Don't drive around yards with your 4way flashers active

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by nredfor88, Feb 20, 2021.

  1. OldeSkool

    OldeSkool Road Train Member

    Jul 17, 2018
    It’s kind of the same idea of a truck that’s parked with an orange cone in front. I know they have to do it, but seriously if I don’t see the truck odds are I won’t see the cone either and hit them both.

    Now if they wanted to have some good, working technology, they would tap into the cellphones and while you are texting your friend you would suddenly get a message, “caution, you are about to run over something!!!!”
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  3. Judge

    Judge Road Train Member

    Mar 19, 2014
    Newport, Ar
    Railroads require driving with headlights AND flashers on.

    Rule #8
    Used to it was just headlights, but idiots wouldn’t run them in the yard, so now the gate guard makes you turn on all lights.

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  4. Farmtractor9900

    Farmtractor9900 Light Load Member

    Nov 6, 2020
    I think the reason for putting out the cone is not for warning other drivers, it is a safety practice to ensure that the driver has done a thorough walk-around inspection. :dontknow:
  5. kylefitzy

    kylefitzy Road Train Member

    Aug 12, 2007
    Kansas city,Mo
    I only use my 4 ways when it’s raining out. That way people know it’s raining and they should be more cautious.
    I’ve been to 4 ports on the east coast and never heard of this. There seems to only be a few rules in the port:
    1. There are no rules.
    2. Use your horn not your brake pedal.

    that’s about it.
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  6. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    sometimes, being obnoxious, has the opposite effects, and you have to go back the next day.....

    i'd just pay attention to the customers......RULZS......and do as THEY SAY.....
  7. nredfor88

    nredfor88 Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2019
    Yeah, that's me. Polite, following the rules, grinning and bearing it. It's nice to fantasize about bullhorns and cattle prods though, something to get those sorry arse, mofos moving.
  8. singlescrewshaker

    singlescrewshaker Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2017
    Palmgetto, FL
    I realize you're being facetious, but people are soooo awful about running their 4 ways here in FL at the slightest sprinkle.. Turns the super slab into a frickin disco ball that can be extremely distracting, especially around twilight hour..

    So bad FDOT displays on the electronic message boards
    "When raining, wipers & headlights on, flashers off!!" No 4 wheeler has ever managed to read one of these signs, I swear.. :biggrin_25513:
  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    under a shade tree
    that's cuz, the ONLY signs they are looking for is the 4 PM blue plate special...!!!!!
  10. Dennixx

    Dennixx Road Train Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    twin cities
    We are required to place a cone during EVERY backing maneuver at a customer or at our plant and check the wheels whenever we leave the cab.
    Obviously this doesn't happen every time but somewhere in the distant past someone got out without setting the brakes and a rollaway occured so they implemented a 100% effective way to prevent it.
    As far as the cones go it guarantees you GOAL and has eliminated nearly all of our slow speed backing incidents in which any contact with anything is a preventable..even a cracked clearance marker. Every incident is subject to a root cause analysis and that's how they try to prevent repeated problems. Almost all of ours can be traced to driver error i.e. not following sop.
    Around here you get 1 strike..get a second and 90% of the time you're history.
    It is a lot to ask but none of the drivers make less than 100K a year so we try to follow the rules but it can be a pia.

    We are encouraged to use all lights available as well as 4 ways at the customer property. If there was ever a lawsuit over an incident no attorney could ever say we could have done more to be more visible.. probably why I'm the guy who keeps his mirrors and lights clean.
  11. MTN Boomer

    MTN Boomer Road Train Member

    Feb 4, 2019
    I had a Rig safety tell me to put them on. So unless I forget, they are on, same with hard hat & vest
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