Originally Posted by UniqueDoug
So how does lowering those trucks affect their ability to haul?
He does have a viable point. Instead of braking and slowing down 2 mph they literally cut you and all the cars behind you off. There is a span of two lane from Atlanta to SC (I85) where this would happen to me every trip at least 5 times in 60 miles.
Maybe you can explain the rationale from a truck driver's perspective better but to me it says "I would rather have 5+ cars brake than me cause I'm working and own the road".
Those trucks are only lowered for the show. They just let the air out of the air bag suspension when parked.
Your other question.
To bad it's not a perfect world out on the road and everyone was polite and respectful.
Your mainly talking about trucks that are speed limited by the company. Depends on the company policy as to what speed they are set at. I have heard some as slow as 62. Others 65 or 67. All different.
At some point the driver has to make a move to pass a slower truck. Even if it is only 1 or 2 MPH slower. It makes a difference if your talking 1 or 2 MPH over the course of a whole day driving 5 to 600 miles per day.
If a truck that is limited at 65 comes upon a slower truck and has to slow down, it is hard for them to pick a time to pull into the other lane when most cars are doing 70 plus MPH. Majority of the time people ignore a truck signaling to pull out to pass and try to cut them off. So there comes a time that a driver has to try and get over when there is an opening. I'm sure car drivers feel they are cut off at times. But most people have no idea how to drive anymore. They don't look ahead and pay attention and see what is about to happen.
There is very few trucks on the road that can pull over into the left lane and accelerate to match the speed of the cars so that they don't have to slow down. Trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds (oversize and weight permits increase that weight) and I know when I'm close to 80,000 my truck doesn't accelerate worth a crap (and I'm not speed limited). Most people have no idea what that weight even means and how it effects a truck.
As far as I'm aware, there is no law that says truck drivers are supposed to yield to all cars. Everyone shares the road equally.
The other point about staying in the left lane to pass a slower vehicle further ahead. Yep, I'm guilty. That's because every freaking body rides in the left lane now. It's a train in that lane now if it's busy. If I move over to the right lane after passing a slower vehicle and then need to move left again after a short time, then I'm screwed. I could sit there for awhile signaling to get over and nobody will let the truck over.
So I have to decide what to do. How fast am I closing on the slower vehicle up ahead? How many cars behind me? It's a royal PITA.
I have moved back into the right lane after passing a vehicle and the freaking cars behind me don't even speed up. They sit right next to me. OBLIVIOUS!
Then I have to slow down and wait for them to eventually pass.
So it works both ways. For me, the biggest problem is people in cars not paying attention TO ANYTHING.
Also the fact that the left lane has now become the new right lane. Everybody, and I mean everybody rides in the left lane now. Doesn't matter that the left lane is supposed to be the passing lane. People merge onto the interstate and immediately shoot over to the left lane and then don't even do the speed limit.
Some states have 55mph speed limits for trucks and 65/70 for cars. Talk about screwed up. The Gov talks about limiting all trucks to 60mph. If they do that you will have a whole lot a problems with trucks in the way then.
Crap.....this was not to be a ranting thread.