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Old 11-17-2019, 08:39 PM   #1
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Do you drive like a Trucker?

Do you drive like a Trucker?

Do you tailgate leave space like your in a car or leave extra room?
Do you work that hill with your transmission?
Do you use engine or Jake brake?
Do you cut people off because you can?
Do you pull onto a road knowing other traffic will slow for you.
Do you pass traffic on the other side of the road?
Do you pull over to let traffic pass?
Do you just hop in the rig and drive off or do a walk around first?
Do you check your air brakes and lights?
Do you do extra trip planning?
Do you consider obstacles like trees?
Do you ever back up or I should say plan to not have to back up?
Do you drive in the left lane?
Is your rig a smoker?
Do you drive knowing your over weight?
Do you have the right type of drivers license or ignore the Class B requirements in your state?
Do you dump the toilet when no one is watching?
Do you courtesy flash a truck or big RV that just passed you.
Is there an etiquette to follow when driving something big?
Do you get road rage at the cars that drive slow or cut you off?
Do you care about any of the above?
Is this a stupid post?
Will you admit to doing something not okay?
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Old 11-17-2019, 09:59 PM   #3
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Unfair characterization of truckers. Like everyone, some are cool, some are not.

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Old 11-17-2019, 10:06 PM   #4
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This was not meant disparage truckers at all. Most of my questions are about bad habits anyone can do. I live on the southern end of Yosemite NP and RVs abound on our mountain roads. Many RVers do not drive there rigs very well IMHO.
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:22 PM   #5
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Gota say, when I'm entering an Interstate, I'll trust a trucker to give me space, before I'll trust a passenger vehicle ever time!!
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Old 11-17-2019, 10:30 PM   #6
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I think the point of asking "do you drive like a trucker" is better asked: Do you drive like a PROFESSIONAL DRIVER and not a yobbo / nogudnik who doesn't understand the physics of the vehicle he is piloting?

To answer that - YES. I do drive like a trucker. And getting on the highway, truckers will make room for an RV coming on (as I will do for them as well) b/c they KNOW how these boxes perform. I do indeed flash to let them know it is clear, even in my car. If I am entering the highway, it is up to me to adjust to the highway conditions to properly merge, NOT to expect the highway to make room for me.

Many car drivers are quite surprised when THEY are the ones attempting to enter, that I do not stomp on my brakes to make room for their 40-mph-stupidity b/c they can't find their gas. That's not my problem, and I hope there isn't any debris in the breakdown lane if they reach the end of the ramp without learning what the floor under their right foot feels like! There are limits to being polite, and those limits are not imperiling myself or my vehicle while trying to fix someone else's stupidity.
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Okay....I'll admit to driving overweight. I've been dieting, but with a recent knee replacement, it's hard to lose weight.

Oh wait.....were you talking about my coach?
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Old 11-18-2019, 12:18 AM   #8
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I do drive like a trucker. I move over, when I can, to let faster traffic by and when someones just off the highway a bit I give them room. A truckers complaint about us is we hog the spots closest to the bathrooms at rest stops so I move on down to give them more prime space since we have our own bathrooms. Courtesy goes a long way to build or maintain relationships between us big rig drivers.
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Yes I try to drive like a trucker, that is trying to be professional
Sometimes I fail, like most do.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:24 AM   #10
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I'll go with the next to last question.....YES

There is no need to disparage anyone one this site!
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Is there an etiquette to follow when driving ANY vehicle on the highways. Some do, and some don't ... trucks, cars, or whatever.
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Truckers are professional drivers, they are trained, regulated and most do there job well, because that's their livelihood. It's no different than most people that have jobs and become good at what they do.
RV and the general public drivers are not professional drivers and drive for pleasure and/or errands and therefor have different degrees of driving skills. I am way more comfortable driving in promimity to trucks than the unpredictable general public drivers.
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Truckers are professional drivers, they are trained, regulated and most do there job well, because that's their livelihood. It's no different than most people that have jobs and become good at what they do.
Maybe in Texas. Here in the Northeast corridor many of them a bullies on the road with their rigs.

Tailgating, speeding, cutting back in inches past your front bumper, riding the center lane even with the right lane empty....

No different then any aggressive driver up here but with a bigger rig.

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I think some of the professional drivers can't read English - I was driving South on 40 east of Knoxville on my way toward Asheville. I was in my Jeep and 40 is 2 lanes each way and very curvy. The left lane was marked (on the payment) "No Big Rigs In This Lane" and sure enough this one 18 wheeler was in the left lane the whole way while all the other pros were in the right lane passing him.
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