Types of truckers passing me

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

  1. FatDaddy

    FatDaddy Road Train Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Katy, TX or Swedesboro, NJ
    I'm actually frightened that new drivers will read your posts in this thread and think you are right.
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  3. Dryver

    Dryver Road Train Member

    Nov 30, 2008
    Sioux Falls, SD
    If you need the truck you are passing to flash you before you move over, stop, get out of the truck and go home. If you can't tell when it is safe to pass without a signal from another driver you don't know what you are doing. Never trust what you are doing to someone else, It would be dumb to do so.
    Example. It is night and raining, lets say I drive a POS truck and a Swift rookie overtakes me and i want a new truck, I'll flash him too soon, he moves over and takes the nose off my truck. He looses his job and I get a new truck. Thanks so much. Want to trust me now?
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  4. proxystein

    proxystein Bobtail Member

    Feb 9, 2016
    That is so annoying . It really seems like they don't have a clue about anything at all !
  5. joesmoothdog

    joesmoothdog Heavy Load Member

    Aug 5, 2013
  6. 3031

    3031 Light Load Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    I can see both sides. You'd like to do the guy a favor by slowing down, but then some jerks end up slowing you down after passing. What I do is, I don't slow down until they've demonstrated that they're all about it, until I see that their cruise control is probably on or their speed is consistent. Then I will slow down a couple MPH. I do it in two parts. I drop one MPH until they're almost clear of me, and then for my own protection one more MPH to get them clear of me (since some guys will come back over too early and almost take you out).
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  7. old scummy

    old scummy Light Load Member

    Mar 18, 2013
    I let guys pass all day every day. It costs nothing. The exceptions being going up or downhill or when I have to move over to let another rig merge into traffic.

    Last week I moved over to let an old dominion idiot merge. He topped out before I was able to get around him safely and then he decided to drag race me down the highway instead of backing off for 2 seconds and letting me get back over.

    I'm governed at 63 he may have been governed at 63.5. At any time I could have killed my throttle and dropped back but that would have just made things worse as it didn't take long for traffic to stack up behind us both. I would have totally disrupted both lanes had I done that so I just held steady and waited to get up to a slow moving Crete and use him as a pick and scrape this jackhole off.

    By the time we roll up to Crete my nose is about even with his tanks and I had him boxed in. He saw it coming for miles but wanted to play his game. He backed off the throttle and as I coasted by that turd was giving me the double bird. Really dude? You did this to yourself.

    I am aware of my limitations and I try and be professional and courteous. I would have been been happy to be the guy who had to back off for Crete had he allowed me to get back over. I'm not going anywhere fast and I know it. I'm a turtle and turtles do what they have to do to keep it safe and move along. I wish more guys would wake up to that fact instead of trying to be the guy who gets to the skillet 3 seconds before me but 3 hrs after every o/o on the road.
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  8. jerezxp7

    jerezxp7 Medium Load Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    I'm the driver that doesn't care what other drivers are doing I will drive my truck and you drive your truck if I want to pass you to go 1mph faster so I can get there 2 minutes ahead of you then put on an audio book and mind your own buisness.
  9. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    california norte
    This happened today coming eastbound into Amarillo TX. Speed limit drops from 75 to 60 which is what I was doing and all these truckers race on into the cone zone past 3 signs saying Left Lane Closed Ahead nearly wrecking me out.
  10. MidWest_MacDaddy

    MidWest_MacDaddy Road Train Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    South Carolina
    Ok, so you do slow down for some faster trucks and not for others. Got it.

    And again, it would not take two miles if one would be courteous and back off two mph.

    Truckers constantly complain about the courtesy of communicating one is clear after passing by using their lights... What's the big deal of being courteous in this case.

    But to each their own, I will gladly do so and I think those passing, both CMV and four wheelers will appreciate that too.

    Stay Safe,
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  11. MidWest_MacDaddy

    MidWest_MacDaddy Road Train Member

    Feb 21, 2015
    South Carolina
    What's to keep a few drivers from going 64 mph? And then we have the same thing... Might as well make it a no passing zone and we all follow the slowest driver... Just mindlessly driving behind one another. Ya, so safe... lol
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