how do you put up with it?

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by murph, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. murph

    murph Light Load Member

    Jan 22, 2010
    I was getting on 76 east (Schuylkill expressway to Philly) at exit 320 and its a very short entrance ramp. The car ahead of me went to the end of the ramp and never yielded at the end of the ramp.
    This lady never realized there was an 18 wheeler right there at her side.
    Cuddo's to the driver who avoided the disaster. This driver dodged and weaved and avoided a potential disaster.

    My wife was wondering why I kept yelling "dont do it! dont do it!" until I pointed and she saw the person merging in on the truck.

    Every one has to beat the truck.

    How do you put up with it? Is it something you get used to?
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  3. ONESHOT1997

    ONESHOT1997 Medium Load Member

    Jul 3, 2011
    Brandon Fl.
    Side window dash cam , and another pointing out the front- real drivers today have to learn and avoid other people its just not holding the wheel.
  4. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    You get used to it because you learn to expect it. After a while it becomes second nature.

    Like the saying, "if something can go wrong, it probably will", if there's a four-wheeler coming from an on ramp then chances are they'll attempt something stupid, like you saw.:)
  5. truckon

    truckon Swamp Thing

    Dec 16, 2011
    Like I'd tell you!
    I've had a number of vehicles including other trucks who never look till they realize their at the end of the ramp and I'm not moving out of the way, that's when they learn what brakes are for.
    old and broken and skootertrashr6 Thank this.
  6. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    NW Indiana
    It is a fair assumption that a large percentage of the population, now 70+ years after the first controlled access highways were first built( right there the PA Tpk was the 1st, opened in 1940) have not mastered the skill of merging onto the main highway from an entrance ramp. They are either too timid (stopping at the end of the ramp), too self absorbed-distracted(cell phone, don't know what a yield sign means and don't care), too aggressive( flying onto the highway etc.)
    As the density of the traffic on a given highway goes well over the capacity, it can only get worse.
    Moving Forward Thanks this.
  7. Ducks

    Ducks "Token Four-Wheeler"

    Jan 1, 2007
    Southeastern Pennsylvania
    As someone living in PA, I have to step up here and say that some of the problem is due to the older highways not having acceleration lanes. They have on- and off-ramps... and sometimes one on-ramp serves as the next exit's off-ramp. Plus, many of the roadways in my area weren't built to accommodate the high level of traffic they now handle... so combined with the lack of acceleration lanes, smooth merging isn't always possible. Travel the Blue Route (Route 476) or Route 422 at rush hour, and you'll see lines of traffic backed-up on the on-ramps. It's frustrating.
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  8. gpsman

    gpsman Road Train Member

    Dec 10, 2013
    You better get used to it, it seems to be human nature. The first thing a motorist does before they start the engine is throw any sense they might have out the window. That's why 30 4-wheelers try to come down a ramp 1 vehicle-length apart. Surely there will be enough room in the R lane for a 900' vehicle THIS TIME!
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2014
  9. Hegemeister

    Hegemeister Road Train Member

    Jun 16, 2012
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    It is something you learn to anticipate and avert. All part of being a good seasoned driver.
    old and broken Thanks this.
  10. maverickmk

    maverickmk Bobtail Member

    Feb 25, 2014
    Central Florida
    I love the idiots that stop at the end of the ramp :biggrin_25510:
  11. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

    Jul 19, 2008
    Sioux City,ia
    After so many times you learn to ecspect the unecspected and just shrug it off.It doesn't do any good to get mad as long as no damage is done.The motoring public does not respect trks like they should especialy out in the northeast.
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