Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Crazy Good?


I've noticed that whenever a trucking company has a slogan emblazoned on their equipment touting how awesome they are...like:

"Destination Excellence"
"All We Care About Is You And Your Babies And Kittens And Puppies"
"We Kick Ass"
"We Are Safe As Fuck"

... the truth is usually the direct opposite of said slogan. 

This clown was sooooo "Crazy Good" he rode the ass of the old lady in the Prius for three miles! 

I loves my job, and your safety and convenience is of the utmost importance to me.

Honest.

CCCP My Ass!


Seen on the road recently. 

WTF? 

What's next?  ISIS Trucking?  NAZI Motor Freight Lines?

I hailed the driver on the CB to get an explanation, but got no response.

This Bolshevik didn't even have a CB antenna...

I'm OK with Russians. In fact, I admire the silly rough-neck bastards. It's the whole Soviet Union/CCCP/Gulag commie thing I have a problem with. I wanted to ask him, "If the Soviet Union was so great, why are you here in the evil capitalist USA? Oh...that's right. The Soviet Union collapsed and doesn't EXIST any more!"

I think most Americans see the hammer and sickle as some sort of cool design they've seen college pukes waving or wearing on Che Guevara shirts, and have no idea what has been done in its name. To me, it's no different than a Nazi swastika.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rich Logistics fAle






A little background:

I recorded this last night coming south from Fort Wayne, Indiana on I-69.  


A severe thunderstorm was going through the area with 30mph sustained cross-winds, and frequent gusts up to 60mph, heavy rain, and some hail.  I thought I was driving in a tornado, and I was fighting to keep it on the road.  It was probably the worst cross-wind I had ever experienced.

I'm in a loaner tractor, which is not set up to install a CB radio (no antenna), so I have no idea what's going on in front of me beyond my field of vision, and I have no way of communicating with other drivers other than lights/horns.

At the time of the video, the rain had subsided a bit, but the winds remained.  


I had slowed to about 45mph.  My emergency flashers are on.  Visibility was poor, and I came up on this Rich Logistics truck that had come to a complete stop and was blocking the right lane of the Interstate.  I saw the situation in plenty of time, but I had no where to go as the left lane was full of traffic.

Once I came to a complete stop, I kept my eyes glued to my rear-view mirrors.  Being the Negative Nancy that I am, I was sure I was going to be blasted in the rear end by another inattentive driver.  It was a nightmare situation.

For the life of me, I can't figure out what Rich Logistics was doing.  Why was he not pulled completely off to the shoulder and off the travel lanes?  Nobody was in front of him or blocking him in any way that I could see.  If he was having mechanical problems, I cannot foresee a scenario where he wouldn't be able to at least get his rig completely off the roadway.  As you can see in the video, the Rich Logistics truck IS moveable...so why was he stopped and blocking the Interstate?

I think he panicked because of the weather conditions, and decided to come to a screeching halt exactly where he was...a horrible decision.

I think the lessons here are:

-scan far enough ahead and drive the conditions.
-make wise decisions which won't make matters worse.
-if one decides conditions are impossible, get COMPLETELY off the road as soon as possible.

-the side skirts on our trailers are EXTREMELY bad news in last night's conditions. I believe that if I had been empty, I wouldn't have been able to keep it on the road.

BTW...I removed the audio for the video because I figured you didn't want to hear the screaming and cussing!