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      08-09-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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stepson had an encounter with a flatbed trailer - rear drivers door

Trip to austin - Maxima in the right lane - driver of truck ('18wheeler') - but I think it was a truck/flatbed, came over into his lane.




Could have been a lot worse - if they had not got separated when they did I think it would have just started ripping pieces off and he would have probably lost control and headed into the ditch...
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Is that from the wheel? Holy crap... that could have been so much worse.

Question though: Was your step-son passing on the right when this happened? Illegal... but unfortuatnly sometimes a necessity here in the states where people have absolutly NO highway manners at all.



I've been in a car where we were litterally run off of the road by a truck driver who aparantly didn't see us there as he was getting into the passing lane (where we were).

Accidents do happen, but I see truckers on the phone/litterally reading the newspaper, etc. while driving. I'm sure it's a borring ass job, but with the amount of damage that can be done they need to be held to a MUCH higher standard when it comes to driving.
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Is that from the wheel? Holy crap... that could have been so much worse.

Question though: Was your step-son passing on the right when this happened? Illegal... but unfortuatnly sometimes a necessity here in the states where people have absolutly NO highway manners at all.

Yep, I think he was going past him on the right and got caught in the blind spot. He's only been driving about 1 year - so hes got a little to learn yet. I bet his person in the back seat just about loaded their pants - can't have sounded too good.
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Is that from the wheel? Holy crap... that could have been so much worse.

Accidents do happen, but I see truckers on the phone/litterally reading the newspaper, etc. while driving. I'm sure it's a borring ass job, but with the amount of damage that can be done they need to be held to a MUCH higher standard when it comes to driving.
Actually they are held to a higher standard....at least in PA. You get a license to drive a big truck and fines are doubled, tolerance for a DUI is like halved, or thirded, etc etc. They actually are held to a higher standard believe it or not!
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Number 1 thing to know about 18-wheelers....put the pedal to the floor when passing. ALWAYS!

I've done this around cops on numerous occassions. I drop back to speed after I pass. I see too many morons hanging around their blind spots.
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Actually they are held to a higher standard....at least in PA. You get a license to drive a big truck and fines are doubled, tolerance for a DUI is like halved, or thirded, etc etc. They actually are held to a higher standard believe it or not!
They are just about everywhere... just rarely policed.
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Number 1 thing to know about 18-wheelers....put the pedal to the floor when passing. ALWAYS!

I've done this around cops on numerous occassions. I drop back to speed after I pass. I see too many morons hanging around their blind spots.
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They are just about everywhere... just rarely policed.
true as well, one could say the same thing about motorcycles, cars, etc too though. the car going 100 mph attracts a lot more attention than one guy from a group of semis reading the paper.
to iterate though, glad to hear your stepson is alright, just wish in general people knew how to freaking drive...no matter what they're driving/riding
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Glad to hear no one was hurt. I'm no stranger to trucks trying to run you off the road when merging onto the freeway. Sucks.
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ouch! at least he's alright, could have been a lot worse. i almost had an 18 wheeler rear end me in traffic on the freeway today. it was a couple inches away from hitting my bumper, luckily it switched into the other lane.
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