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Old 10-02-2013, 08:00 AM   #57
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Geez folks, I never expected my short little rant to go virile. As I said perhaps this was just an observation while traveling in the Northeast US. I traveled from Rochester NY to Cincinnati and had perhaps 3 drivers thank me. I almost burned out my flasher switch during that time. Same thing when traveling less than 100 miles to Syracuse and back. One flash in both directions. Perhaps some of these did not see my flash, but they all could not have missed it. Perhaps it is partly the liability issue, perhaps it is many new drivers that have to concentrate on their driving, or perhaps it is that people are getting less courteous.

Perhaps my observations here will make folks think a little more about courtesy on the road. I generally do not pass others (my cruise is set to 60, I'm in no hurry any more and wish to save a little fuel) but am passed often. I try to stay in the right hand lane to make it easier for others to pass, and always get back into the right hand lane after passing a slower moving vehicle to minimize the amount of folks I cause to have to slow down. If I am in an area where my 60 mph would cause me to hold up people, I do speed up when passing (my rig has 525 horses and plenty of torque to do so). In general I try to be courteous to other drivers and hope others will do the same for me.
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:24 AM   #58
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My father drove truck for a living from when he came home from WWII up until he retired. He said he used to be proud of the fact that he was one of the "Knights of The Road". Things changed. He was ordered to never stop for a vehicle that seemed to be in distress. This because of the nutcases that might be trying to hijack his load. This order came down from the Company insurance department.
After his retirement he said he noted a lot more "throttle jockeys" on the road. Drivers in a big hurry that would "cut your throat" to get a load because of the huge payments they were making on their rigs.
(words in quotation marks were exactly the ones Dad used)
He was so proud of the fact that he never, never got a ticket in all the forty plus years of driving truck.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:09 AM   #59
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One thing I have noticed in society in general, this applies to Truck Drivers, It applies to Doctors, (Most of 'em) it applies to people you meet on the street and in every walk of life.

RESPECT is more and more becoming the title of a song, a word in the Dictionary, and nothing more.

Courtesy.. Likewise.

Fact: 2 weeks ago I walked into a medical clinic in serious medical distress.. I have "Fallen away" from my primary care physician (Will be getting a new one later today) .. The Physician's Assistant who dealt with me is US Army Reserve, SHE treated me with respect (Her military training showed in her speech) and that so impressed me.. My new Primary care doctor will be her boss.

There is more to this decision but let me say this woman made a serious impression... And I may well be alive because of her is only part of it. (She gave good advice, Actually, she told me go to ER.. I did, I'm glad to say)
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Old 10-02-2013, 08:11 PM   #60
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I'm in my 60's, when I was a youngster my dad and I were going into a store for some fishing bait. I opened the store door in front of a lady about to enter the store also. I walked right in front of her and on into the store. Next thing I knew I was cuffed on the back of my head hard enough to stagger me. Right in front of the lady and the folks in the store! I'd been brought up to be polite. My dad made me apoligize to the lady. Remembered that lesson to this day! My sons are equally polite, they've been cuffed! Maybe if dads stepped up and taught their kids manners and respect now a days things would be different. I know, archaic thinking.....
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Old 10-02-2013, 10:04 PM   #61
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Some observations, I to once drove a cross country truck for a living. Most of use in those days felt the pride of being professionals. We were well groomed, clean, spoke some what intelligent were known to stop and aid stranded motorist and enjoyed our job. Why I left that carrer was I was seeing more and more in the decline of those I shared the road, the cabs, the dinner tables with.

On being polite, two years ago I spent a week in Seaol South Korea were I observed young people of all ages stand and offer their seats on the subway. This didNt happen just once or twice, but every time someone a little older borded the subway car. I was amazed!
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Might be over looking the obvious! RV's are told to drive 55 to save on gas and drivers are interested in pushing the speed limit....
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I've only seen my primary about 2-3 times. I get a lot more understanding and respect from his assistant. This holds true for all my specialists.
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The thing about other drivers that bothers me most is the ones that cut back in front of you when there is no one even close to following them. I don't want their rocks, exhaust and grit in my face.
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What concerns me more with truckers lately is the increase in distracted drivers. I would say more than half of the truckers I see on the interstate are all over the road. I guess they have so many entertainment options (texting, laptops, movies, etc) they simply are not focused on driving. Really scary to watch them swerve in and out of the emergency lane
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As for truckers signaling me it's safe to move over....

The trucking business is always in a hurry, TIME really is MONEY. The RV life however is 100% the other way around, it's about taking your time and seeing the things to see...
This is a fact I never thought about but makes total sense.
I know the first long trip we went on after our purchase of a motorhome I was driving in the middle lane doing the speed limit without a care in the world.
Well after about 2 hours of this and dragging a bit up hills a large group of semi's pass me in the right lane.
Well every single one made a point to light me up with their air horns as they blew by. There at that moment did I realize what road etiquette is all about.
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This is a fact I never thought about but makes total sense.
I know the first long trip we went on after our purchase of a motorhome I was driving in the middle lane doing the speed limit without a care in the world.
Well after about 2 hours of this and dragging a bit up hills a large group of semi's pass me in the right lane.
Well every single one made a point to light me up with their air horns as they blew by. There at that moment did I realize what road etiquette is all about.
Curious EricGT, what did you realize what road etiquette is all about? When you were driving in middle lane and semi's pass you on the right, going up an incline? And blowing their horn while passing you? I really would like you to tell me what you learned.

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I have read through all this and as someone who has been on the road for years this is my point of view. Seasoned truckers out there doing the job shake their head at newbee drivers that try too hard flashing lights and horn honking and the look at me syndrome. Nothing more annoying than driving along tired and someone flashing their high beams in your mirrors, not once but several times because they think your stupid and didn't see it the first time. Like said before on a multi lane hwy you don't need to do that.

Then people buy an RV and start playing trucker. On multi lane roads truckers do their own thing and don't worry about the RVs. On two lane roads RV's can really ruin your day.
The road is a truckers work place, Think about it and realize that if people came into your workplace and thought they knew all the ins and outs of your job how you would feel. Flame suit on zipper up.
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I have read through all this and as someone who has been on the road for years this is my point of view. Seasoned truckers out there doing the job shake their head at newbee drivers that try too hard flashing lights and horn honking and the look at me syndrome. Nothing more annoying than driving along tired and someone flashing their high beams in your mirrors, not once but several times because they think your stupid and didn't see it the first time. Like said before on a multi lane hwy you don't need to do that.

Then people buy an RV and start playing trucker. On multi lane roads truckers do their own thing and don't worry about the RVs. On two lane roads RV's can really ruin your day.
The road is a truckers work place, Think about it and realize that if people came into your workplace and thought they knew all the ins and outs of your job how you would feel. Flame suit on zipper up.
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The analogy I used to draw for people who didn't really get it was always, "How would you feel if I walked into your office while you were trying to work and constantly rearranged the top of your desk".

Someone also mentioned that they felt that "more than half" of the truckers he's observed were distracted and all over the road. My only response to that would be to advise that person not to exaggerate. Whenever someone exaggerates they rapidly lose all credibility.
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