I was under the impression that there were speed limits for trucks on
the Autobahn. Also heard they had to contain a chart recorder (this was
30 years ago while on tour there) and police could stop them and fine
them for speeding even though they exceeded it hours ago.
My baby brother has been a trucker for decades - finally retired and
moved on to other work. When Ontario mandated the speed limiters he
said they are going to kill truckers. Shortly after, his speed
limitted truck almost killed him. Comming down a grade just west of
Calgary? with a full load of vinyl siding headed for Alaska after some
very heavy rain, but on dry pavement, he dropped one trailer wheel off
the pavement onto the soft gravel shoulder -. In a normal situation
when that happens the driver steps on the loud pedal and pulls it out
- might railse rate a wee bit - might not. He was doing 105 or 110 kph
- heavy load on slight downgrade had it on or over the limit - when he
stepped on it nothing (good) happened. A few seconds later he was
sliding down a gully on his roof. He came to with his head a few
inches from the mud, the top and fiberglass sleeper of the truck torn
off and the one front fender burried in the mud. He got out and
crawled up to the road, where a cousin from Ontario just happened to
be driving by and saw the accident (small world). He had a broken neck
and a few good bruises. All that was connecting the cab to the chassis
was one A/C hose if I remember correctly When they pulled the wreck
out of the gully one headlight assembly and half of the fiberglass
fender were nowhere to be found - totally burried somewhere in the
He gave the first responders quite a scare - they couldn't believe
anyone got out alive, and they thought there was a child trapped in
the truck when they found some of his dog's toys scattered around the
wreck. Thankfully CB wasn't with him on that trip.
That was my observation when I was driving. Texas, for example, had a 60
mph speed limit for trucks. It was bad enough when you were rolling down
I20 out by Odessa but in more congested areas like DFW cars were always
weaving around the slow movers.
In this state the interstate limit in many places for cars is 80 while
the trucks theoretically are doing 65. You can certainly come up on one
The trucks I was driving were governed at 65 for fuel economy so it
didn't make too much difference until you got back east with the 55 mph
Just think of all the lawsuits waiting to happen when a self driving car has a wreck. Car company, software company, sensor manufacturer, etc....
Personally I'd like to be able to get in, set destination, close my eyes, or read, surf internet, whatever, even if the vehicle did stay on the speed limit.
I almost got run over one day by a pickup almost running a stop sign on a side road. It looked like they were eating Sunday dinner with all the food they were stuffing in their mouths.
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