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Old 11-16-2014, 10:48 AM   #57
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Number one, a large percentage of truck drivers on the road have less than one year experience in a truck.

Take this as you will.

Where it is safe to do so, you are better off moving to the right to lessen the affect of the bow wave on your trailer. A foot or two of additional separation makes a big difference.


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Old 11-16-2014, 10:56 AM   #58
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Agree, I am generally positioned so the curbside of my trailer is within six inches of the right shoulder. If one drives enough, one will experience at some time a moment of inattention and if this means drifting a foot or two to the left, drivers side, some extra space is nice. The shoulder is much more friendly than a clipped mirror.
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Old 11-16-2014, 06:11 PM   #59
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Six yrs full timing in 43' motor home and a few close calls and no accidents plus one long AS tow from Portland OR to Tallahassie Fl I have learned a few things:
Stay on the right except when coming to Hwy access and move to left using turn signal all times then when clear back to right.

Try to stay at speed limit but cut down by 5 mph below as traffic gets heavy.

Follow behind by the length of your tow plus AS.

When being passed by trucks flash your light to let them know they can cut in. It lets them know that you know the rules and it is nice when they double flash back. It also allows following trucks to know the rules.

Hold your ground in the center of your lane and watch the other vehicle's front wheel. If it starts turning b4 you flash slow down and make room.

Keep your GPS up to date.

I always plan to be off road B4 dark and seldom drive more than two hours without stopping letting the dogs out.

Make reservations B4 noon so you know you have a spot. I use Free Parking web site to plan stays on multiple days on road. Check in with management at Walmart where you can park.
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:32 PM   #60
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Yes, for sure, flashing the lights to let a truck know when they can return to the right lane is always good. At least 75% of the time they will flash back. One of the nice things about my moho was the steering wheel had the light flashers on it, one for the rear lights and one to either turn on the headlights or briefly cut them off.

However, if flashing at night it is best to briefly turn your headlights off, not to blind the trucker by flashing hi beams.

And, big things do not stop....that is a TV with AS.....does not stop....takes for ever and if the road is slippery longer still. So, it is like flying an airplane or riding a motorcycle....look 12 seconds ahead, know everything 4 seconds ahead and do not drive into the 2 second area. Moho's and TV with AS are difficult to drive safely unless one wants to put forth the proper attention.

Towing speed.... 60 - 65 mph depending on road and traffic conditions. Always in right lane unless a multilane road, then the lane which is best suited for my speed level.
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Old 11-16-2014, 10:26 PM   #61
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The worst part about the truckers is they are on the cell phone like a lot of others, yet correcting a misguided truck is a bit more difficult than a car. I find being a defensive driver, watching for potential disasters, observing closely, all help me to be more alert and possibly avoid an accident.
You are misguided on your statement of truckers on cell phones as it is illegal in U.S. to use cell phones only can use hands free, they will lose lic. if caught using cell phones while driving I see more young females using cell phones while driving, again hands free is allowed. every time I have had problems some one was on cell phone so put blame where it belongs not on truckers.
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I have no beef with truckers. One of my brothers is one. However, IMHO even the hands-free headsets are a distraction and should be outlawed..... not just for truckers.
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Old 11-17-2014, 12:07 AM   #63
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For sure the young folks are on their cell phones, but my observations about truckers comes from sitting about six inches higher driving my moho. This is not all, not even the majority, but my observations are that many are on cell phones. And when one moves out of a lane, this is nearly always the case.


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Old 11-17-2014, 06:14 AM   #64
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They used to preach defensive driving. I still practice it. I keep tab on everyone who is around me. You never know who is going to cut you off, tailgate or perform some other unsafe move. I was passed one time while driving north on I65 by a man in a car reading the newspaper. I've had people coming at me on my side of the interstate (on the wrong side of the road!). Truckers do not particularly like those in huge RVs as they are viewed as amateurs driving a large vehicle with little or no training. But, they don't view you as a target. Drive safely, stay in the right lane whenever possible and pay attention to what is going on around you. Get a CB and listen on channel 19. If you have young tender ears in the car you might want to keep the volume down a bit. If you have a problem with a trucker, get the cab #, find out the phone number for the company and call the safety man right then. They are usually interested in hearing about unsafe drivers, but are not too keen on hearing a week old report via email. My 2 cents worth.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:57 AM   #65
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I would say I drive aggressively when the Interstate traffic warrants it. I'm the retired guy and most of these other poor bastards have that job...to get to, get home from, whatever. If they're all doing 75 in a 55, like around Chicago, I'll go along with them. Keep things moving, less having to pass. limit those dangerous lane changes. So my MPG's take a hit but I get there sooner. And with my new Michelin's LT 16" wheels, I'm allowed to do 85 tops.

This respect extends especially to truckers, those "Gentlemen of the Road". OK, maybe not so much like the old days, but if you don't show some respect for an 80,000#, speeding, fatigued operator, worn tired, poorly maintained mass of careening WalMart Brand adult diapers than maybe you should'ov stayed home.

If he need to get around me, I do all I can to help him. If he's pulling back into my lane, I'll flash my high beams to let him know he has the room. If he's a good guy, he'll flash his tail lights several times in thanks. And I'll do the same when the situation is reversed. If the trucks are doing the speed limit, must be a cop somewhere, so I will too.

Pay attention. A trucker got into a left turn only he didn't want to be in, so I made a hole for him. What I'm saying is, contribute! Everyone is expecting us to be 'geezers', tottering down the road and being in the way.

I am technically a geezer, but I'm not, if you know what i mean.
I agree. Having been on both sides I've seen and done it all! At 54 I still "have the need for speed!" Go with the flow, you and everyone else will be safer. And as my Pappy always said, stay on the right side of your lane, that guard rail ain't going to jump out in front of you, but the idiot beside you might! Open Road, actually your Michelins are speed rated for 106 MPH so hammer down!
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Old 11-17-2014, 11:36 AM   #66
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Many phrases have undergone an evolution in meaning over the past decade or so: in particular "being on their cell phone." Although Bluetooth technology introduced 'hands-free' calling, the user is still "on the phone." The phrase is no longer limited to the act of holding the cell phone to one's ear manually. Of course, for those who like literal interpretations, I'm sure there are a few truck drivers whose cell phone was forgotten in a back pocket and as a result are "on their phones" despite there being no call involved ;-)
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Lol,,,, I see EVERY kind of driver driving along with a cell phone stuck to their ear.

Men, women, young drivers, young professionals, old people, truckers, and even COPS.

It is a real problem, and there is no easy answer.


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Many phrases have undergone an evolution in meaning over the past decade or so: in particular "being on their cell phone." Although Bluetooth technology introduced 'hands-free' calling, the user is still "on the phone." The phrase is no longer limited to the act of holding the cell phone to one's ear manually. Of course, for those who like literal interpretations, I'm sure there are a few truck drivers whose cell phone was forgotten in a back pocket and as a result are "on their phones" despite there being no call involved ;-)
This is a question for everyone. If there were a fine of 2500.00 and points against your record and possible loss of driving privaliges would you still talk on your phone without a hands free device? That is what truckers and any commercial driver are subject too. Everyone keeps going on about the truckers on the phone. This past weekend I left E.TN. at 10 am on sat with a 1952 spartan camper delivered it to Indianapolis IN. and was back home by 10 pm on sunday. Over 1200 miles and I paid close attention to the truckers to see all these guys talking on their cell phones. Guess what I saw? NOT 1 trucker I saw had a cell phone to his ear. Almost every trucker I passed did have a headset on. I think the original poster and many others on here need to look at their TV combinations if they are uncomfortable towing. I use a 2002 F350 diesel dually and can have tractor trailers pass me and get very little or no sway from them going by. The spartan was 38 ft and didn't know it was behind me with no trailer brakes and no WD bars on the trailer. The camper owner didn't want scratches on the frame so don't everyone get on their high horse about towing without WD and sway bars. I tow over 40,000 miles a year and have never used sway bar.
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Or speed or run a red light or stop sign or follow too close or fail to yield or not signal your intentions?
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The psychology of a trucker and driving techniques

If people would simply drive politely, and half arse pay attention, there wouldn't be near the problems.

How about a citation for "rude driving"?




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