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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    Quote Originally Posted by hikari View Post
    I wish more people and companies thought like this, as a professional driver lots of times I have to hide behind my safety manager, because without calling him and explaining that I think it is unsafe dispatchers will always say the same thing "other people are doing it, so it can't be that unsafe". I think the magnitude of this crash shows clearly that just because other people are doing it, doesnt make it safe.
    If you're a trucker, you're my favorite guy on rainy/foggy/snowy low-visibility nights. Until I get to an exit, I'm searching for a semi to stay behind 'til I get there. I keep what I think is a safe distance between me and the truck and stay there. I figure I just may have time to stop and the semi? He'll be pushin' most things out of his way to give me a few extra feet. I don't know if that's true, but on those times I find myself in "soup," that's my strategy.

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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    Dear Morons:

    In dense fog, do not continue driving at 80 miles an hour.
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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    Quote Originally Posted by danarhea View Post
    I can believe this. Drivers in Southeast Texas cannot drive. If you are driving the speed limit, even in fog, you are going to have someone on your ass, just inches off your back bumper. Drivers around here are the worst in the entire nation. On the other hand, some of the best and most courteous drivers are in the Dallas area. Every time I have driven to Dallas, people have motioned with their hands to let me in. Here in Houston, I have frequently missed my exit because while trying to get in the lane, I turned on my turn signal, and whoever is in that lane speeds up and cuts me off on purpose. What you are witnessing in these pictures, fog or no fog, is the absolute stupidity and brainless aggressiveness of drivers in Southeast Texas. Still, I am sorry for their losses today.
    Sounds like Minnesota drivers. My in-laws live about an hour up I-94 from us. Problem is that there's two lanes: The old-lady lane, and the NASCAR lane. The speed limit is 70, but your choices are 50 or 90.


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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    I've been in a fog bank so thick that I could barely see the front of my hood where the last thing I spotted as we were twisting up this mountain switchback was a freaking gas delivery truck in front of me. When we finally broke out of that thing, I found the first pullover and just twitched for ten minutes.

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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    If you're a trucker, you're my favorite guy on rainy/foggy/snowy low-visibility nights. Until I get to an exit, I'm searching for a semi to stay behind 'til I get there. I keep what I think is a safe distance between me and the truck and stay there. I figure I just may have time to stop and the semi? He'll be pushin' most things out of his way to give me a few extra feet. I don't know if that's true, but on those times I find myself in "soup," that's my strategy.

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    You are so right.

    Many years ago I, with my family, was returning from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs. We were ascending Raton Pass late at night when we found ourselves in one of their June blizzards. Before we knew it we were driving in six inches of snow...couldn't even see where the road was. While I was creeping along, we got passed by a trucker. He saved us. I stayed in that truck's tracks until we got through the pass and out of the snow.

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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    You are so right.

    Many years ago I, with my family, was returning from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs. We were ascending Raton Pass late at night when we found ourselves in one of their June blizzards. Before we knew it we were driving in six inches of snow...couldn't even see where the road was. While I was creeping along, we got passed by a trucker. He saved us. I stayed in that truck's tracks until we got through the pass and out of the snow.

    Hat tip to truckers.

    I have often used a trucker's tail lights to guide me where the road is.

    Crossing Washington state in the winter time one often finds the road completely covered in snow without any indication where the shoulder is. Yes, I appreciate having a semi in front of me.

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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Dear Morons:

    In dense fog, do not continue driving at 80 miles an hour.
    Driving up to my cousin's place in Wisconsin with her and my mom in the car, it started to rain cats/dogs/elephants. And we were driving into it, so that made it worse. I could just barely make out tail lights; and when there were none? I was flying blind. (People were speeding past me like I was standing still, and I was probably doing about 45...so they quickly left me in the "dust." I decided to pull off the highway into a rest stop -- I absolutely hated doing that because it was dark and there were just a few cars in the lot, but I just couldn't see. I had the feeling my cousin would have kept driving, but she was okay with it.

    After the rain subsided, I started on my way again. Up the road about a mile or so, there was a three-car pile-up with one car upside-down in the ditch.

    Trust your instincts. Don't fly blind. And YES!!! Don't continue driving 80 mph when you can't freakin' see.
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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    One of the good things about driving a truck is that lots of times when things are really bad we stick together and communicate via cb, though I admit I rarely use the thing, being able to tall to other people who may be aware of hazards you are not is not only good for safety but it really can calm the nerves when other people can tell you where a good safe place to park is coming up in bad weather.

    The cb is for emergency use only for me, otherwise it is equal parts "Obama sucks", "elogs sucks", and "omg a girl, why don't you come hang out in my truck tonight". But at least when things get bad on the roads trucker culture isn't that bad.

    Texas is a dangerous place though, with 75mph speed limits in lots of places and insurance making many trucks governed to 62mph and most Texas interstates are major freight lanes leading to people who are used to swerving around traffic and getting very close to the cars in front of them. I am very glad I stay on the east coast now, not that the drivers are that much better, but at least it is home.

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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    Were I grew up was on I-75 and pile ups happened every now and again. I lived near swamps and fog was often really really thick but what's worse is in the swamps occassionally there'd be peat fires whose smoke would add worse visibility. And back in the 70's and such, drug use by truckers was worse so that didn't help much either.
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    Re: Massive Pile Up on I-10 in Texas, Many Injured.....

    It goes without saying, but it looks like a lot of holiday packages traveling through Fed-Ex are not going to make it to their destination.
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