Why would anyone want to pull flatbed trailers?

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  1. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    IMO. Flatbed teaches you better driving habits. Van drivers drive the truck, we drive the “load”
     
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  3. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

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    Similar to livestock or tank loads also.
     
  4. Linte_Loco

    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    Mad respect for both.

    “You mean my load is alive?” :eek:
     
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    Linte_Loco Road Train Member

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    For the record. I don’t hate or wanna belittle van drivers. They put up with a lot of crap imo.

    I drive by that Amazon place on I-20 W past I-45 in Dallas. I look over and think F that :eek:
     
  6. skallagrime

    skallagrime Heavy Load Member

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    Nanu nanu.

    I dont think i need to justify my experience to you. Ive had plenty of cars (and trucks) swerve or cut me off, or pull out. But i have yet to have to slam my brakes on full in order to prevent an accident.
    You are within your rights to beleive i am
    A. Full of manure
    B. Lucky as a duck
    C. Actually observant enough that I use my mirrors and constantly scan so that when those idiot other drivers do idiot things, I'm prepared and its not a surprise.
    D. A mix of any or all of em

    I assume the worst in everyone, its been working so far, why should ** I ** be the one to change my habits?
     
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  7. expedite_it

    expedite_it Medium Load Member

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    There are vehicles on the shoulder and cars at stop signs, trying to enter the highway one is on, all the time. If you slowed down to 45-50 whenever there is a vehicle on the shoulder or at a stop sign or at a traffic light, it would make one drive 50-100 miles less per shift. My trainer would have gone ape poop if I slowed down whenever there was a car on the shoulder or a car at a red light or a stop sign. So would my fleet managers. I would get fired.
     
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    I wouldn’t work for a place that encourages unsafe driving, but that’s me. And really what’s the difference if you slowed down beforehand in anticipation versus slamming on your brakes when they do pull out. You’re still slowing down so it seems like a wash in my book. But the main point of my post was only to say that you shouldn’t say things can’t be done simply based on your personal driving habits.
     
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    God prefers Diesels Road Train Member

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    He sounds like a douche. What was his reasoning? (please don't say it was because you might get a few less miles in per shift)
     
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    expedite_it Medium Load Member

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    There is no difference if you slowed down beforehand in anticipation versus the scenario in which the car does pull out and I have to slam on my brakes. But here's the thing. There is a difference if I slowed down beforehand versus NOT SLOWING DOWN BEFOREHAND and just hoping that the motorist at the stop sign has enough sense to know not to pull out in front of me when I have the right away and I am going 65 mph, and I am 100 feet away. 99.9% of the time, the motorist on the shoulder or at the stop sign has enough sense to know to wait and let me pass when I am going 65+ mph and less than, say, 200 feet away.

    When I drive on a highway with a 65 mph speed limit, I usually average around 60 mph. If I drove so conservatively that I slowed down whenever there was a car at an adjacent stop sign, traffic light, or shoulder, I would probably average around 50-55 mph. Some trucking companies would not tolerate that.
     
  11. expedite_it

    expedite_it Medium Load Member

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    If I don't say the reasoning was because I might get a few less miles in per shift, then I cannot answer your question.

    I am currently a solo driver, but I was a team driver for most of my career. Many of the teammates I have had would also have thrown a fit if I slowed down whenever there was a car on the shoulder or at an adjacent red light or an adjacent stop sign. These same douchebags would throw a fit if I had to slam on the brakes due to a retarded motorist pulling out in front of me when I had the right away though.
     
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