Yes isn't it phenomenal? I drove a truck that had red lights, siren and air
horn but I was the one ending up stopping...
I don't think they are escapees, they drive amongst us, no wonder the zombie
and paranormal is so popular.
On 02/13/2016 08:27 AM, email@example.com wrote:
I drove OTR for about 7 years in the '90s. In my case it was a Volvo
White. Trust me when I say people can ignore 75,000 pounds of dried
beans bearing down on them. They also have the quaint idea they can play
chicken with a truck and win.
I've sometimes wondered what goes on in the mind of an Audi TTS driver
trying to force his way into traffic when he has to loop up to read the
logo on the 11/R22.5 steer tire. He may be a master of the universe in
his world, but he was a speed bump in mine.
In most circumstances I let people in but when someone figures they're
so important they deserve to cut into the head of the line my stubborn
streak comes out.
yeah I like truckers, for good reasons. I'll nearly always let them in
if I can do it safely, flash my lights at them if they let me in to
thank them, and try to give them a wide birth. On the way to work I
could swear they let me in the rocking chair on purpose so I could get
off on my exit. Least I'd like to think they did that more than once.
You develop a different attitude, particularly as an OTR driver. You're
driving ten to twelve thousand miles a month and you're typically not
running on a tight schedule. By that I mean you don't have to get to the
office by 9:00. Most of my runs were at least 1,000 miles. You learn to
take the long view. A few minutes one way or the other don't mean
anything and you have plenty of time to study traffic patterns.
I wish all OTR drivers thought the same way you do.
Too many ARE on a tight schedule - they have to have their load at the
dock between 3:15 and 4:00 pm tomorrow, and to keep your logbook legal
you cannot lose 20 minutes in the next 14 hours or you have to stop
for the mandated rest period - meaning you will be a few hours late.
I have 2 brothers who made their living as OTR drivers for many years.
One is currently either running the ice road in northern Sakatchewan
or waiting for the road to open, and the other took his own life last
On 02/13/2016 10:17 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The computers weren't around when I was driving so logbooks were a work
of art. In the US, you could only be on for 10 hours.
The guys are felt sorry for were the east coast drivers. Most of their
stuff was short hauls from city to city. Screw around all day getting
loaded, drive all night to get there for a morning delivery, screw
around all day getting loaded... I don't know when they ever slept.
Very. The logbooks we used were tablet size books with a carbon. The
original was turned in with the trip envelope and the carbons were your
record. The books were not bound, just conveniently held together with
two common staples. It was simple to unbend the staples, take out some
pages, and do a retroactive version of what you'd been up to. You'd
always grab a handful of logs before setting out so you had a supply of
spare pages. Or even staples. Sometimes the damn things would break if
you unbent and bent them too many times.
In the short term you could just use another book that could be a
complete work of fiction.
On Sun, 14 Feb 2016 00:17:31 -0500, email@example.com wrote:
I would appreciate it if you would leave a blank line between your
words and the previous poster's.
This was a long time ago, 1971, but I was standing on the interstate
where the road from St. Louis split, with one fork going to Chicago
and the other to Indianapolis. I was headed for Chicago. A semi
stopped for me. He told me that he had missed me the first time he
passed me, going too fast and he'd gone to the next exit, turned
around gone to the previous exit, turned around again, and picked me
up. I thanked him graciously, but it still amazes me.
It was a beautiful day, no later than 11AM. He could have easily let
someone else pick me up. It was Feburary though, about 3 days
after Mardi Gras. Still, I don't get it. It must have taken him 20
minutes to turn around twice.
He dropped me off on the Springfield Il. bypass, and it was hard to
get a ride there. A cop must have driven by because a voice came out
of nowhere, Get off the road. But there was nowhere to go which
woudln't have required hitching. I got a ride before he came back.
I had hoped to get rides with truckers because I thought they'd be
interesting, but I think I only got two, from New Orleans to Chicago.
The rest were all cars.
A decent newsreader like mine shows each poster in a different colour, aswell as indenting it, so it's clear which is hers.
A similar thing happened to me. A trucker was heading the wrong way for where I was going, but was dropping something off and returning in 20 minutes. He deliberately went past me on the way back to see if I was still there, and picked me up.
I wonder if there's any truth in the rules that most truckers are forbidden by their companies from picking up hitchhikers? I have had a few hand signals from them driving past which looked like "sorry I can't".
In the UK, most car drivers don't pick up hitchhikers, which I think is ridiculous. I always pick them up.
Truckers also tend to be going further, so you make more distance before having to find another ride.
More people in the UK are injured by standing on upturned mains plugs than by electric shocks.
Very much so in this country. We have 30 million lawyers in search of
work and they would have a field day if an unauthorized passenger was
injured. For most larger companies you're fired if you're caught.
So the so called safety feature of logging times actually causes loss of life. For goodness sake.
"If hooking up one rag-head terrorist's testicles to a car battery gets the truth out of the lying little camel
shagger to save just one Scottish soldiers life, then I have only three things to say: Red is positive, Black is
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