reason and call the police to help u out,even if there was no accident u will be charge with a safety violation and they will fire you,find a safe place were to turn around and be safe,Werner has eyes everywere believe me they will find out sooner then u think.Be Safe.

Scott O.'s Comment
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There's a video on youtube of a truck driver trying to do a u turn and messes up the truck

USA Truck - Driver Tears Up Truck Getting Turned Around

This truck driver tries to get turned around but winds up tearing up the truck (and probably losing his job) in the process.
Rolling Thunder's Comment
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Yep, I knew there had to be reasons for such a policy.

Matt S.'s Comment
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There's a video on youtube of a truck driver trying to do a u turn and messes up the truck no u turn

Damn! That's a bad day but the driver made a poor decision. Am guessing he should've called for state police or police assistance?

DeJuan J.'s Comment
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Well Werner must not deliver to the Kohl's DC in Macon, Ga because you ca5 turn into it without going to the next light and making a u-turn. It even has "make u-turn" 1 mile before you reach it in the Qualcomm gps. I sat there for 2 minutes trying to figure why would it tell me to make a u-turn when I was5 lost luckily my trainer came from the sleeper berth and said you have no choice but to make this u-turn unless you plan on tearing up the truck crossing the median.lol

Sleeper Berth:

The portion of the tractor behind the seats which acts as the "living space" for the driver. It generally contains a bed (or bunk beds), cabinets, lights, temperature control knobs, and 12 volt plugs for power.

Qualcomm:

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.
Brian 's Comment
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There's a video on youtube of a truck driver trying to do a u turn and messes up the truck no u turn

Man did he mess up on that.....only thing he did right....was at least see the LOW bridge sign and didn't stuff the truck under the bridge, but with proper trip planning he should have been aware of the bridge and never have driven down that road.

Scott O.'s Comment
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There's a video on youtube of a truck driver trying to do a u turn and messes up the truck no u turn

He should of asked the car/truck behind him to back up more and see if they could hold up traffic then straight back far enough to make a left turn or to do a u turn in that intersection would of had more room

Scott O.'s Comment
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There's a video on youtube of a truck driver trying to do a u turn and messes up the truck no u turn

My Qualcomm lead me in the wrong direction for a fuel stop and had to turn around at a little round about at the entrance of a trailer park that wuz bad I thought lol

Qualcomm:

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.
ATXJEHU's Comment
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It is almost always a bad idea to do a u-turn with a tractor/trailer for all the previous reasons listed and more. Have I ever? Well, let's just say that I know a guy who did it a couple of times without anything bad happening. But, his company would have fired him immediately if it ever came to light. All of the training companies show videos of attempted u-turns that turned out badly. The ones I saw did not have accidents involving other vehicles, but rather concerned the damage done to the truck and/or trailer, not to mention the embarrassment of having law enforcement write you a ticket and having to call a tow truck to get the equipment back on the road.

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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So I was given a driver portal log in from Werner to read through pre-orientation information, forms to fill out, benefits, etc. Also gives you the company polices, handbook, etc.

They have a list of immediate terminable offenses and one was a NO U turn policy? Can someone give me some insight on this? I don't recall reading anything that says its illegal for 18 wheelers to make this maneuver unless there is signage stating it.

Is this just considered a dangerous/ safety issue? I know you can't just whip a u turn anywhere.

I drive for Werner and it's true. If you get caught doing a U-turn you're done. They are pretty strict with safety. You also can't park on the side of the road or anywhere besides a truck stop, rest area, or terminal. Makes it a pain when you're running out of time on the clock and you can't find a spot to park..

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

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