Random Questions

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Labrador, Jun 22, 2022 at 3:22 PM.

Have you ever had to use a Runaway Truck Ramp?

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  2. No

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  1. Labrador

    Labrador Light Load Member

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    I thought I would post some random trucking questions here as the thread goes on.

    Are CAT scales associated with Caterpillar?

    How does the trucker check the tail lights and turning signals, reverse lights if they are by themselves?

    Do most trucks nowadays have built in cell phone? If so, does this cell phone provide wifi access even if not at a truck stop?

    Bobtailing - driving just the tractor? Deadheading - driving a tractor and trailer, but the trailer is empty?

    Automatic transmission trucks, is the Jake Brake normally still manually activated?

    Do private trucking terminals (Werner, Schnieder, Western Express, Swift, etc) sometimes repair trucks belonging to other companies for a fee?
     
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  3. Phoenix Heavy Haul

    Phoenix Heavy Haul Light Load Member

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    *No

    *Get out and look

    *No

    *Yes & Yes

    *Yes

    *Highly doubtful
     
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  4. God prefers Diesels

    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    Certified Automated Truck Scale.

    For reverse lights, put it in reverse. Kill the engine. Turn key to on position. Get out and look.

    Rest has been covered.
     
  5. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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    Truck lights as mentioned. Also bungie trailer break down for break lights, or easy in the dark.
    Some trucks have a check lights button.
     
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  6. Blu_Ogre

    Blu_Ogre Road Train Member

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    AS far as checking lights. Turn on the four ways and running lights. Blinking four-way lights are the same as directional indicator lights.

    Brake lights: look to put the trailer near something reflective like windows and check in your mirrors. Alternate is when docking check your mirrors that you see them activate equally on both sides.

    Or if in a newer tractor turn on the light check switch and walk around. That cycles through all the lights.
     
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  7. UnkownHorse

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    When a tractor is hauling/ towing 1 or 2 others by “piggybacking” them.(pardon me if there’s a better term for it) How does that affect things? Like weight distribution, steering, handling, etc? How does it work on the scales? An finally. Are DOT more inclined to pull this setup over?

    I’m not planning on doing it. I’ve just always been curious by it.
     
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  8. Cat sdp

    Cat sdp . .

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    If the feds rescind the diesel fuel federal tax will you owe that money at the end of the quarter or year?

    Don’t know how that’ll work but I wouldn’t trust them
     
  9. a.paul

    a.paul Light Load Member

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    Can set the trolley too. If your truck actually has one still.
     
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  10. lual

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    @Labrador -- sooooo....how are things going at Western Express? I'm reasonably sure others would like to know, as well....:)

    --Lual
     
  11. Labrador

    Labrador Light Load Member

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    Set the trolley?
     
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