Remember To Set Your Brakes

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by mjd4277, Aug 8, 2020.

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  2. Tb0n3

    Tb0n3 Road Train Member

    Oct 5, 2012
    I'm always pulling on those things, even after getting back to the truck. We had a 20 year company driver that jumped in the sleeper to work on paperwork and ended up rolling across the lot into another truck. It takes all kinds and a moment of inattention. I also have a habit of setting the trailer before the tractor and forgetting the tractor brakes simply because some of the trailers dump slow and I've had half heart attacks when the trailer pushes the tractor forward through the spring brakes.
  3. supersnackbar

    supersnackbar Road Train Member

    Aug 19, 2007
    Your Town, USA
    Glad they put those bright yellow poles there to protect the building...helped slow it down...for half a second...then became a projectile
  4. lovesthedrive

    lovesthedrive Is here to help

    Nov 11, 2008
    Sorrento Maine
    Something says it was a new driver. It should be normal in every drivers mind. Before you leave the seat to pull the brake knobs.
    Unless that is this driver never took up his slack adjusters.
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  5. FearTheCorn

    FearTheCorn Light Load Member

    Jan 6, 2019
    Shoot, reaching for the brake knobs when I stop is so automatic to me I do it in my POV.
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  6. Old_n_gray

    Old_n_gray Light Load Member

    Apr 9, 2016
    western pa
    Watched a driver for Trans Am get out of his truck at the Richmond In petro. Truck rolls out of fuel island and goes down the hill blocking both lanes of the blue beacon.
  7. Rideandrepair

    Rideandrepair Road Train Member

    Aug 8, 2015
    Can’t double check enough. I’ve done it twice, once when I first started Driving. Had to chase the Truck down at a Guard shack. The other time, just a few years back. Wife was asleep in the bunk, Trucks rolling forwards a 25 ft drop, I didn’t know I could still run that fast. Had I tripped, or stumbled, it would have been a disaster. Thank God, no one was hurt either time. Both times, I was in a hurry, and distracted by others, who were in a hurry. I try not to let well meaning folks distract me with their “ help”.
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  8. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    The great state of TN
  9. buddyd157

    buddyd157 Road Train Member

    May 25, 2017
    New England area
    the moron giving the blow-by-blow description must be one of 'em super truckers.

    i found his voice grating on my nerves, and offensive, more than the idiot that did not set his brakes.

    all for you tube points...........arse-wipe commentary.
  10. truckguy391

    truckguy391 Light Load Member

    Jan 22, 2017
    The south
    For me it’s a routine. When I stop the first thing I do is pull the brakes, then take off my seatbelt. Then I’ll pull on the knob again just to make sure. Is it overkill? Probably, but it works for me
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