Governed Truck Passing Etiquette

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Timecook, May 17, 2013.

  1. Timecook

    Timecook Light Load Member

    Jan 15, 2013
    The most dangerous thing in traffic is grouping/clumping of cars and trucks because if one goes down everyone behind them goes down. Grouping/clumping happens when everyone goes the same speed. That is why cops let some go faster and some go slower. You never see speed traps that pull in people doing 5-9 over or under, truck or car. And to add to that, when everyone goes the same speed, people get bored. A huge hurdle for someone getting used to driving a truck is going the same speed and not moving for a long period of time. The same training is not given to 4 wheelers. Get most of them going in a straight line for over an hour and you'll see swerving. Sometimes having to pass people and deal with obsticles is good for staying alert.

    And your thing about "it's the law"... Common sense trumps the law every time. Unfortunately many of our laws are not (and some can not be) based on common sense. The point I just made about the speed limit is a perfect example of how the law cannot make sense, but that the cops use some of it in determining who to pull over. They know its more dangerous for everyone to fall in line.
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  3. freightrunner

    freightrunner Heavy Load Member

    Mar 25, 2012
    Are you the police?
  4. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2010
    There's nothing better than a Prime or England truck in front of the two of you when this happens. Since the guy has sped up usually you end up with a line of cars behind you. There's nothing better than watching someone like that get stuck behind that Prime truck and he can't get out in the left to pass due to those cars he caused to back up.
  5. vickilee

    vickilee Bobtail Member

    May 20, 2013
    kings mtn, NC
    I took the time to watch the video, I read your post, it all made very good sense to me, thank you, your job is hard enough but thanks for taking the time to teach a newbie,
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  6. snowblind

    snowblind Heavy Load Member

    Jan 29, 2011
    conover nc
    well i think we should go bact to a better time when gov trucks rarely existed and we could stroll across texas at 100 unless somebody came up behind you then you ease over let them go, thats courtesy.....
  7. striker

    striker Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2009
    Denver, Co
    I drive a 77 mph truck, I know who I can and can't pass and on what types of terrain, every so often I get hung out. But I make a effort to pass quickly and get on down the road.
  8. tomahawk204

    tomahawk204 Bobtail Member

    Feb 18, 2011
    I drive a governed truck at 65 mph and will always ease off for another truck that is going just a little bit faster. What ticks me off is when a passing truck cannot seem to stay in their lane nearly clipping me with their trailer, or the driver pulls off at the next exit.
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  9. AZS

    AZS Honk if anything falls off

    Sep 30, 2010
    PHX, AZ
    I back it down before they even get out to pass me sometimes as long as traffic is light, I figure might as well quit delaying the inevitable and everyone can get on with their day.
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  10. allan5oh

    allan5oh Road Train Member

    Jan 6, 2010
    Winnipeg, mb
    I've never understood this issue. If a truck in front of me is doing 0-3 mph less, I could care less if I pass him or not. Even if it takes half an hour, I shaved what 30 seconds of time out of the day? I'm simply not going to get all excited passing, just wait for a large opening in traffic and move on over. I've never understood the excitement of passing a truck going 0-3 mph slower than you. It's simply inconsiderate to everyone else. There's not a single schedule that would be affected by this, and if there is it's the schedules problem not mine. Getting into the mindset that you must pass everything going slightly slower than you makes you no different than four wheelers. And if a company says you must run exactly 62 or 65 for fule mileage do you also believe they're going to get you home every weekend and still make $70k? They're full of crap and don't know what they're talking about.

    I'm limited to 65 but run 60. I have had a handful of situations where I'm hung out to dry, but that's mostly when I move over to let someone in. Boy does that boil my water. I move over to let you in, and you just match my speed? Usually turning on the turn signal does the trick. I've run 60 mph for over 10 years now without issue.

    I've got decent power under the hood, and cruising along at 60 I cannot tell you how many times I've had to back off to let a 62 mph company truck with a wheezer motor over that tried passing me on a hill.

    There is nothing wrong with speed limiters. The problem is with bad driving and bad habits. The speed limiters just showed the problem.
  11. danwantstodrive

    danwantstodrive Light Load Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Or when on a 2 lane highway going uphill, one truck going 47 and the other truck going 50 decides to get in the left lane and pass, and slows everyone else down to 50mph taking 5 minutes to pass him, then on the top after you finally passed him, his non governed truck passes your governed truck and your back behind him. This is what gets me the most.
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