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Travels of a Trucker Disturbing Trends

March 18, 2013

While we all experience it at one time or another, those who drive trucks are more apt to experience it. What am I talking about? I am talking about disturbing trends. Trends to which those in smaller vehicles place themselves in danger by doing acts which are extremely unsafe. Now again I reiterate that these trends do not just follow truckers but they also occur with other smaller vehicles on the road.

Passing on Solid Lines and Double Solid Lines

There has been an upward growing trend seen lately where smaller vehicles who believe they have every right to not be slowed down or have no patience are passing everything that stands between them and their destination. They feel that trucks are just ignorant of the fact that we should have less road rights than them and they feel the need to exercise these rights by passing unsafely on Solid lines, Double Solid lines and approaching corners. On my last trip back from Edmonton I witnessed 2 vehicles and heard on the radio about these same 2 vehicles passing everything they could wherever they could. I watched them passing on Solid lines and going into corners with their passes. It was just plain luck that nothing happened and that they managed to scrape by on this trip. I can say assuredly that this type of behavior does not go unchecked for very long before serious consequences occur for not only the drivers of these vehicles but also the innocent persons who find these vehicles in their lanes coming into a corner.

Turn Lanes become their personal through road

There is one trend which really has me fuming. Approaching a light that has ONLY ONE straight through lane and I am in it at the front the first vehicle stopped at the light. There is a right lane which is a TURN LANE. However, there are some road users who feel that this is their personal through lane to not only get around traffic but also to get around the truck/s waiting at that same light. I see them very consistently and can almost sense now when they are going to cheat. On more than one occasion they have barely squeaked by between the truck and the head on barrel protectors. I shake my head at this behavior and again it is a behavior that will one day be costly if the driver fails to negotiate the sharp curve they are suddenly placing themselves into or they may not realize the truck has a little more speed when empty and is not aware they are racing to pass them.

Slow trucks become fast trucks

There is a common irritant and a it becomes something of a groaner for all road users. Sitting behind a truck who is holding traffic up. On approach or start to a passing lane this same truck won’t allow other road users to pass safely. They will sit there with their foot on the throttle given that their company policy is to restrict their speed they will hammer it down every chance they get regardless of who they are interfering with. On more than one occasion as I am sure everybody has I have encountered these persons who would rather create an accident than avoid one. Now I am not talking out my ass here, there actually is a law in place with which these persons need to remember and familiarize themselves with.

Duty when overtaking

157  (1) Except as provided in section 158, the driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle

(a) must cause the vehicle to pass to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance, and

(b) must not cause or permit the vehicle to return to the right side of the highway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

(2) Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, a driver of an overtaken vehicle,

(a) on hearing an audible signal given by the driver of the overtaking vehicle, must cause the vehicle to give way to the right in favour of the overtaking vehicle, and

(b) must not increase the speed of the vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

The law is quite clear on this. If you are being passed you must yield and allow the driver who is passing to merge back safely. This is not the time to hammer down and maintain pace with the driver who is passing. In my case, I have a GoPro Camera with me so I can record the events and record if the driver is not in fact yielding when I pass them.

Well there you have it. Three disturbing trends which are becoming quite popular in a disastrous and dangerous way on roads and highways. Of course safety and responsibility is every road users common goal, but there are some who seriously lack it and we must account for them.

Drive Safe




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