Doctor of Teleocity
- Mar 21, 2007
- My mom's basement.
I'm glad no one got hurt. It was all prior to 1989 when I drove class 8 trucks and a few close calls were scary. I cannot ever forget a day on slippery roads with when a tiny car pulled out in front of me. Trying to slow I could see likelihood of a jackknife in mirror same time the car was not visible in front of the long-nose tractor.This was a first and hopefully a last in 20 years of driving. I’m good and last report the other lady involved is good and just had a headache probably from her airbags going off.
For almost six years I’ve been driving for a living commercially. I’m probably 70k plus fully loaded. Every day is a struggle dealing with impatient people in a damn hurry always willing to play chicken with you, cut you off or having their phone shoved up their arse or down right simply not paying attention.
I’ve hade more than my fair share of close calls, probably the worst one I remember was the daycare van that pulled out in front of me while I was doing 65 down the highway. I locked it up and pulled over after dodging that one to collect myself.
Well today it unfortunately happened. Three lane highway, I stayed in the middle lane since I was approaching a on ramp off to my right with flowing traffic. This lady hops in the right lane next me coming off the ramp. I got a glance of her at the side of the truck and thought she was speeding up. Before I knew it she was in my lane and put her quarter panel in my front bumper which spun her out sending her car doors to my truck grill doing 65. She got pushed sideways for a couple seconds then the front end of her car caught as it slid across the front of my truck and out my left side she went spinning for the ditch.
I got it to the side of the road as quick and safely as I could and dialed 911. Tried shoving my stomach back down my throat and stop the adrenaline dump shakes. It all happened so fast, we do have dash cams in our trucks which got reviewed out the gate and the bosses said I did everything right in the moment and it wasn’t my fault.
Just thankful it wasn’t worse! Point of posting this is be careful folks! Pay attention, put the phone down, Slow down, give people some room big truck or not. As far as the big trucks go we’re all out there just trying to do our job.
For a short while I hauled combustibles as humbling, but nothing taught me to be chill and careful like the short time I drove a school bus. Wow was that humbling when you looked at your cargo and thought about all that could go wrong.
Good luck and continued safe travels!