50 vehicle pile up in Fort Worth on icy interstate

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by drvrtech77, Feb 11, 2021.

  1. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

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    A few trucks have that nowadays since it’s tied in to collision mitigation systems installed on the trucks.
    On the Freightliner I used to drive the radar showed the vehicle’s speed in front you and distance in feet. On the Kenworth I currently drive it shows the vehicle’s speed and distance in seconds. But nothing beats a good pair of eyes,situational awareness and good judgment.
     
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  3. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    Agree
    But it will read their speed quite a ways back and if way different than your own speed then it’s just an added bonus for planning on wether to pass or not

    Some of the crash mitigation items I have a nice but sometimes this truck wants to get a little to scared of its own shadow

    A few times it for no reason and no one around has decided to hit the brakes

    Actually in the shop now for the 5th time this year and they think they found the issue
    I hope. As a truck braking on its own on ice is not a good idea

    My friend bought a 2021 suv and his car does it also
     
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  4. mjd4277

    mjd4277 Road Train Member

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    Yes unfortunately the mitigation systems have a mind of their own sometimes. So far the one in my Kenworth hasn’t acted up (yet). But the one in the Freightliner was always going off,especially if went under highway signs or near underpasses. I think Bendix needs to go back to the drawing board on that one.
     
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  5. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    If I'm closing on the vehicle ahead if me, I don't need to know how fast they are going. If I decide I will need to pass, I will safely change lanes and pass. If their speed is close to mine, I will hammer on it and get around them. Guys are getting so dependent on nanny systems they are forgetting how to think for themselves. IMO.
     
  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

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    yeah true, but the 4 wheelers were going into that just as hot as well..

    dumbasery on all parts...
     
  7. GYPSY65

    GYPSY65 Medium Load Member

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    Not the point of that was directed to my post
    I know immediately once I pass one truck and get back over how fast the next truck is going and if I should just ride with or pass
    You can’t tell the speed of one truck doing 70 and the next doing 72
    It takes several minutes to catch a truck going close to your speed

    Now if I’m going 70 it’s easy like you say to see the truck going 64

    Only super trucker can spot that 1-2 mph difference from 1/4 mile back
     
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