Situational Awareness

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Long FLD, Feb 8, 2023.

  1. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    I wasn’t sure what to title this thread. I’m not posting this to make fun of the guy for his mistake, more so to caution new-ish drivers to calm themselves down so that they’re thinking more clearly when things go wrong. This person missed their turn for 180 going up toward Holbrook AZ. I’m sure his GPS was barking at him and he was a little unnerved after realizing he missed his turn. There was cell service where this happened so they had access to Google maps if they didn’t have an atlas with them. There is a wide spot where they could’ve gotten off the road until they thought of a solution. But instead they decided to try and turn around.


    But this is where it happened at. Over halfway to Concho and 180A to take them right back up to 180. In their state of frazzled nerves they didn’t even see that option.


    So I guess this can be a cautionary tale for all of us that when things go wrong it’s usually best to step back and take a few seconds to think things through before making any choices.
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  3. Siinman

    Siinman Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2017
    Kansas City, MO.
    Learned a while back to just go with it if I miss a turn. No reason to get all bent out of shape and make a big mistake. Had something happen a few days ago going to deliver a load. It was in a pretty congested area and guy tells me I have to move since I was blocking a parking area. Tells me I can go down the road and turn around, only to find out it was a dead end. I get out of truck and walk back to an area that I can back into and turn around. Was very very tight so had to get out and make sure I did not tear anything up but was pretty frustrating. I did not get in a hurry and had a few cars lined up waiting for me by the time I backed out 2 blocks to get turned around. Never lost my cool and just went with the flow. Lessoned learned never trust a local that wants you to move. Ha Ha
  4. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    I only had a couple thousand pounds on so I was able to drive around behind his trailer.

    The good part is there’s hardly any truck traffic there and the cars could take turns getting around him. I felt bad for the guy because you could tell he was nervous as all get out. But this is also a sign of the lack of training and teaching before they turn people loose on the road.

    I did some dumb stuff back when I first started driving but that was a long time ago and I was lucky that none of those lessons came with a ticket as a reminder.
  5. motocross25

    motocross25 Road Train Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Overland Park, KS
    This is a good cautionary post @Long FLD I agree with you. When I first started I was like that. I’d miss a turn and I’d start freaking out and get myself caught in between a #### and a sweat. Having visions of wooden bridges, low clearances and dead ends. To kind if echo what @Siinman was saying, a lot of keeping calm and having your wits about you helps a ton. I’ve gotten myself into some PREDICAMENTS doin LTL in St. Louis, now if I blow by a turn, #### it. All roads lead to somewhere and nothing will be worse than the day I had to deliver to Busch stadium in a 53’ the day of the World Series parade. :mad:
  6. Dave_in_AZ

    Dave_in_AZ Road Train Member

    May 4, 2015
    Tell folks all the time, truck driving is all about decision making. If you're the type that doesn't constantly make good decisions, your career will not be very long.
  7. ducnut

    ducnut Road Train Member

    Dec 31, 2010
    No matter how many years behind the wheel, stuff still happens. My recent one was this past Christmas > New Year week.

    Went to an unknown shipper in the dark, following my GPS. The road I could see ahead was getting more curvy and pure blackness, so I wasn’t having a good feeling and stopped, while hitting my 4-ways. Looking at the screen and comparing it to the terrain I was looking at, things just didn’t add up. I quickly realized that last, steep driveway I passed went up and in behind the buildings I could see above me. I backed up ~1/4mi, to avoid putting myself into a worse unknown. An oncoming local confirmed the road ahead was no place for a semi-truck.

    I’ve learned, as soon as it doesn’t feel right, stop and investigate.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2023
  8. okiedokie

    okiedokie Road Train Member

    Jun 13, 2011
    Don't make 1 mistake into another bigger mistake.
  9. tramm01

    tramm01 Road Train Member

    Sep 13, 2013
    Malarkey in Portland— if you miss the turn across the tracks, you can very easily be in a place with extremely low power lines and they throw rotten eggs and tomatoes at you and say mean hurtful things to you when you’re backing out of it— not that I would know anything about it
  10. Ffx95

    Ffx95 Road Train Member

    May 18, 2017
    I’m glad I’m from the northeast. Cause that stuff doesn’t bother me anymore. I give them the finger and move on. Too many problems in my life to worry about instead of having some nobodies not like me.
  11. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

    Jan 18, 2011
    I’m must respectfully good man
    I have a PHD in bad decisions....I’m an expert at bad decisions....I can make better bad decisions than anyone you’ll ever meet
    But I’m in my 46th ish year of this silliness
    So there’s goes that theory....
    Wanna know my best bad decision??
    Think about it
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