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Old 10-26-2021, 09:51 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Granite17 View Post
I feel your pain!
Drove that stretch last week and damn never seen so many trucks!

Just wait until the trucking industry proposal to allow 18-20 yr. olds to get a CDL and drive OTR trucks is passed. Even more trucks, with drivers without a fully-developed frontal-lobe.
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Old 10-26-2021, 10:31 PM   #16
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We recently traveled I29 from Omaha to Sioux Falls and I90 from Sioux Falls to Gillette, WY. As a new coach driver, i kept my speed to around 55. Nearly all of the drivers I encountered were very respectful. They sure do go by fast at 80 when you are doing the “double nickel” though! : )
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Old 10-27-2021, 12:13 PM   #17
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I'm sure it's not you, but it's also not exclusively I-40 either. I experienced quite a few trucks that drift over the line while passing on a lot of highways. I drive with the assumption no-one wants to be caught behind a motorhome, and they will do the stupidest and most dangerous things to avoid it.

We've spent this month - October - in Florida and I told my wife the next time the state has a contest to design the license plate, I'm going to enter. Not so much for the logo, but for they state saying. Not sure if there will be enough room for my proposed saying: "If you're doin' 10 over, you're goin' way too slow!" Doesn't matter if I've been driving the RV, the toad, or my motorcycle, if the road is signed 55, and you are doing 70, people pass you like you are going backwards and zip zag in the lanes. Even the semis blow by me. Even on road with stoplights, it's floor it, and rush to the next red light, rinse and repeat. Reminds me of what it was like living in California.

It was similar in Arizona and what amazed me was how fast people with 5-th wheels and trailers were going. When they'd blow by me at 90, I tell my wife: "And they'll get online and complain about their crap trailer tires when they have a blow-out.

As for the poor conditions of the highways? Not to worry, soon the new infrastructure bill will have them all fixed.

I suspect a lot of speeding truckers is in part, from the shipping back-ups. Can't move the goods fast enough. Lots of pressure to get it there, and reload for the next run.

To finish on a positive note, I have had a lot of semis treat me well, helping to make room for me when lanes merge, or if I'm passing. I try to do the same in return.
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As an aside to this post, over the last five years, we have made three trips to and on the northern most interstates...I 90 and I 94. During one trip in WY on I 90, we drove for an hour and a half before we even saw our first 18 wheeler. What a nice, peaceful and relaxing drive that was.
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Thanks for all the comments. Yeah, it amazes me that people, especially towing trailers (which can be really unstable) go so fast. We were once driving back home on I94, and came across an accident that had *just* happened. A car towing a trailer had passed, then cut too soon in front of the vehicle they were passing, and clipped that vehicle. The result was not good - the car and trailer flipped and rolled, ended up inthe median. The trailer was demolished, and the driver was trapped in the vehicle. My wife (an emergency physician) and i (i have previously been certified as a first responder) stopped to help (others did also). We stabilized necks, treated for shock, kept the driver in place in the vehicle until responders could get him onto a back board, etc. we eventually learned they were both airlifted out with life threatening internal injuries (something we figured at the time). Nowadays i see people towing, driving fast, with their trailers swaying behind them, and just shake my head.

There are lots of good truck drivers out there. I drive on I90, I94, I35 (and others), and there are lots of trucks, but they are driving reasonably and being courteous. I guess it is time to take note of those sections of highway that are seeing higher, and rushed, truck traffic (like that section of I40 and the above mentioned section of I35 through dallas), and plan routes around them on US and state highways....
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