Strange or bizarre tips for drivers

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by jlkklj777, Oct 25, 2007.

  1. AfterShock

    AfterShock Road Train Member

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    And if I'm not mistaken, Ryobi is made in America.
    At least my Ryobi weed-eater was.
     
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  3. Baack

    Baack Road Train Member

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    That must mean you cant buy it at walmart then?????
     
  4. AfterShock

    AfterShock Road Train Member

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    No doubt!

    After watching The High Price Of Low Prices on TV the other night,
    I doubt y'all will be seeing me in a Wal*Mart anytime soon.

    If y'all haven't seen that show, y'all ought to.
     
  5. covenantbiker

    covenantbiker Light Load Member

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    The brand is actually called Weed Eater. The Ryobi one costs about $100.

    I also have another good idea for the backscratcher... When you are at a scale and cant reach that call button, just use your backscratcher to push the button. In theory that should work, but since I don't have a backscratcher (other than hubby) I can't guarantee that it does.

    now, get back to work! LOL
     
  6. AfterShock

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    I hear that some dispatchers issue bungee cords to their drivers
    to wear around their necks. :biggrin_25525::laughing-guffaw:
     
  7. GungHoGal

    GungHoGal <strong>"Miss Oh! Don't get me started"</strong>

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    I never thought about the backscratcher thing, but I do have a long set of tongs stuck in the pouch on my seat cover. I'm kinda short and have a tough time reaching things on my dash or on the floor and they solve my problems! LOL I have even used them to scratch my back!
     
  8. kimmeegoose

    kimmeegoose Light Load Member

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    This whole thread has been very amusing and informative. Keep the posts coming.
     
  9. ziggystyles

    ziggystyles Road Train Member

    My mom recently retired and went on a month long trip from MN to CA and back. She stopped here twice and she bought a massaging seat cover that you can find at Walgreens...etc. It actually felt pretty good in her car, might help on the longer days...getting one in the truck.

    I also had a beaded seat cover from Wal mart. I bought one and cut it up for my motorcycle to cut down on the swass and it helped a bunch. I put the full sized one in the truck and I don't think it would fit like it should because the seat is so high. However, I just layed it sideways over the seat and sat on it....helped on the swass as well as ...just a different texture to sit on.
     
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  10. kimmeegoose

    kimmeegoose Light Load Member

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    We have one of the massaging heating pads for a chair. The heat part might help in the winter for those using the windows down tip to keep wipers from freezing. I would just be scared the massaging part would be too relaxing and make a driver tired. What does everyone else think?
     
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  11. jlkklj777

    jlkklj777 20 Year Truckload Veteran

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    I ran into a new driver recently at a truck stop in South Carolina off of I95 and noticed he had his trailer tandem stretched almost all the way to the back of his trailer. South Carolina has a 41' bridge law so I figured I would mention it to the driver before he took it back out on the road.

    I approached the driver and mentioned that he might get a ticket if he pulled that trailer out on the highway with it stretched out like that.

    He had no idea what I was talking about. I explained to him that some states have "bridge laws" for 53' trailers and it was important to abide by them or he could be ticketed.

    I asked him why he had the trailer tandem slid back so far and his response was; "to get the axle weights legal."

    Apparently he was unaware that some states allow more than 34,000 lbs on a set of axles. Some schools are so fast paced that some training is skipped while other info is simply "missed" during the process due to being overwhelmed with new info.

    I took the time to get my Motor Carriers Atlas out (he did not have 1) and showed him the section for Weight and Size Limits. I pointed out the 41' bridge law and then showed him that South Carolina allowed up to 39,600 lbs on a tandem axle.

    He knew about the 12,000, 34,000, 34,000 rule for an 80,000 lb vehicle but was not aware that in certain cases he could exceed that 34,000 lb limit especially when it comes to bridge laws.

    I helped him slide his trailer tandem to the 41' mark which put him at 37,000 lbs on the trailer, suggested he buy a Motor Carriers Atlas when he got a chance and wished him well.

    This has been running through my mind lately and I figured; if he did not know about this maybe there are some other new drivers that are also "unaware" of bridge laws and what weights are "acceptable" on a tandem axle.

    So my suggestion? New or old, be sure you have a copy of a Motor Carriers Atlas in your truck to double check your weight tolerances and bridge laws.

    :biggrin_25525:
     
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