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By:    On: 2010-08-31


     Hello followers of Roadceo.com, and thank you for visiting today. As a fellow Roadceo I am presently on the bus, and was given thought as to what I would share with everyone in this post. I have spent a lot of time on the road, and have driven a wide-range of vehicles. The one topic that unites us all is “road rage”. I would like to define this as a behavior that is sparked by a “quick” or “hasty” decision made by another driver. Not too many reports come out in the media of guns being pulled on each other, but we are defiantly getting more irritated if not flat out pissed off by other peoples’ behavior. Nowhere is this felt more than with Truck Drivers. What I am about to share with you is from living on the road where you see a lot, there by making you more aware. All those making a living on the road know what I mean. So even though what I am about to share is from a Trucker’s point of view, this concern everyone, because we are all on the same “road”. Also on a personal note, there isn’t much out there for Truckers, so spread the word about our site. Let the Truckers know that we are here with their interest in mind, also with all the other “Road Warriors”.


     Now, let us get to the heart of the matter. Let’s be honest, how many folks get upset when two trucks are taking up both lanes of the road, and one is not passing the other? One lady told me that she thought it is because the Drivers are talking to each other. This is of course not the case. The reason this happens is because we are governed by the computer in are tractors (this is the part of a truck and trailer, that hauls the trailer). Almost every truck has a functional governor that limits our speed, and the average setting is at 65mph. With the tight schedules that we are placed under by the dispatchers, we are moving are loads as fast as we can legally pull them, so that we deliver on time. There are several factors that come into play when we are passing each other like; up or down hill; the total weight of our vehicle which includes the weight of our load, and the weight of the fuel in our tanks; and for you “Motor Heads”, every tractor has different variables resulting from the motor, transmission, differential, tires, and even where the fifth-wheel is positioned (the “hitch” of the tractor) , and where the tandems (the wheels of the trailer) are placed on the trailer. So trust me when I say that we are not “socializing” as we go down the road. We make are living by “burning” miles, the more miles the more money!


     So the next time you are stuck behind big trucks blocking all lanes, please be patient and understand that you have no governor under your hood that stops you at 65mph. Our job is our means of taking care of our families who depend on us getting our loads delivered on time. So I promise you that we are in more of a hurry then the average person, and we are not there to take our time “going down the highway”. In truth, the best thing that everyone can do to help a Trucker pass faster, is after you see our turn signal “flashing”, turn your lights on and off either day or night (NO high beams please because it is hard on our eyes). Doing this one thing is helping us to, ”get out of the way” from the car to the grand RVs. It is communicating to us stating, that you see us also, and we have space to safely maneuver our vehicles. When people showed this courtesy to me, I returned it by moving my truck a little sooner, and thanked them with my lights just the same as being another Trucker because We Are ALL On The Same Road Together.


Thank You! Always Be Safe!

 

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