|Ol' Jack always says...|
what the hell.
One of the guys that I know that drove a semi-truck is now retired, he told me that they're getting worse because they're coming from other countries, they pass the CDL test and they still drive like they did back in their original country. He told me to expect it go get worse too.
|Fortified with Sleestak|
Yep. Two truck stops, directly across from each other, on the main road I take to and from home. Every day, twice a day, I go past these. Nearly every day a truck pulls out in front of me or someone near me. They're important you know.
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They rebuilt that area around Dooblin. Its pretty nice to travel through there.
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The stretch of I81 through the Shenandoah Valley has turned into a demolition derby in the last couple years. Between idiot drivers in both semi trucks and regular vehicles it's like Mad Max. Not sure why but SWIFT seems to hire an incredible number of horrible drivers. The joke is that the company name stands for Sure Wish I Finished Training.
Only on the internet can you have a thread complaining about driver quality running side by side with a thread bitching about shipping costs. In an industry that hasn't seen increased driver wages in two decades, it should be no wonder that the job is being populated by immigrants who bring their habits and culture to the job. Trucking is now longer a profession, but has become just a job.
This is the same as those cities who complain that they have no qualified applicants to their police departments, while offering an $18,000 starting wage while asking you to buy your own gear. You kinda get what you pay for.
|His diet consists of black|
coffee, and sarcasm.
They have to rest some time.
"My wife is dragging me to this stupid play. Somebody please kill me."
-- Abraham Lincoln
|Res ipsa loquitur|
I was nearly killed by one in a hit-and-run on I-15 years ago. He came up along side me on my left side and suddenly changed lanes and moved right into me. We locked up and he started dragging me down the freeway. After a while, my car broke free and and as he started braking, I did a 360 and spun in front of him, he then hit me broadside, on the driver's side, and started pushing me with his bumper down the freeway sideways. My car then slid off to his left side where we locked up again and he started pulling me down the freeway backwards. After a bit, I broke free and started doing 360s down the freeway towards the oncoming traffic, I hit a VW head-on in one spin and totaled it. That collission then threw me backwards into a reverse spin where I spun into the jerseys dividng north and south bound traffic. That put me into another spin back towards traffic where I finally came to a stop facing traffic in the number 1 lane; the VW was in number two. The semi driver pulled over and came back and asked if I was OK and said he was going to radio for help. The @#)$(* then got back in his truck and took off. Fortunately, another trucker stopped too and he recognized the fleet line and turned them in. About a week later, the highway patrol caught him returning to his yard. They found paint from my car on the bolts holding his bumper on. The bolts matched the holes in the side of my car when he was pushing me sidways down the freeway. The highway patrol figures the bolts were the only reason he didn't roll me or go over the top. This was in '89. I still have a bad back from it.
Last night, I'm driving home with the kids and wife in the far right lane towing our travel trailer when some trucker in a rush cut over (right) to pass a slower rig in his lane. I stood on the brakes and he missed the front of my truck by maybe 10'.
|Too old to run, |
too mean to quit!
See this shit all the time around here. Especially on I95. Those drivers seem to think that speed limit signs are suggested minimums.
Not to mention the reckless insanity they commit.
My brother was a state cop up in the northwest and did a lot of interstate patrols. He had a lot of "interesting" stories to tell about truckers and their antics. He clocked one at something like 105 mph. Going downhill on a long stretch, heavily loaded.
Around here one of their/my favorites is to get side by each, bumbling along at 20 MPH and tying up traffic for miles.
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