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Hiring a "trucker" to be your navigator.......

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So there you were. Out of sight of my mirrors. Too close to stop in time. Something goes wrong in front of me. I have to lock up to avoid killing that sweet family. What do you do? Realizing you can't see in front of me.

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It has been my experience that following drivers (other than professionals) don't realize how quickly a rig can  stop, given the right circumstances. 

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I sometimes follow a trucker going through an unfamiliar city.  Often they know the best lanes to be in but I stay back, waaay back.  All I am looking for is the lane they are in and one can determine that even if there are cars between us.  One of the advantages of an HDT is the ability to see far ahead to watch for problems.  I go out of my way to stay clear of truckers that block that view.  Following a vehicle closely reminds me of the commercial for insurance about mayhem caused by other drivers.  It is very distracting to have someone do that.

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ok sure follow that truck.

but is that truck going where you are going?

maybe that is his first time through that state.

what we call “seat warmers” are bad drivers and do not know much about how to drive a rig.   you want to be part of his accident?

or get into one cause he screwed up. and drives away unknowing.

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11 hours ago, packnrat said:

ok sure follow that truck.

but is that truck going where you are going?

maybe that is his first time through that state.

what we call “seat warmers” are bad drivers and do not know much about how to drive a rig.   you want to be part of his accident?

or get into one cause he screwed up. and drives away unknowing.

I had a CDL for years and as I said I only use other truckers to help me find the best lanes to use through an unfamiliar city.  Of course I use other inputs like signs.  I also said I don't like to be close to other rigs that restrict my vision.  If possible all I will see is a trucker way off in the distance. As for inferring I am a bad driver I have not been in an accident of any kind since I obtained my CDL years ago and hopefully that continues.  Your conclusion about my driving skills after one post...

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I refuse to follow a truck.  Even when I drove professionally, (still have a CDL) I would not follow if I could avoid it.  For one, I have met drivers I would never trust, little lone place myself within their judgement.  Two, I hate with a passion driving blind, ie, not able to see in front of me for a long ways.  I won't follow any vehicle, truck/camper, etc if I can't see down the road.  If I can't go around, I slow down to increase distance.  I trust NO ONE's judgement about what I can avoid in front of, beside, behind, etc.  If I get caught in a slow lane going through an area, it happens, I'm not in a heated rush to get anywhere.  Generally, the left-most 2 lanes will eventually be the best to be in during times of congestion.  For me, that applies regardless of what I'm driving.  On my motorbike... stay the .... away from me and I will stay the .... away from you, period.

As for the original post, I would never use a truck for navigation.  I carry printed maps, a GPS unit, truck's GPS and Google maps.  There are times when I just take a turn and follow it where it goes, follow the signs, sometimes.

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to randy retired.

i never said your driving is bad, or even wrong. 

me... i have over 40 years driving for a living. most of the western states, back as far east as kentucky. plenty of ice and snow, fog, high winds. never seen a tornado. 

( with luck i will be retired within 7 years)

just there are many that are. then all the cars plowing into trucks. spinning out in front of us, etc.

i do not place my life in the hands of others. nor do i want your life under my “control”.

then just general safety. things do break and fall off trucks.

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The company our daughter drives for often assigns her to deliver paper products. When some idiot causes her to have to take evasive action she has been known to yell, "Do you want your toilet paper delivered or not?" If we want the goods truckers deliver we might want to be careful of how we drive around them. 

Linda Sand

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