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Friday, June 7, 2013
Driving an 18-wheeler is a hard way to make a living: not home often, shower in a truck stop, eat anything on the road to fill up, no family life — and how about sleep? We know truckers would like to be doing more enjoyable things than hauling on off-hours, in bad weather, on holidays, but that is the profession they chose.
So why roll up behind a car to try to push it to get out of the way or go faster? If it’s going the speed limit, so should the truck. If it’s having a problem and can’t go fast, back off. Running up on a car and using flashing headlights, air horns or the engine brake does nothing to help.
At whatever speed, the car can stop a lot quicker than the truck can. The weight it’s pulling is actually pushing, so the driver is not going to stop like he wants to.
Next time a trucker pushes a vehicle in front of him, he should think how long it would take to stop his load. How would he feel if another trucker did that to his family, and it didn’t turn out well.
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