Originally posted by Chadwickus
reply to post by Dr Expired
Oh and let's not forget, a truck driver has a lot more skill than the average car driver, and with this skill comes the attitude of "I'm
bigger and heavier than you" and really, any car driver that doesn't realise (too many IMO) that mass ALWAYS wins are just asking for trouble.
edit on 9/3/12 by Chadwickus because: (no reason given)
I strongly disagree with your quote about truck drivers having more skill than the average car driver.
I have quite a few relatives who have just turned 18 - these kids are driving big trucks - and I mean B - Doubles. They have done no advanced
driving courses at all. These same kids have been picked up so many times by the police for - driving up the wrong way of a bridge (Reason - it was
quicker), Speeding - (I'm in a hurry. I've got to drop my load), Load is overweight - (Can't read). Every excuse you can think of these kids
have tried. They are still driving trucks today.
I personally know of many accidents (some to close relatives) who have been left disabled due to speeding truck drivers, drunk truck drivers and
stupid truck drivers. The long term damage is not reversible.
I know of one truckie who ran over a car - seriously hurt a mother and her two children. One child was left clinically dead - but somehow survived.
His long term medical problems would be too many to list in a post. But they do include a constant headache (Not multiple headaches - he has the same
constant headache 24 hours a day, 7 days a week - which only intensifies as the day goes on. No medication works for him at all. He has tried
I know of another truckie who will never drive again. He was involved in so many accidents - he was left devastated emotionally and physically.
Holding a pretty young girl in your arms, while trying to keep her eye in her socket - for hours, until emergency vehicles arrive - can do that to
Truckies think they own the road. Do I get tailgated by truckies - yes. Am I a slow driver - no. I too used to spend a lot of time on the road - I
have seen the accidents and the near misses. Near misses don't get recorded.
One relative of mine even took a trucking company to court. He won quite a lot of money. They were falsifying all their documents including petrol.
This court case never made it to the mainstream news. A lot of what goes on never makes it to the mainstream news. Trucking companies are only out
for the big buck.
The roads are not safe for the big trucks to use. If you see a huge four wheel drive in one lane, and a large truck in the next lane, one slip is all
it would take for a serious accident, especially at the speeds they are driving at.
The government needs to realise the problem first - before anything can be done about it. The roads need to be upgraded, widened and limit the trucks
to 80. That would be a first start.