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Discussion in 'Canadian Truckers Forum' started by mrullah, Jan 26, 2022.

  1. mrullah

    mrullah Bobtail Member

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    Hello my fellow truckers,

    I’m a new truck driver & I got some questions about how things work in our world.

    First question that comes in mind, to anyone who has driven through the 401 between Toronto into Quebec, we’ve seen the accidents, tragic. But what does a driver do in that situation? If the truck ends up in the ditch, are you fired from your job? Anything happens to your license? How long does one wait to get help?

    If anybody has any experience they would like to share, I would definitely appreciate it.

    thank you truckers!
     
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  3. tinytim

    tinytim Road Train Member

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    No idea.

    You might be better off focusing on how to avoid being in that situation though.

    Drive defensively. Don't get rushed. Space is time, keep out of the herd.
     
  4. '88K100

    '88K100 Heavy Load Member

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    Keep safe distance always and you’ll never end up in that situation. The idiots/organ donors are identified by how close they follow.
     
  5. aussiejosh

    aussiejosh Road Train Member

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    You know its interesting the Canadian government are determined to make a driver regardless of his previous experience have to pay $8000 for tuition to learn what? They obviously don't teach a new driver anything about defensive driving do they? So always drive to the conditions, the posted speed limits are for ideal conditions, on some highways they do have rather large neon signs that flash messages and speed limits for driving in the ice and snow, so if there's fog with low visibility, reduce speed, if there's fresh snow reduce speed specially if you can't tell where the lanes are, always allow for safe braking distance from the vehicle in front of you, and keep a look out far ahead of you if you see brakes lit up in the distance this is a sure sign something is happening so start braking sooner rather than later this will help avoid running off the road or into other traffic.
     
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  6. skipgears

    skipgears Medium Load Member

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    OP how long you been stuck in that ditch? and has anyone come for help? remember there's 9-1-1
    Good sir, may I inquire as to which driving school have thou graduated from? I'd like to court this obviously esteemed academic institution in further assessment of who's balls need to get kicked in for letting you out of there with a license.
     
  7. epza

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    If you were on slippery road and got a jackknife but your speed was in the safe range by your safety department ,you will not get fired unlees company send you a message to stop due bad weather.If you follow to close and got on accident your are automatically fired, the time of year doesn't matter .For small yard incidents there are usually 2,3 chances, depending also on how valuable and upset customer is :) There are more and more companies have On guard system monitoring following to close ,hard braking , stability control ,sensors to your steering wheel and trailer. Collecting many warnings on the system plus overspending 69 miles per hour ( company insurance policy ) usually downhill :) trucks are governed.
    Those points from my observation can get you fired .
     
  8. bavarian

    bavarian Heavy Load Member

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    Nothing to say on this topic. Nobody will listen anyways.
    As to the waiting time in ditches: it depends on the weather situation. If there is bad weather and you're caller 499 on the wrecker's list, it can take a bit.
    Except part of your vehicle is hindering the traffic, authorities might put a priority on it.
    If the driver did a good job and is entirely off the road it can be a few days.
     
  9. '88K100

    '88K100 Heavy Load Member

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    Walmart in Dryden put up huge NO TRUCKS and added more cement barriers….so last night a new Canadian walks over to Timmies where I’m in my botail, asks for a pull…he’s stuck in the back of Walmart…NOO dude,,,sign says NO TRUCKS
    Walmart got fed up with lot being so full their delivery trucks were impeded,,not to mention all the crap and garbage left behind in what was the truck parking/waiting area
     
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  10. Phantom Trucker

    Phantom Trucker Light Load Member

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    It’s unfortunate but I side with Wal-Mart on the decision to ban trucks in their lot in Dryden.

    It was the source of a lot of trouble and liability. Aside from the trash and jugs left behind, trucks were hitting and running over things. Not too long ago I heard a pedestrian was struck by a semi there.

    Anyone that follows that Skilled Truckers page has seen the kind of crap that was going on and how often.
     
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  11. '88K100

    '88K100 Heavy Load Member

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    For whatever reason I can’t message Skilled trucker page or post…Friday midnight i left Dryden,,first truck in ditch at Dinorwic, second was English River and 3rd at Upsala on its side across from the XTR fuel/restaurant….the usual suspects of course.
     
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