Please Give Trucks Space!!!

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.

Trouble Spot: Entering the Freeway/Interstate — Avoid a Crash, Pay Attention!!!

Ok, peeps, here’s the thing… When you are entering the freeway/interstate, you need to PAY ATTENTION to the traffic you are attempting to merge into! So many of you only look once you are at the end of the ramp and that is much too late.

You are putting all your trust into the vehicles already on the roadway. Do you understand how dangerous, stupid and foolish that is? Worse — you’re doing this in front of 80 THOUSAND POUND trucks! Do you treasure your life? Do you treasure your family? If you do? Put down the phone. Pay attention. Do not put your blind faith in others to move for you.

I am not perfect, but I consider myself a professional driver. That is why I am looking for you, when you are NOT looking for me. I am cutting my speed when I sense you are not paying attention. Most are not paying attention. Sometimes I cannot move over and my blood pressure goes up, because I am watching for when you will finally see my 80K truck. Some of you never see me!? Some of you just cut in front of me?! Do you understand I desperately do not want to kill you and your family? Why don’t YOU not want to kill you and your family? Why are you putting all this responsibility on ME?

This is a pretty simple example, the kind that happens 100 times per day in a truck driver’s life. This car forced the truck to slow down some, and then took off. You might look at it and think, what’s the big deal? Well, what if the truck didn’t slow down??? What if the truck wasn’t paying attention to the car, that definitely was NOT paying attention? There may well have been a nasty crash.

Four Wheeler Flips Me Off LOL

Aweee I think he got his feelings hurt.

He saw the left lane closing warning signs just like everyone else, but he was too important to wait his turn like everyone else. Instead, he decided to take the left shoulder to bypass everyone. At the merge point, he and I met. He was unsuccessful in his attempt to cut me off.

He didn’t like it. 🙂

This jerk likes to pass on the left shoulder when the left lane is closing.  NM 639 TNG
New Mexico plate # 639 TNG

Courtesy is DEAD

I was trying to get over… the blinker was on… no one gave a crap, as usual. That little gray car almost took a ride against the left guardrail. It just would not speed up, slow down or get the f*** out of my way.

I’ll give the truck the benefit of the doubt? that his truck literally quit running and that’s why he chose the stupidest possible place to go to the shoulder. Where I will call him out, though, is that he only has two triangles rather than the required 3, and they aren’t far enough back.

People would you pay attention out there already!

Deathwish

Location: US 58 California, near Boron, CA. I was passing a tractor trailer and was returning to my lane. I did not take an excessive amount of time. This pickup truck passed the other tractor trailer on the right shoulder and zoomed out in front to slam on his brakes. I nearly hit him. He would’ve deserved to get hit.

The high beams you see flash behind him are from the tractor trailer I just passed.

I hope karma gets him someday. He could’ve killed us all.