Types of truckers passing me

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Diantane, Feb 25, 2016.

  1. Diantane

    Diantane Light Load Member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Alderson, WV
    I've been with Schneider for a little over a year now. Never did this kind of work so long before. I'm a company solo driver and we drive at 60 mph. Unlike most companies, our trucks aren't governed at our cruising speed. I can go 65, but we're only allowed to do that up to 5% of the time for passing slow people (less than 60), or going down a hill. Any more than that and we lose some on our quarterly bonus.

    Anyway since I drive at 60 so often a lot of drivers pass me. Hundreds every day. I've noticed a trend in trucker types.
    25% of truckers are going so fast that they zoom right past me and move over 300 feet down the road.
    25% of truckers are governed to 61 or 62, takes like three minutes to pass me (a lot of cars building up behind them). They want to get over in front of me so bad to please the car drivers, they leave only 30 to 45 feet between the rear of their trailer and the front of my tractor. We have the Onguard system and this maneuver makes my brakes come on. These days I slow way down and let these guys pass me quickly.
    25% pass me pretty well, but then as soon as they get about 40 feet ahead, they match my speed and put their turn signal on. It's like they lack the power to change lanes and go faster at the same time. So they will cut over and throw my Onguard system on again.
    25% are the most nicest and professional truckers I have ever seen. They pass you by about 150 feet, put their turn signal on and wait for you to flash your high beams to give them permission to move over. It's amazing how many truckers are going to this maneuver. If I could go faster than 60 I would do it too.

    A message to the drivers that can only drive 0.5 to 1 mph faster than me: It's just not worth it to pass me. You might get to your destination a minute faster, but create a nuisance every time you pass someone.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2016
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  3. Nate_K

    Nate_K Light Load Member

    Dec 5, 2015
    We are governed at 63 and I pass a few Schneider trucks from time to time.

    Personally I like to wait til a downgrade to do it so I can get up to 70.

    The biggest issue is that if I go faster than 70 my computer logs me as speeding even if the speed limit is 75. I think other companies must do the same but at lower speeds because I will sit behind a truck doing 60 and on downhill I will let it coast but the truck ahead of me won't let it get above 60-65. So I gotta ride my brake when I should be able to let gravity do its thing and save me some mpg. In that case I am gonna "slowly" pass you at the first chance I get.

    At least your willing to slow down a little to help the other truck pass. Most will try to keep you from passing it seems.
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  4. Pedigreed Bulldog

    Pedigreed Bulldog Road Train Member

    May 7, 2011
    I'm happy to be in this 25%. I like keeping space in front of me, and so I'm not going to take another driver's space ahead of them. "Do unto others" and all...
    These two groups are the same exact sort of driver...one is just limited as to how many other trucks he/she can do it to. Even running 70 or 75 (where legal), you get that idiot that has PLENTY of pedal to make their pass...then they cut in across your hood and back out of it.
    You don't seem to understand how truly annoying that is at night to be looking in the mirror trying to decide if we've left you sufficient space when all of a sudden BLAMMO we're seeing stars as those bright lights bounce off our mirrors. I'd rather you not do ANYTHING...but if you are, simply dim your headlights (leave the running lights on) and then turn them back on.

    And for those of you who like to signal 2' after my ICC bumper has cleared your hood, that is equally stupid. Why would you WANT anybody coming back into the lane that soon, blocking your view of what is ahead and eliminating any and all hope of your being able to avoid ANYTHING that might happen until they've pulled away?

    It doesn't matter if you're driving 60 or 80 mph, there will ALWAYS be "that guy" who just has to get past you, even though he's only got 1/4 mph left in his pedal. If you don't have the pedal to complete the pass quickly, it shouldn't be attempted.
  5. Cottonmouth85

    Cottonmouth85 Bad Influence

    May 3, 2012
    Floresville, Tx
    Don't flash your brights unless it's daylight, please.

    Either I'm hammer down and long gone by the time you hit em or, if I'm doing the speed limit, I'm looking in my right mirror and you just blinded me for a second.
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  6. truckthatpassesyouby

    truckthatpassesyouby Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    Permission to move over? You don't own the road.
  7. Pete jockey

    Pete jockey Medium Load Member

    Feb 28, 2015
    North of Pittsburgh Pa
    Yes to everything you just stated
  8. truckthatpassesyouby

    truckthatpassesyouby Road Train Member

    Jun 3, 2015
    Yea he makes sense but the problem is mega trucks aren't respected on the road especially if they're slowwwww. That big logo on the back of your trailer is the source of the problem.
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  9. FatDaddy

    FatDaddy Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Katy, TX or Swedesboro, NJ
    When that 62 MPH truck is passing and cars are backing up behind him it's your job to be professional and back off the throttle. Don't worry. You will only lose about 10 seconds.
  10. roadmap65

    roadmap65 Light Load Member

    Feb 26, 2015

    This^^^^^^ And one more time Stop Flashing Your High Beams.....
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  11. shurenough

    shurenough Light Load Member

    Feb 24, 2016
    I seen drivers get out of their truck parked in the fuel island and walk around asking people for a few buck's to help them out . Then get in their truck parked in the fuel island and drive away
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