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What Is It About Truckers???????????????

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Bubba Ray Boudreaux, Sep 23, 2004.

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  1. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    Let me preface the coming rant by saying that I have been related to truckers and know a few and they are pretty awesome people and w/o them, we sure as heck wouldn't be getting parts, food and beer...........................

    But since I have been on the job, I have met some of the stupidiest dumbfawks society has to offer and they have been truckers.

    Where the heck do they get off by running 20-30 over the speed limit on a road that I can barely handle in my patrol car that fast?

    Or 20-30 over on a fawking dirt road, with a school bus full of kids coming the other way?

    Or the one that was about two steps from going into diabetic shock, while hauling a combine in a fawking 40 mph crosswind?

    Or how about the ones that ran into the building and then decided to drive off that I had to escort back to the scene?

    Or the ones that see me, decide to slow down from 20 over, then after they pass me, think it's all fine and dandy to speed back up?

    Here's the kicker. Tonight, I'm on a traffic stop and I've got the whole light show going and I've got to say, those old '80s era mirrors that we have are a great place to aim the spotlight /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif and while I'm sitting in my car writing the warning, this trucker decides to stop to inform me that my lights are blinding him. Of course I instantly came up with some quick replies like the "what the **** do you want me to do, tell this poor guy I just stop to turn north and drive 5 miles through the farmers field until my lights can't be seen?" or the important officer safety line. I just rolled my window down, heard him out, said "okay" and rolled the window back up and continued on with my business. He drove off.

    Now here's the kicker before some of ya go off, 99% of these yahoos I run into are local drivers only, only a couple are OTR..........................
     
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    The local and highway thing...what fun /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif....as a rule-how far out is yer backup?
     
  3. Bubba Ray Boudreaux

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    The local and highway thing...what fun /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif....as a rule-how far out is yer backup?

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    Depends on what night of the week. Best case scenario could be a few seconds to minutes. Weekends we have about 5-6 on during the night, plus all the local departments have someone working and they are ready to jump out of their jurisdiction to help another officer out.

    Worse case scenario, during the week when it's usually two or three of us on at night, we could be as far as 20-30 minutes away from backup.

    So far, I've been out on suspicious vehicle calls that had deputies from two states and three different counties respond to. We also get help from other agencies outside of the state on our border areas if we happen to be far away.

    I'm lucky on my side of the county. There's three city departments and if I have something cooking closeby and they have someone on, they will be there in a drop of a hat.

    But yeah, when I'm a long ways away from anyone out on a traffic stop, I do have some serious pucker factor going on.
     
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    You don't have to tell me anything, I work with more in an hour than you prob have to deal w/ in a week. I work at Freightliner and some of the drivers are just scary /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif Don't get me wrong, there are alot of professional drivers out there, but some of these guys I wouldn't want driving a golf cart no less a rig.
     
  5. landsmasher

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    Most of the rigs here in So. Cal are doing 70 - 75 and driving in the second or even third lanes... Swift trucks along with a few others have governers on them so they can't go over about 60 or 65. But even that is illegal here. You hardly ever see a Highway Patrol car anywhere on the freeways anymore. BTW... Most of the drivers I see are either towel heads or from south of the border...
     
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    i used to tow them and its amazing how many try to deliver bridges here in chicago.
     
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    I used to have respect for truckers, as I understand that the way most people drive anymore, it is very hard to maneuver one of those things in traffic.

    However, for the past few years, my perception of them has pretty much dropped to a stereotype of people that are in such a hurry to make a buck, that they have no regard for anyones safety, even their own.

    All I have to do is get on the freeway around here (pretty densely packed roads for the most part, and I see it immediately. Speed limit 60 (I think thats for trucks to, although in some places its 55 for trucks) and I am CONSTANTLY being passed by them. None of this speeding up for hills stuff, this is just to go fast.

    I don't care what anyone says, a semi truck tailgating a car because the car is driving the speed limit is not safe, never has been, never will, and there is no driver in the world that could keep one of those rigs in their lane without injuring someone if the vehicle 10 feet in front of them had to slam on their brakes.

    IMO these guys aren't cited nearly enough. Of all the dangerous people on the road, these ones are driving the most lethal vehicles out there, and not safely.
     
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    IMO there are no truckers anymore, just, "Wheel holders".

    That (tsk tsk) would have definitely got a ticket.
     
  9. gjk5

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    My biggest beef with the truckers is the sense of entitlement, you should get out of the way so they don't have to slow down, you shouldn't mind them popping over and cutting you off 'cause they would have hed to hit the brakes (even though you had to slam them). Or you're going up a pass @ 70 and they decide to pass the guy in the slow lane 'cause he's doing 38, so they pop over in front of you.... at 40. My favorite one though is the f*cking tires on the road, they blow a tire and just keep on rolling 'cause hell, they've got 17 more to spare. Here in CO you head down I-70 and come around a bend in the mountains @ 70 mph, and bam! there's a big ass tire in the middle of the road just to make your life interesting. They ought to be fined big time for leaving those in the road.
     
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    I used to have respect for truckers, as I understand that the way most people drive anymore, it is very hard to maneuver one of those things in traffic.

    However, for the past few years, my perception of them has pretty much dropped to a stereotype of people that are in such a hurry to make a buck, that they have no regard for anyones safety, even their own.

    All I have to do is get on the freeway around here (pretty densely packed roads for the most part, and I see it immediately. Speed limit 60 (I think thats for trucks to, although in some places its 55 for trucks) and I am CONSTANTLY being passed by them. None of this speeding up for hills stuff, this is just to go fast.

    I don't care what anyone says, a semi truck tailgating a car because the car is driving the speed limit is not safe, never has been, never will, and there is no driver in the world that could keep one of those rigs in their lane without injuring someone if the vehicle 10 feet in front of them had to slam on their brakes.

    IMO these guys aren't cited nearly enough. Of all the dangerous people on the road, these ones are driving the most lethal vehicles out there, and not safely.

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    This works several ways. Imagine it like this - The people at the trucking company set up pick-up times at shippers and delivery times at receivers. They usually figure 2 hours to load and drive time when scheduling these appointments. Now, the driver gets to the shipper and it takes 6 or 10 hours to load because most warehouse workers are lazy. Then he leaves and later is held up in traffic for 3 hours because some moron in a car weaving in and out traffic caused a fatality accident. What happens if he is late? He gets fired. Is it ok to speed? No. But maybe that's why they do it. Maybe if other people didn't screw with thier plans so much they would have more time to reach thier destination.

    Truck drivers are not perfect, don't think that is what I am saying. They take people out of an Escort and run them through a 2 week course and send them out with 80,000 pounds. Also, a lot of truck drivers today are the impatient people who drive thier cars like crap anyway, they don't realize that when they are in trucks there is a whole new set of rules. I really hate it when trucks tailgate while driving down the highway, there is no reason for this.

    One thing that annoys me while driving a semi in traffic? When I put on my turn signal to switch lanes and everybody comes out from behind me to pass and then I can't ever get over. I am just trying to do my job, yet they make it very difficult. I don't go to thier job and screw with them.

    There are jerks on both sides of the fence on this, and until you have drove a semi you won't know what I am saying. Cars treat semis differently than other cars, that's why you won't know.
     
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    ...you're going up a pass @ 70 and they decide to pass the guy in the slow lane 'cause he's doing 38, so they pop over in front of you.... at 40.

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    That wouldn't be so bad! On my commute home there's a 2 lane (each way) pass with a 65mph limit that some trucks can't get over 5 mph on, and other trucks will pull out and pass them at 6-7 mph, causing cars to slam on their brakes to avoid pounding the trailer. It's ridiculous, there will sometimes be 40+ cars stacking up behind the truck while the dumb fawker passes. The uphill side that's steep isn't even 3 miles long either, by the time they get passed and in front of the slower guy they've cut maybe a minute off of their drive, tops. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    My favorite one though is the f*cking tires on the road, they blow a tire and just keep on rolling 'cause hell, they've got 17 more to spare. Here in CO you head down I-70 and come around a bend in the mountains @ 70 mph, and bam! there's a big ass tire in the middle of the road just to make your life interesting. They ought to be fined big time for leaving those in the road.

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    I don't feel it is very safe for a truck to stop and pick up these tires. Cars will not slow down to let them safely remove the tire from the road. Cars will run truck drivers over or slam into the back of the truck when they swerve. Also, somtime a tire will lose it's tread and the driver not even know it. Not because he is an idiot, but because if it is a trailer tire (which are usually in worse condition than tractor tires) it can loose the tread and not shake or vibrate the truck at all. The only way to know is if it happens to make enough noise when it comes off, if you happen to see it in the mirror, or if someone tells you. By the time you find out and find a safe place to stop you may have to walk 2 miles to get the tire, most people drive around the Wal-Mart parking lot for 20 minutes so they can get a front row spot so they don't have to wobble thier fat a$$es up to the store from half way out, yet a driver should walk a couple miles to pick up a tire and then drag 50 to 100 pounds back to his truck? Then he need to safely pull back on to the highway with a bunch of inconsiderate car drivers too damn lazy to reach thier fat arm up to activate the turn signal switch to move over and let the trucker back out.

    Maybe there are reasons why they don't get fined?
     
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    Similar to what you've said, I hate it when a few trucks from the same company are running together down the open highway and are all going to the same place and one is topped out at 64.8 mph and the other is topped out 64.9 mph because his truck has new tires (taller tread, faster truck) and then he has to pass his friend. It takes about 8 miles to pass and causes a huge backup. UPS and Fed-Ex Freight trucks are good for this.
     
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    "I don't feel it is very safe for a truck to stop and pick up these tires. Cars will not slow down to let them safely remove the tire from the road. Cars will run truck drivers over or slam into the back of the truck when they swerve."

    BS. At least here, I can understand that logic in a metro area, but that is not the case in Western CO., there may be a full 10 min with no cars passing, besides they are not going to intentionally run over the driver, get real. Besides, they dropped the tire, what about the safety of the family behind them?

    "Also, somtime a tire will lose it's tread and the driver not even know it. Not because he is an idiot, but because if it is a trailer tire (which are usually in worse condition than tractor tires) it can loose the tread and not shake or vibrate the truck at all. The only way to know is if it happens to make enough noise when it comes off, if you happen to see it in the mirror, or if someone tells you."


    Also BS, I have a friend that was an OTR driver and I asked him this and he smiled real sly and said "that's what I always said when asked" but that you could always tell if you were paying attention (at least with a tire loss, the retreads are a whole different set of BS that they shouldn't be using anyway) If it is that difficult to tell, a sensor should be required.


    "By the time you find out and find a safe place to stop you may have to walk 2 miles to get the tire, most people drive around the Wal-Mart parking lot for 20 minutes so they can get a front row spot so they don't have to wobble thier fat a$$es up to the store from half way out, yet a driver should walk a couple miles to pick up a tire and then drag 50 to 100 pounds back to his truck?"

    YES, and what does Wal Mart parking have to do with it?

    "Then he need to safely pull back on to the highway with a bunch of inconsiderate car drivers too damn lazy to reach thier fat arm up to activate the turn signal switch to move over and let the trucker back out."


    YES, so sorry to inconvenience this precious driver, but again someone could be seriously hurt by this tire. It is a heavy fine and ticket in this state for regular motorists to leave a tire on the SIDE of the highway, why should it be OK for someone on the job to leave it IN the road.

    "Maybe there are reasons why they don't get fined?"

    Indisputable logic.
     
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    Have fun driving your car, thank a POS truck driver for everything you have, and make his life hell at the same time. Thanks hero /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

    BTW - When a tire blows out it is definitely noticable. Caps are not noticable unless you are empty or loaded light. If an entire tire is on the road, I doubt it was lost of off the wheel, maybe it fell from the under trailer carrier or something. I really get a kick out of the dumbfawk car drivers who will tailgate then try to pull me over when my trailer loses a cap and it is stuck in thier radiator, I just laugh and keep driving, waving right back at them.

    Do you ever leave colorado? Things are different elsewhere. So who determines if an area is remote enough to safely pick up a tire?

    ATTACKS LIKE THE ONE I DELETED IN THIS POST ARE NOT TOLERATED HERE AT CK5. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED.....
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    Let me preface the coming rant by saying that I have been related to truckers and know a few and they are pretty awesome people and w/o them, we sure as heck wouldn't be getting parts, food and beer...........................

    But since I have been on the job, I have met some of the stupidiest dumbfawks society has to offer and they have been truckers.

    Where the heck do they get off by running 20-30 over the speed limit on a road that I can barely handle in my patrol car that fast?

    Or 20-30 over on a fawking dirt road, with a school bus full of kids coming the other way?

    Or the one that was about two steps from going into diabetic shock, while hauling a combine in a fawking 40 mph crosswind?

    Or how about the ones that ran into the building and then decided to drive off that I had to escort back to the scene?

    Or the ones that see me, decide to slow down from 20 over, then after they pass me, think it's all fine and dandy to speed back up?

    Here's the kicker. Tonight, I'm on a traffic stop and I've got the whole light show going and I've got to say, those old '80s era mirrors that we have are a great place to aim the spotlight /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif and while I'm sitting in my car writing the warning, this trucker decides to stop to inform me that my lights are blinding him. Of course I instantly came up with some quick replies like the "what the **** do you want me to do, tell this poor guy I just stop to turn north and drive 5 miles through the farmers field until my lights can't be seen?" or the important officer safety line. I just rolled my window down, heard him out, said "okay" and rolled the window back up and continued on with my business. He drove off.

    Now here's the kicker before some of ya go off, 99% of these yahoos I run into are local drivers only, only a couple are OTR..........................

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    I agree with a hand full of them being dumb as hell, keep in mind it's in the smaller percentage. As a matter of fact it's usually the ones on the side of the road with a patrol unit behind them. /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    there are alot of professional drivers out there, but some of these guys I wouldn't want driving a golf cart no less a rig.


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    I think the same way. Especially the newbies that don't even know how to pull the hood up. /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif

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    IMO these guys aren't cited nearly enough. Of all the dangerous people on the road, these ones are driving the most lethal vehicles out there, and not safely

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    As a matter of FACT that is quite the opposite. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif

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    IMO there are no truckers anymore, just, "Wheel holders".


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    Thats just plain ignorant....


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    "Also, somtime a tire will lose it's tread and the driver not even know it. Not because he is an idiot, but because if it is a trailer tire (which are usually in worse condition than tractor tires) it can loose the tread and not shake or vibrate the truck at all. The only way to know is if it happens to make enough noise when it comes off, if you happen to see it in the mirror, or if someone tells you."


    Also BS, I have a friend that was an OTR driver and I asked him this and he smiled real sly and said "that's what I always said when asked" but that you could always tell if you were paying attention (at least with a tire loss, the retreads are a whole different set of BS that they shouldn't be using anyway) If it is that difficult to tell, a sensor should be required.

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    Why don't you run out and get in a semi for a little while instead of relying on heresay from your friends experience and then come back and try to convince some of us, that have 100's and 100's of thousands of miles of REAL experience, that we don't have a clue.


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    "By the time you find out and find a safe place to stop you may have to walk 2 miles to get the tire, most people drive around the Wal-Mart parking lot for 20 minutes so they can get a front row spot so they don't have to wobble thier fat a$$es up to the store from half way out, yet a driver should walk a couple miles to pick up a tire and then drag 50 to 100 pounds back to his truck?"

    YES, and what does Wal Mart parking have to do with it?


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    /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif geez... your mind is clouded.
     
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