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    Pretty sure I’m never voting for another republican again.
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    Trucking is a shadow of what it once was. I live in an area that has been a boomtown for warehouses for the past 10 years. The amount of damage trucks have done is unbelievable.

    Many modern truckers have little/no training and have no clue what the hell they are doing. You see trucks constantly cutting corners, getting stuck awkwardly at fuel stops and parking lots, and constantly not signaling/checking blind spots. I'm amazed the can back the rig into a dock cause they sure as hell show they have no control away from the docks.

    This is verging into stereotype territory here, so forgive me: Many drivers around here are of Eastern European decent. Many were quite obviously born in Europe. Let's just say that Eastern European culture does not help these guys out when they get into situations
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew S. View Post
    The long haul stuff is probably 10 years or so away. There are drivers who can be 100% awake and be absolutely frightening. There is no perfect solution unfortunately.
    I do agree with this and that there are more not as skilled truck drivers on the road. There isn't a perfect solution, but I would much rather have truck drivers who are alert and awake versus tired drivers.

    Is there room for some adjustments to allow a mid-day break period to allow the same driver to drive in the AM ahead of rush hour and drive in the PM after rush hour? Sure. But I'm more nervous about that back end drive because I don't foresee every driver napping in the afternoon to allow for that delayed return trip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    I do agree with this and that there are more not as skilled truck drivers on the road. There isn't a perfect solution, but I would much rather have truck drivers who are alert and awake versus tired drivers.

    Is there room for some adjustments to allow a mid-day break period to allow the same driver to drive in the AM ahead of rush hour and drive in the PM after rush hour? Sure. But I'm more nervous about that back end drive because I don't foresee every driver napping in the afternoon to allow for that delayed return trip.
    I think the industry is struggling to find drivers now, so I wouldn't be surprised if some people are getting hired who might otherwise be rejected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    Trucking is a shadow of what it once was. I live in an area that has been a boomtown for warehouses for the past 10 years. The amount of damage trucks have done is unbelievable.

    Many modern truckers have little/no training and have no clue what the hell they are doing. You see trucks constantly cutting corners, getting stuck awkwardly at fuel stops and parking lots, and constantly not signaling/checking blind spots. I'm amazed the can back the rig into a dock cause they sure as hell show they have no control away from the docks.

    This is verging into stereotype territory here, so forgive me: Many drivers around here are of Eastern European decent. Many were quite obviously born in Europe. Let's just say that Eastern European culture does not help these guys out when they get into situations
    Oh yeah, you're right in the heart of the intermodal hubs. I worked south of you for two summers, and woof was it rookie day for all those semi drivers.

    Also, it continues to not surprise me how many truck drivers don't know how tall their trailer is, ignore no truck and bridge height signs, then stand around dumbstruck when the local railroad bridges act as a can opener.

    It's like Bill Engvall says: "Here's your sign."

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    I think the industry is struggling to find drivers now, so I wouldn't be surprised if some people are getting hired who might otherwise be rejected.
    This is the most likely answer. I don't know if additional training should be required, or mandatory yearly refreshers for the first few years of driving, or what would improve things.


    No matter what, relaxing rules shouldn't be atop that list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    I think the industry is struggling to find drivers now, so I wouldn't be surprised if some people are getting hired who might otherwise be rejected.
    They are. Like I said in the post above, I live in an area that has expanded indefinitely as to warehouses and distribution centers. There are constant advertisements for drivers on local radio, print, and online. These are for both long haul and local drivers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    Oh yeah, you're right in the heart of the intermodal hubs. I worked south of you for two summers, and woof was it rookie day for all those semi drivers.

    Also, it continues to not surprise me how many truck drivers don't know how tall their trailer is, ignore no truck and bridge height signs, then stand around dumbstruck when the local railroad bridges act as a can opener.

    It's like Bill Engvall says: "Here's your sign."
    Northbound Brandon Rd. in Joliet has done everything to make it clear that there is a 12' Railroad bridge. At least once a month there is a truck wedged into there. And the common reason? Drivers made a wrong turn. As they head north from the road that has all the warehouses, the possible turn off routes are small, two lane farm roads and two that head into a neighborhood. Because of the lack of skill, drivers are afraid to head down these roads. And because the drivers are spooked, they miss all the signage that there is a 12' bridge

    This is what I meant in the previous post where "Cultural arrogance" rears its head
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    This is what I meant in the previous post where "Cultural arrogance" rears its head
    In the month I was working in front of the Abraham Lincoln Cemetary, we would have at *least* two truck drivers daily who would stop in the middle of our work zone blocking traffic to argue how they needed to turn around at this specific road because they missed their turn. The cemetary was well signed as "No Trucks" (picture signs) at the entrance and also signed well in advance.

    Didn't matter to them.

    I will say the one who almost came to blows with the foreman was Eastern European. And he only gave up when the City of Elwood cop squawked the siren a few cars back seeing we were all waving the truck driver to continue straight through.

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    Also, the 11'8" Bridge in North Carolina is my favorite, and I love seeing the videos from ignorant people having their vehicles destroyed because they completely ignored the low bridge warnings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    I think the industry is struggling to find drivers now, so I wouldn't be surprised if some people are getting hired who might otherwise be rejected.
    It's the same around here with school bus and Metro Transit drivers, too. Basically, if you have a CDL, you're in great demand. So long as you can pass a drug test, which has been a sticking point for too large of a portion of Metro Transit's candidates.
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    This is verging into stereotype territory here, so forgive me: Many drivers around here are of Eastern European decent. Many were quite obviously born in Europe. Let's just say that Eastern European culture does not help these guys out when they get into situations
    Just say it - we Polacks aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    Just say it - we Polacks aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer.

    *Yes, I know Poland considers itself Central Europe, not Eastern
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    I'm not willing to go quite that far, but I definitely cannot vote for anyone who identifies with and supports the anti-science, anti-immigrant, and white ethnocentrist planks of the current Republican platform.
    Yeah, thatís effectively what I mean. Do you really see any theoretical GOP nominee who believes in science, supports immigration, and isnít anti-immigration?

    Because I donít. As such, I donít see any scenario in the next 10-20 years where a republican actually supports those things. Even a candidate that just believes in science seems like an impossibility.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    Family friend, Polish heritage and can speak the language, has a retort for those jokes. "Do you speak Polish? No? How's it feel to be dumber than a Polack?"
    As you know, there are a ton of them in Chicagoland. Going into one of their restaurants is almost like stepping into Krakow, right down to the unsimiling service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post
    As you know, there are a ton of them in Chicagoland. Going into one of their restaurants is almost like stepping into Krakow, right down to the unsimiling service.
    Oh absolutely (well, I personally haven't been to Krakow, but the assessment is accurate), and oh is the food so good.

    *edit* When the ICE raids were starting a few weeks back, local Chicago media was publishing those ICE information flyers in Polish and asking Chicagoans to relay that information to Polish friends and neighbors, because there still is a large contingent of Polish-only speaking families and the ICE informational flyers were in English and Spanish only.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    I think the industry is struggling to find drivers now, so I wouldn't be surprised if some people are getting hired who might otherwise be rejected.
    You know, there's a solution for that.

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    You know, there's a solution for that.
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