Motorists, please. Do you understand that your car weighs, maybe, 2 thousand pounds, and you’re cutting in front of large trucks possibly weighing 80 THOUSAND pounds?
This particular motorist thought they should cut in front of my truck, providing a very paltry and pathetic 2 second following distance and then slowing down 4-5 MPH.
This happens about 10-20 times per driving shift. No kidding. It really does.
If I wasn’t paying attention and adjusting accordingly, they’d be squashed into oatmeal.
YOU ARE SEVERELY LIMITING MY CHOICES WHEN YOU CUT IN FRONT AND WORSE, SLOW DOWN. In this particular video, it is flat terrain and it is easy for me to slow down. It is annoying, yes, but it is easy and I will do that because I don’t want to hit you. I don’t want to kill you and your family.
But stop and think please! If I wasn’t paying attention, if I was an unskilled driver (of which there are MANY – you’d be horrified to know just how many!), if I was tired, distracted, if I were descending a mountain, etc.. — you could easily be RUN OVER. My 80K vs your 2K. Dead, dead, dead. Please don’t make me make you dead! That’s my worst nightmare as a truck driver, but let’s be honest — if it comes down to my life vs yours… I’m not sure if I’m a good enough human to choose your life over my own and the souls in my truck, especially when you’re driving like an idiot. I want to live! I don’t want to sacrifice because you drive selfishly and stupidly. I don’t want to die for that!!!
The odds, however, are most definitely on my side. I’ll smash you to smithereens unless I purposefully choose to take a median, ditch, etc and risk killing my husband and dogs, all of which I love with all my heart… and well, I don’t know you, so…. Will I risk them to save YOUR life? Especially when you are not paying attention and driving like a fool?Do you really want to find out? Truthfully, I don’t know that answer and I won’t until it happens.
I hope for both of our sakes that it never does.