other dog Posted December 11, 2008 Share Posted December 11, 2008 Old Bill sent me this story he posted the other day. http://www.timegoesby.net/elderstorytellin...ers-then-a.htmlIt's all true, but there are other differences in then and now besides the trucks themselves. Drivers are different now than when I first started, not nearly as long ago as when Bill started driving. Drivers used to cut the headlights off to signal it was clear to come back over, now they do nothing or hit you with the high-beams and blind you, which is worse than the doing nothing.They used to even back it down it down a little to help you pass, now they "hammer down"if you try to pass, just like 4-wheelers do. If I pass another truck I always blink my marker lights to say "thank you". More often than not if someone passes me they'll have the right turn signal on before they're halfway by then cut back in before you even have a chance to give them the lights, and if you do give them the lights they don't respond. A lot of times if you move over on the interstate to let a truck off a ramp they won't even let you back over and they'll pass on the right, just like a 4-wheeler does. I passed a truck on the West Virginia turnpike one night then ran up behind another slow truck climbing a hill and there was a long line of cars in the left lane,so I couldn't get out to pass. The truck i'd passed before fell in behind them, but didn't offer to let me out. The next truck behind him did, and I thanked him, and the first truck. He got on the radio and told me "eff you,I don't owe you any favors,it's every man for himself". That pretty much sums up the whole attitude of today's truck driver. And a lot of times ,especially when you go by a truckstop, you'll hear drivers cussing each other and arguing on the CB radio. New drivers might not know what to do in a given situation, or ask a question about something, and instead of trying to help them other drivers will get on the radio and ridicule them for not knowing. We all had to start somewhere, right? And nobody started out knowing it all, just a lot of "truck drivers" do after their 2 weeks of training.Just my rant for the day. Quote Producer of poorly photo-chopped pictures since 1999. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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