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Old 10-11-2016, 03:10 PM   #15
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I'm going to chime in and share I believe 90% of the 18 wheeler truckers drive responsibly. However i would suggest local truckers, especially dump truck driver are far more aggressive and careless.

Likewise, RV (more 5ers and A) that pass me running 62/64 and leave me in the dust must be "truckers" running with out their truck!


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I'm going to chime in and share I believe 90% of the 18 wheeler truckers drive responsibly. However i would suggest local truckers, especially dump truck driver are far more aggressive and careless.

Likewise, RV (more 5ers and A) that pass me running 62/64 and leave me in the dust must be "truckers" running with out their truck!


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62 to 64 doesn't sound excessive! I drive 60, sometimes getting up to 65 going down hills, and I think that's probably about average!
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I have heard of one that was delivered by a truck driver! LOL
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My two cents

With increased need for truck drivers over the years, I think that companies are not as selective as they used to be. I'd say that about 80% of today's truck drivers know and appreciate the unique challenges involved in moving 20 - 60 tons down the highway that's infested with auto drivers who are dying to gain one car length on the highway or street. Auto drivers zigzag in and out and around trucks that are just trying to get home alive.

In addition, highway construction and maintenance has fallen behind the crowded nature of today's roads. HOW does a semi that's fully loaded (or a large motor home) enter a freeway safely when the entrance ramp is woefully too short? Rate of acceleration vs. distance allowed to get up to a proper speed is tough. Blending into the first lane when all 3 lanes are packed with cars and trucks is a situation designed for disaster.

I keep a careful eye on every semi and trailer that's passing me. Width of each does not allow much for a distracted driver. I've dodged many a truck that wants to share my lane when he/she is only half way past me.

Every one on the road needs knowledge, training, experience, and courtesy regardless of the vehicle they're driving.
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I agree ! Buy I still have issues with Cars merging into Lanes from an on ramp if I can't move over I just cut them off ! talking on phones and texting - I've seen them all !
I guess they were never taught how to merge properly !
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62 to 64 doesn't sound excessive! I drive 60, sometimes getting up to 65 going down hills, and I think that's probably about average!
I am pretty sure he means when he is traveling at 62 to 64 mph and the others are flying by him. Sometimes we need to read between the lines with posts.
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I am pretty sure he means when he is traveling at 62 to 64 mph and the others are flying by him. Sometimes we need to read between the lines with posts.

Correct! I'm doing 62ish and my fellow RVsrs are doing 70+++ in a 65 MPH zone.


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We have been in the east bay near San Francisco for the last few months. The amount of trucks coming out of the port of Oakland in all directions is overwhelming the freeways. They are the ones with containers on trailers. We spent the year before that in Europe. I thought the trains system moved the freight there, but there are probably slightly more trucks on the road there than here. The truckers in Germany aren't allowed to drive on Sunday's.
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I don't know what increase in percentage of trucks there is over last year but it seemed to me as though I-40 had many more then last year. There was one line in Arizona of about a mile long that had only a couple cars in it but dozens of 18 wheelers. As far as being polite, I found on this just past trip most are with the possible exception of some bulk haulers in Utah that were going a LOT faster(crazy!!) then my 60-65mph, downhill through a couple mountain passes. Then there is that occasional Wild West FedEx triple
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You think there are a lot of trucks in Alabama west of Birmingham, you ought to see all of the trucks south of Georgia heading north.

They've got all the produce coming out of Central America and the world's most incredible farms in South Florida.
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I agree about local dump trucks. Most dump trucks are paid by the load not by the hour so they tend to push it to make more money.
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Tugboat you're partly correct. The rates are cut so low that you have to hammer down to earn any kind of a living. Ask how I would know. Bin there done that.
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Indiana to the west coast or to Florida is a bunch of miles on your brand new baby by somebody just making a delivery
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