Do you let other trucks know when you spot a defect?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by double yellow, Apr 11, 2013.

Do you alert other drivers to mechanical defects?

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    Yes

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    No

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    Sometimes

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  1. double yellow

    double yellow Road Train Member

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    Being governed, I get passed by at least 100 trucks a day and I'd say about 10 of them have some (dot) issue sitting in plain sight (usually a light or two out). And I'll get on the cb and do the 'hey jb, got it on?' -- and tell him the issue if he responds (most don't).

    Of those that do respond, about 1/3 never aknowledge further, 1/3 say something to the effect of either 'mind your own business' or 'thanks for letting all the bear know, man' and the remaining 1/3 say thanks.

    So I'm beginning to wonder if I should even mention it anymore, especially since a part of me thinks 'f them if they can't be bothered to do a proper pretrip.' But I know stuff breaks while going down the road & have had it happen (& appreciated it being pointed out) to me...
     
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  3. 900,000-tons-of-steel

    900,000-tons-of-steel Road Train Member

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    I do the same thing. A simple courtesy call on the CB. As you allude, sometimes things go bad while driving after a thorough pretrip. I'll continue to try and help my fellow drivers. If they cop an attitude, it's their problem not mine and I refuse to allow it to become mine.
     
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  4. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I think you're being a good neighbor looking out for youre fellow truckers.Just keep on doing what you're doing.If you get some azzwipe being very unapprecitive then say fine I hope the dot tickets you.
     
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  5. mcgoo422000

    mcgoo422000 Medium Load Member

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    I used to most already know and don't care to fix it anyway.
     
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  6. ironpony

    ironpony Road Train Member

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    ...and most don't have their ears on. Stupid. But I do it anyway.
     
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  7. starsonwindow

    starsonwindow Medium Load Member

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    I suggest not being rude, If they don't care you did your part, if they don't answer you then oh well they know better where the speed traps are and all about the constantly changing weather and about the truck in the ditch 3 miles ahead and all of that stuff. I have been doing this since I started driving and some acknowledge me some don't I did my part. I wouldn't worry about the bears knowing it either they are going to pull you or them or the guy 1/2 mile ahead of you on suspicions anyways giving them a reason is no reason to not keep helping the fellow driver, Keep up the good work, If you and I and the other few that said they do it to continue to help hands out here then they may start to do it too, and so on and so on!, Like the email thing if you email 20 people and they email 20 and so forth there are thousands that get the same message within a short period of time. Take Care Stay Safe.
     
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  8. Saddletramp1200

    Saddletramp1200 Road Train Member

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    Anyone without a CB can't do their job properly. It's a safety device. Cell phones don't work when CB will. I won't say more than that.
     
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  9. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I agree about not being rude.But that only applies if the driver is'nt rude to me.If hes rude then you bet he's going to get a dose of his own medicine.
     
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  10. vikingswen

    vikingswen Road Train Member

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    I will usually try to tell other drivers, but you never know the come back. I definitvely appreciate it if somebody points something out to me. I had a driver stick a note on my window the other day and I wish I could have thanked him in person.
     
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  11. Saddletramp1200

    Saddletramp1200 Road Train Member

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    I love/hate CB radios. Love the joy they can bring by speaking to others in different city's. Hate the scum that uses it for cussing, selling dope, or stolen goods. Lot lizards also.
     
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