Reason #23,457 why I want to go back to live in the 1980's

Discussion in 'Questions To Truckers From The General Public' started by lemonzero, Sep 5, 2023.

  1. lemonzero

    lemonzero Bobtail Member

    Sep 5, 2023
    I signed up for this forum just to ask this question. I'm not a trucker. But, I've been driving a lot for decades. I respect truckers, don't mess with them, and help them out whenever I can. Do you have someone trying to merge in to the right of you -- I'll back off and let you get over to the left. Are you stopped on the side of the highway -- I'll move over the to left and give you plenty of space. I won't tailgate you. And so on.

    So I intend my question with respect. Not trying to flame anyone or any group. My question is sincere. I'm not even upset.

    So here it is: Lately, on open highways, I've noticed that some truckers, totally unlike days past, will camp out in the left lane. Sometimes they are driving as slow as 10 to 15mph below the speed limit. There's slow traffic on the right. But they won't pass. Nothing in front of them, they won't pass.

    They will sit in the left lane forever. I mean; never moving right or showing any intention of moving right. I flash my lights and am ignored.

    And this is different. I've never seen it like this. This is happening a lot lately. Almost every time I get on a highway for a long drive. Within one or two hours, there it is. You can bet on it. In all my decades of driving I've never seen anything like it.

    In past times, I've always looked to the truckers being the ones to get upset about people not following the rules of the road. But today ... ?

    What is happening? What has changed?

    Again, not trying to insult truckers. Totally the opposite. I have a huge amount of respect for a very tough and dangerous job. Just trying to figure out what has changed. Thanks in advance.
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  3. JonJon78

    JonJon78 Road Train Member

    Jul 1, 2018
    Well a couple things,

    Lots of trucks are governed to a certain speed, seems 68ish is probably the most common...

    Lots of truckers in today's world are self entitled...

    Lots of "truckers" these days are nothing more than steering wheel holders, clueless as they come...

    The vast majority of companies these days will hire anyone with a beating pulse.

    Believe me, you aren't the only one that gets annoyed by this.
    Last edited: Sep 6, 2023
  4. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

    Jan 18, 2011
    Make it the 70s and I’m all in!
  5. Jubal Early Times

    Jubal Early Times Road Train Member

    Oct 17, 2022
    Because that’s what this industry has become. A bunch of me first inconsiderate dicks
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  6. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
    they teach drivers to avoid merging and stay out of the right lane.

    doesn't matter about common curtesy.
  7. SmallPackage

    SmallPackage Road Train Member

    Dec 20, 2019
    Marion Texas
    They do this at the car driving schools now too. Teaching high schoolers to push there way on the freeways and go directly too the farthest left lane and stay there. New school thinking is it is the safest lane now because no one can merge properly because they themselves don’t teach how to do it anymore.
  8. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    How about we go clear back to the 60s...but this time we get it right?
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  9. Last Call

    Last Call Road Train Member

    Mar 15, 2021
    I loved the 80's .. big hair .. Great bands ...90 cent fuel.. paper logs .
    It was Utopia
  10. Sons Hero

    Sons Hero Medium Load Member

    Jan 8, 2021
    Another reason they might not see you flash your lights is because they NEVER check their mirrors! I can’t believe how many steering wheel holders never turn their heads when driving… driver facing cameras the reason maybe? I’m definitely in the club with the annoyed!!!
  11. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    May 28, 2009
    Rancho Mirage, Ca.
    We have the same problem with 4 wheelers. When you pass them and look over to see what they look like, kinda' like they're in a trance. Totally oblivious to the outside world. Not sure on truck drivers what the deal is. I'm driving Indio-Phoenix this weekend which is boo-coo trucks AND 4 wheelers, hardly ever see a Cop, I mean, a variety of driving habits on the I-10. Nascar wanna-be's, slo pokes, you name it.
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