Governed Truck Passing Etiquette

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

  1. paul 1052

    paul 1052 Heavy Load Member

    Oct 9, 2010
    Sand Springs, Ok.
    To me, I dont think its safe to pass on a 2 lane unless you can go at least 15mph faster than the vehicle that you want to pass.
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  3. tracyq144

    tracyq144 Heavy Load Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    I learned this the hard way (experience). Tapping my brakes, and letting the other truck get by me is so much less stressful than "making" that SOB work to get by me.

    At the same time, I "would" like to pass another truck going 1 mph slower than me, so I don't have to keep hitting the brakes for the next 100 miles. But unless the other driver is willing to "tap" his brakes, it's an exercise in frustration.

    BUT, I was in FL two weeks ago (flatter than hell), and came up on a Davis truck, he must have been going 2-3 miles/hr less than me, and I went into the left lane to pass. THEN, he decided to speed up! Slowed down a few Big trucks (and went into the illegal left lane to let them pass, since they were apparently scared to do that), it took me, maybe, 10 miles to pass him, but I did not give a ####. Sometimes you just get pissed.

    And, as I got even with him, the stupid ####### had the gall to smile and wave, like he had no idea what an ####### he was being.

    Sorry, I am a good and courteous driver 99.999999% of the time, but sometimes I guess I just lose it.
  4. Upright

    Upright Medium Load Member

    Jul 13, 2012
    California's Best City
    Ahh the no one wants to be behind a truck syndrome.
  5. EZ Money

    EZ Money Road Train Member

    Good point,
    The sad thing is that 99% of the drivers will never lift off the throttle for a second to let the other truck pass.
    Just no courtesy on the road these days.

    My truck is not governed but i will still let off if another driver wants around.All it takes is about 2 seconds of lifting off the throttle to let the guy around you.
    No big deal and it does not ruin my day.
  6. adomako69

    adomako69 Bobtail Member

    Sep 3, 2012
    Apparently this guy has never run any highways in Chicago...try running 55 thru there lol you will probably cause an accident...there are times where it is safer to run with traffic than following the speed limit. My truck is governed at 69 and the way I see it, if you can run faster good for you most of us would be running with you if we could! I try not to be a d*** to other drivers, most of these guys just don't care
  7. hagarcobra

    hagarcobra Medium Load Member

    May 24, 2013
    the proper thing to do is back out of the throttle and let the passing vehicle go around.i have a 65 mile an hour truck and do it all the time,hasn't hurt me yet.
  8. laytonrock

    laytonrock Light Load Member

    Feb 28, 2013
    im always below the speed limit and do the best to stay out of everybodies way , i dont care how you operate your your truck cause every one has differant loads,time schedules,driving habits and rates of pay. by being below the speed limit i always have open road in front of me which is safe,less stressful and expands my reaction time and my fuel,maintanace and insuance cost are low. on two lane roads i will step it up to the speed limit if im holding up traffic. if you must speed to pass me i will slow down and let you go. i stopped playing the hurry up and wait game long time ago and still seem to make the same money happy trails
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  9. DirtyBob

    DirtyBob Road Train Member

    Sep 2, 2010
    If you do 55 in the right lane in Chicago you're alright since you're the only one that will ever be in it unless you get to a traffic jam. Oh, I forgot, if the sign says right lane closed 1 mile, then everyone will jump into the right lane as well.
  10. Lepton1

    Lepton1 Road Train Member

    Nov 23, 2012
    Yukon, OK
    .... but .... but... aren't you missing all those NCIS reruns at the truck stop!?
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  11. laytonrock

    laytonrock Light Load Member

    Feb 28, 2013
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