Truck Driver Therapy: What Irritates Us the Most
We’ve all experienced actions on the road that can certainly put a scowl on a face and encourage some unfavorable words. As a truck driver, the exposure to bad driving multiplies tremendously with long hours on the road. There are a few things in particular that other drivers tend to do alongside trucks that can really get under a trucker’s skin. Sure, complain all you want (you deserve it), but it is vital to remember that while annoying, it is necessary to always respond to these actions in a calm demeanor. So instead of releasing your rage on the road, we are offering some truck driver therapy. We’ve compiled three top annoyances experienced on the road that we think many truck drivers out there can relate to. Feel free to let us know what other things really rub you the wrong way!
Cars that Pass Trucks and then Cut them Off
Drivers of cars typically do not want to be stuck behind a truck, which is fine, it can definitely be intimidating. The simple solution for a car driver would be to just switch lanes and continue on their merry way. However, some aggressive drivers choose to quickly pass a truck and then squeeze back in between the truck and the car in front of it. Not only is this annoying, but it is dangerous for everyone involved. Truckers keep that gap between their rig and the car in front of them in case of a situation in which the brakes must be quickly applied. Cars that squeeze into the gap take away that safe distance.
Cars that Tailgate
On the other hand, there are those drivers that tend to hang out a little too close for comfort behind a truck. It is true that tailgating a rig very closely can result in a small increase in fuel efficiency, but the savings are probably not worth the risk car drivers present for themselves and for the truck. Lingering behind trucks exposes drivers to greater opportunity for an accident due to tire blowouts, rollovers, under rides and pileups. Remember that being directly behind a truck puts you in the driver’s blind spot, and for obvious reasons, this is not a spot you want to be in.
Cars that “Trap” Trucks
Truckers prefer to stay in the right lane for safety reasons, but there are times when it may be necessary for a trucker to move into the left lane; in order to let a car merge or to pass a very slow-moving vehicle. Unfortunately, cars take this opportunity to pass the truck on the right, not giving the truck a chance to get back into the lane. This consequently “traps” the truck in the faster moving lanes, building up traffic and frustration. This could easily be avoided if other drivers patiently let the truck proceed to the right lane and thus avoid creating congestion.
Keep your Cool
It’s important to note that truck drivers have to take responsibility for their actions as well and be constantly aware of those around them. Stressful situations occur every day, and learning how to deal with these circumstances calmly and rationally is the best route to take. The most important thing to take away from this posting is that yes, there are plenty of things that happen on the road that can really be annoying for truckers, but in the end, you must always keep your cool. Instead of taking your frustrations out on the road, we invite you to vent here!