What really is a bad driving record?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by OldeSkool, May 17, 2024.

  1. ‘Olhand

    ‘Olhand Cantankerous Crusty

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    Nah only the ones they know about….ask me how I know :rolleyes:
     
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  3. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Physics doesn't care if the driver of a vehicle is commercial or private owner. The seat belt works if you wear it and it doesn't work if you don't wear it.
     
  4. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

    Some companies may disallow bluetooth phone calls. I don't know. The only thing that matters is the regulation/law and company policy where a driver works. There is no safety violating company policy EVEN IF every othe company would accept the behavior.
     
  5. Spardo

    Spardo Light Load Member

    The difference is between an experienced professional driver who practices as a matter of habit defensive driving and one who doesn't. If you aware of your surroundings ahead and to the side you can avoid many of the circumstances in which a seatbelt might save your life. I have had many such experiences and have avoided injury throughout my 42 years on the road including emerging unscathed from a head on crash that wrote off both vehicles and avoiding someone emerging from the side because I was expecting it.

    Leaving aside being T-boned which may save you injury but equally might trap you in a rolled over vehicle, the only use for seatbelts is if your vehicle comes to a sudden stop and you are thrown forward unexpectedly. But if you are aware enough that can be avoided. Defensive driving allows to to anticipate and avoid. I do wear a seat belt on the rare occasions that I am a passenger because I am not concentrating in the same way as I would as a driver, but, having both hands free I am able to reduce the pressure and hold the belt a little away from my body.

    I don't advocate that everyone should follow this course, I don't even believe that people should not wear seatbelts, but I do believe most strongly that in the case where we are talking about my personal safety alone and no-one elses, I should have the right to take whatever risks exist, in the same way that devotees of dangerous sports are allowed to follow them.
     
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