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This is a discussion on Eastbound and Down within the INTP Forum - The Thinkers forums, part of the NT's Temperament Forum- The Intellects category; ...or Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Driving An 18-Wheeler But Haven't Asked Let me start by pointing out ...

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    Eastbound and Down

    ...or Everything You've Always Wanted To Know About Driving An 18-Wheeler But Haven't Asked

    Let me start by pointing out you can be behind the wheel 70 hours every week max. Do you realize how many audio books, college lectures and TED talks you could be listening to while getting paid?

    Sate your curiosity here.
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    Do you wear pants while driving? If so, why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by anarchitektur View Post
    Do you wear pants while driving? If so, why?
    Yes, mostly to protect against coffee spills. I won't make that mistake twice.
    Last edited by DarkBarlow; 09-01-2015 at 06:55 AM.

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    I often try to signal passing trucks that it's OK to return to the right lane in front of me (signaling with my headlights.) Most seem to really appreciated it and flash their rear lights in response. Is it useful for most truckers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by INTonyP View Post
    I often try to signal passing trucks that it's OK to return to the right lane in front of me (signaling with my headlights.) Most seem to really appreciated it and flash their rear lights in response. Is it useful for most truckers?
    It's very helpful. There's a lot of trailer back there and this takes the guess work out of accounting for it...lots of four wheelers will hang back then speed up as soon you start your lane change. If you're checking three mirrors along with the window, a truck making a lane change will take a few seconds. Most drivers don't realize this, get impatient and expect you to scoot over like a car...you know, same thing they'd do only 38 tons heavier and 60' longer. Flashing your lights lets the truck know you're working with them but a good truck driver will still take the time to be sure. I've had cars do this, their signal meaning 'Don't cut in! I'm beside you!' and will only bank on it coming from another truck.
    Last edited by DarkBarlow; 09-01-2015 at 07:24 PM.
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    Do you have a long way to go and a short time to get there?
    Also, can you do what they say can't be done?
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    Quote Originally Posted by had2bclever View Post
    Do you have a long way to go and a short time to get there?
    Also, can you do what they say can't be done?
    It's all relative. 2,400 miles in two days, you tell me.

    And no, the way it works is they say what they want you to do and you tell them 'Sorry, can't do it.' Ship's captain has it's perks.

    I'm eastbound just watch ol' Bandit run...
    Last edited by DarkBarlow; 09-01-2015 at 12:23 PM.
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    Do you normally drive the same route or is it different every time?

    Also, does trucking allow you to travel in both Canada and the States for deliveries?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andromeda31 View Post
    Do you normally drive the same route or is it different every time?

    Also, does trucking allow you to travel in both Canada and the States for deliveries?
    I run dedicated from Charlotte to Los Angeles and back every week now. The route may vary slightly because I usually have a stop along the way...if it's something like Las Vegas I'll run I-40, San Diego would put me down on I-20 to I-10 to I-8. The familiarity is good: Where to fuel, where to eat, where not to eat, local mechanics. I used to work the other way, never knowing where I'd be at week's end, and didn't care much for it. It's a good way to see the country if you've the inclination I suppose. I didn't although I'm pretty sure I hit all 48 continental states in the two years I worked like this.

    I've never run to Canada but it's done. I'm sure it's just a matter of dealing with customs. Not like Mexico...you drop that freight in Laredo or wherever and let the Mexicans take it across. Be sure to note the condition of your tires too because they'll swap out your brand new tires once they get the trailer across the border and return it with a full set of bald ones.
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    How do the long hours affect your relationship? Is it hard keeping down a serious relationship?
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