23 year veteran trucker fired!

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by cmbyrom, Jul 14, 2019.

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  1. PE_Trans

    PE_Trans Road Train Member

    I know. That’s what I’m saying.

    I’m not sure that question can be answered because where would we get that information? What can be said is that tailgating and being the fastest vehicle on the road likely increases your chances of being involved in a rear-end accident. The faster you drive, the longer it takes to stop, the more lane changes you need to make, and for some drivers, the more one tailgates on the left lane while trying to pass a slower vehicle. I see this too often.

    Stevens Transport has said in their classrooms that drivers with less than 1.5 years of experience are the ones involved in minor accidents, while the more experienced drivers (1.5+ yrs) have the most serious accidents. I don’t find this surprising at all.
     
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    You gotta beat that ticket ....
     
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  3. PE_Trans

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    You see, unlike many drivers, I am not afraid to point out what doesn’t make sense in the CDL manual. Let’s be clear. The CDL manual is NOT perfect. Some of the information is outdated or inaccurate.

    I’ve known since I was 16, the age I became a legal driver, that driver manuals teach to look at your side mirrors every few seconds (around 5-15 seconds, for example). I probably practiced it for a few weeks, and then after some time I discontinued it, like most people, including 95% of you guys who are pretending you actually do it. I mean, c’mon. When was the last time you saw a driver looking at his side mirrors every 5-15 seconds? If anything, he’ll be texting on his phone, talking through his bluetooth, or even watching a movie.

    Anyway, I am absolutely NOT saying to never look at your side mirrors. Obviously there will be times when you must look at your side mirrors like when making a lane change. However, I do not find it safe to be on the freeway and looking at your side mirrors every 5-15 seconds. Your liability really is ahead of you. If someone hits the back of your truck, that’s on them, unless of course, they can prove you did something wrong like an improper or last-second lane change. Oh, and always, always have a dash cam on your truck. Trust me.
     
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    I just want to add here that when you don't start saving at a young age, reality bites. That's why he was still working. A modest lifestyle is going out to dinner once a week. That's it. No travel, no fancy clothes, no fine jewelry. The t.v. is IT! WE live in a mobile home. Hope that paints the picture.
     
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  5. Diesel Dave

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    Huh !!!!! What’s this supposed to mean ? I live looking at my mirrors. Im basically like a center of the radar, looking all around and some. Anything I see out of the ordinary, I will focus on but still doesn’t keep me from constantly looking at my mirrors. What are you going to do when something in front of you happens, which way are you gonna go ? By keeping up looking at your mirrors might determine your fate.
     
  6. cmbyrom

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    We don't. :-(
     
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    I agree!
     
  8. TripleSix

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    So, if someone is tailgating 5 feet off your bumper, why do you care?
     
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  9. cmbyrom

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    OTR and/or regional. As a 1099, he would have to own his own truck, right? He has always been a company driver.
     
  10. PE_Trans

    PE_Trans Road Train Member

    Tailgaters are annoying and usually easily detectable in your peripheral vision. What do you want me to do? Take an exit? Move to another lane? Lightly brake on him? I just let them be, and move on. They’re lucky I usually have a big following distance in front of me because my normal speed is 62. Even when I do brake, I don’t just floor my brakes unless I really have to. I’ve seen some folks hit their brakes hard unnecessarily and the vehicle behind him almost rear-ends him.
     
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