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Old 08-14-2000, 10:26 PM   #1
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A few weeks ago i drove my '00 RS to Boise, Idaho for school. About 2 hours into my trip, in W. Virginia, I was cruising in the right lane and i notice a big red semi in my rear-view pulling on me in the left. I slowed down a bit to let him by. So as he's next to me passing i start to feel a vacuum inside my car and my hat blows off. I looked left and all i see is a big red door in my face so I quickly pulled my arm back inside when -CRUNCH!!- impact! A few lugnut caps flew over my head and landed in the passenger seat. I turned my hazards on immediately and waved him over. I was pissed!

Damage wasn't pretty by any means (what damage is?). His front wheel took a pretty good-sized bite from my rear quarter panel and his front bumper tore up my door shell (fortunately my reflexes are good and i wasn't left wearing a prosthetic arm for the remainder of my life).

Do truck drivers ever bother to look or are they totally indifferent to their surroundings?
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Old 08-14-2000, 10:47 PM   #2
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He was probably just tired. They drive alot, I know I couldn't do it. Sucks what happened though.
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Old 08-14-2000, 11:53 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear that, man! At least you're okay. Did he stop and exchange insurance stuff? Or did he just keep going and leave you to be screwed?
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Old 08-15-2000, 12:29 AM   #4
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I agree with JC, those guys will drive for 3 days to a week without sleep to get their money. A lot of companies pay by a system in which, the earlier you are, the more money you get. In a lot of states, it's been outlawed(like the Domino's 30 minute guarantee) because of the dangerous driving practices involved, but trucker's travel through many states, so the danger is not just localized to the states that still allow this. Also, he may have just been trying to get his load in on time to avoid penalties, which is much more common.
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Old 08-15-2000, 06:27 AM   #5
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my dad used to be a truck driver not coast to coast though. he is one of the safest drivers i know.

in general i think truck drivers are good drivers but they, like us have accidents but ours most likely make the news.

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Old 08-15-2000, 07:05 AM   #6
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There was a time in this country, truckers were real gentlemen. Those days have long since past. Today they're the most obnoxious SOBs on the road. One just recently caused my wife to get a $200 ticket. NEVER GIVE THEM A BREAK (or BRAKE); just the finger.
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Old 08-15-2000, 07:36 AM   #7
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Ukteka: Eh man, take it easy, burr101 just said his father was a truck driver, and now you say they're the biggest SOB's of all time? Try to show a little sensitivity, despite the unfortunate incident with your wife.

(Just trying to play peacekeeper )
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Old 08-15-2000, 08:19 AM   #8
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In general truckers are some of the best drivers on the road. Unfortunately as was stated before they drive for many hours and accidents do happen. The difference is there is very little margin for error between fender bender and complete destruction when an 18 wheeler is involved. I've seen quite a few accidents involving big trucks and most of the time it's the other drivers impatince that causes the accident and not the trucker's carelessness.
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Old 08-15-2000, 08:36 AM   #9
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I think most truck drivers are very courteous and predictable on the road, certainly better than many car and SUV drivers. Just give them their space, and they'll let you by.

Of course there are a few bad apples, and a bad move in an 18 wheeler is obvious (and dangerous).
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Old 08-15-2000, 09:09 AM   #10
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I used to do Hotshot trucking and came to find that it's the small cars that give truckers a problem. They get into there blind spots and stay there.

I've seen people try to muscle a big truck out of the way before. Hello it just won't happen. Thats why he lost the bumber skin.
Just give them a break. They are the most patient people on the road and the best driver's.

And if you see the Team Extreme Offshore Boat on the roads give them a holler. Thats my Brother behind the wheel.
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Old 08-15-2000, 03:49 PM   #11
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I'm not going to generalize and say all truck driver's are but I've experienced some crazy truckers on the road. I don't think it's very safe when they do 20 over the speed limit. I slowed down in order to stay out of his blind spot so he obviously wasn't aware i was there in the first place. It's critical that truck drivers are extra cautious because they're operating a machine 20 times bigger than most consumer cars on the road.
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Old 08-15-2000, 03:52 PM   #12
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Uktena,
Did you by chance happen to see a white RS coupe a few weeks ago in Nederland. I was staying with my brother for a while there in town. You couldn't miss the body damage on it. Yours isn't a white 4 door is it? I spotted one at the sundance cafe(i think i got it right).
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Old 08-15-2000, 04:23 PM   #13
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Well, here in PR, there are no over-night truck drivers or whatever since you get from one side of this place to the other in 3 hours max, BUT truck drivers drive like NUTS here..and dont give a sh|t about anything in their path..they drive fast in small two lane roads, they drive roads theyre not supposed to etc. When my Si was new, this arsehole in a huge semi was CHARGING towards me in the oncoming lane of a two lane road (one each way) i take in the morning, and the BASTAGE took his lane and half of mine!!!!! and he wasnt stopping..i had to swing my car to the curb, scratching my wheels in the process!! I was already late for work..and i couldnt turn around and go after him..

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Old 08-15-2000, 05:54 PM   #14
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Definitely. Some tend to have a vehicle superiority complex on the road. Not cool.
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