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Old 07-15-2013, 07:35 AM   #21
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While reading through this thread I just kept thinking of all the taxes paid by trucking companies and private owners of big rigs. It's a veritable alphabet soup of 'em.

It's been a decade since ex and I had a trucking company so I can't remember 'em all but IFTA was a biggie right off the top.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:02 AM   #22
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. The other was between Memphis and Little Rock where for the most part the interstate is fairly flat with few hills and running side by side 25 mph. .
25 mph on a flat road, and no reason for them driving so slow?
Doesn't make sense, and didn't happen without pictures!
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:41 AM   #23
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And a growing number will sit in the passing lane going up hill just enough behind another on to prevent passing but refusing to pull over. Ran into a bunch on I40 running 25mph in both lanes between Memphis and Little Rock. Finally got around those two and ran about 5 miles and ran into another pair. Don't know what they were trying to prove, but it sure had traffic messed up. Luckily we were in a car and not towing anything.
That stretch of I-40 has got to be worst in the country for the semis. I swear they outmunber cars by 3 to 1!
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:51 AM   #24
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How long ago was this fiasco on I40? The reason asking, was that there was Some major road construction between Little Rock and Memphis. Just reopened a couple weeks ago. Lots of wrecks and people killed while it was going on. (Cut down to one lane.) Maybe they were just slowing people down to save their lives. Just sayin...
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:14 AM   #25
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Some comments about big rig drivers on here are just plain ignorant. Also being a big rig driver, I can vouch tat 40 up hills and faster down is kinda out of most of there control. As stated above lots are limited to certain speeds so to pull that 80000lbs up that hill it takes a lot of power and you will nt be able to maintain. With that being said yes there are d*cks out there, but there is also people with 3/4 ton trucks hooked to 16000 lb fivers, that have no real world towing experience and think they are king sh*t. Or people that have drove nothing but a 4 door sedan all there life and decide its time to go full timing and buy a 40'+ class A and take off. It works in everyday there are people in every crowd that should not be in the road.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:17 AM   #26
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A couple years ago the DW and I had a discussion about traveling around the country and enjoying it. We decided that we could not control how others drove but we could control our reaction. Now we just ignore it and talk and enjoy the scenery and realize not too long ago we sat in offices surrounded by idiots but now we are retired and in no hurry. One traffic jam we got off at rest stop and grilled some hot dogs and took a nap. A couple hours well spent of together time. Very well spent ;-)
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:18 AM   #27
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Something tells me I shouldn't have brought the subject of semi's up!! I know there are a lot of good truckers out there trying to make a living. Like anything, there are always a few yahoo's.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:23 AM   #28
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I have found it easier to follow a 18 wheeler that is going about my speed. Sometimes they just follow me. Everyone else goes around both of us. Once in a while a 4 wheeler squeezes in between & brakes to make a exit, never had a 18 wheeler do that trick though.

OP. Sounds like there was 1 intelligent driver that day. Some might have held their speed & let him drop behind them on the hills, but that would be nasty.
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How long ago was this fiasco on I40? The reason asking, was that there was Some major road construction between Little Rock and Memphis. Just reopened a couple weeks ago. Lots of wrecks and people killed while it was going on. (Cut down to one lane.) Maybe they were just slowing people down to save their lives. Just sayin...
Happened 4 yrs ago and there was no construction going on. Don't know what they were protesting if anything, but it sure caused traffic congestion.
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Being a truck driver........ full and part time. And hauling loads approaching
80, 000 lbs untill you've sat behind the wheel you have no idea!
With that being said there are still a few throttle jockeys that are clueless.

Please realize a lot of trucks are computer limited to 65 mph and are doing there best to maintain acceptable speeds.

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