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posts by me and others regarding driving a big truck

Complacency–A Dangerous Concept

Complacency is indeed a very dangerous concept.  It means something like “I have done this before so I know what I am doing.” which is not always true.  Safety truly is no accident and complacency can get in the way … Continue reading

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Safe Driving a Responsibility

I believe safe driving is a responsibility of each person who gets behind a steering wheel and heads down a road be it public or private.  We have a major responsibility to take care to not hurt anyone or anything … Continue reading

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A Too Long Time

Hi everyone,  It has been a ‘Too Long Time’ since I was last here.  No excuses offered.  Should have been here and wasn’t. Doesn’t matter that I got a new job and have been doing some ungodly hours.  I am … Continue reading

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Lets Finish up the Inside

Okay, lets finish up the inside by checking the doors, latches and seals.  The usual applies here also: no cracks, tears, broken or leaking stuff.  By now we all know that, right? Check out the windshield and the seal there. … Continue reading

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Checking Out the Inside of the Cab

I think I will start with one tractor I was told to take as mine was being serviced.  I said okay and picked up the key.  After the third bag of trash, I decided I had had enough so I … Continue reading

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Tires, rims and mudflaps

We can start with the steer tires.  They have to have a minimum of 4/32 tread in all the major grooves.  They must be the same size and type of tire.  No recaps or regrooved allowed as they will blow … Continue reading

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Finish the Engine Pre-Trip

Okay, lets finish up the engine pre-trip and then we can do the tires, rims, brakes and the trailer. Since we are already under the hood, we can check the water pump and the fan blade belts. All these need … Continue reading

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More on a Pre-Trip

There is a lot involved in a complete and thorough pre-trip as anyone who has driven for a while can tell you.  It is a lot more than just checking a ‘few’ things.  If you are going to do it … Continue reading

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Done a Pre-Trip Lately?

I got to thinking some of us get so used to doing stuff we don’t even think about it anymore.  It is almost automatic.  This can be dangerous if we are in the process of picking up the tractor and … Continue reading

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Another Accident

I just read that there was another truck accident that killed 5 people.  Evidently the driver did not know that traffic was stopped ahead and kept on ‘truckin’ and plowed into the back-end of a car and ended up hitting … Continue reading

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