TRUCKER’S

“RULES OF THE ROAD”

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~ RESPECT RIGS ~

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1 ~  If you can’t see our face in our side mirrors, we sure can’t see YOU!
(If you are within 50 feet of our front or back bumpers, we can’t see you! …Blind zones)
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2 ~  We only ever have 10 brakes, not 18….
(None are disk brakes)
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3 ~  At 55 mph it takes a regulation football field and a half
(650 ft) to come to a complete stop loaded…
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4 ~  An 18 wheeler’s weight fully loaded is 80,000 lbs…
(that’s 80,000 lbs of rolling death)
(40 tons)

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5 ~  Our rigs can suck motorcycles under with the draft killing riders…
(Also to people walking or standing as we pass by you…
If to close to us)
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6 ~  We swing wide at all turns…
(Most roads were not designed for rigs…)
(Long trailers are 48 feet and mainly 53 footers…)
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7 ~  Remember: Our cab turns left say, the trailer tail swings right….
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8 ~  1st Responders: We are usually the 1st to HELP you!
We are the 1st at an accident, we watched it happen!
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9 ~  Need HELP?  Ask us, we have resources to assist you in our cabs…
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10 ~  Fact:  Most auto vs rig accidents are caused by the auto &/or 2 wheeler…
(Proven by the Ride Along program with State Police, DOT certified…Cameras, video and tickets… In WA, MO & KY)
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11 ~  4 wheelers (autos, pickups, trucks, motorcycles) must STOP cutting us off!
(Be it at stops, ramps, traveling, in traffic, etc…)
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12 ~  4 wheelers STOP pushing us!
(We do the best we can loaded, flooring the pedal to the metal just to get rolling from a stop)
(Most trucks are governed at 62  – 68 mph, a few at 72 mph)
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13 ~  4 wheelers, move out of the way if you are going S.L.O.W in the right lane….
( It’s safer for you to change lanes than for us)
(We are on time sensitive delivery loads most times)
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14 ~  Our 4-way lights on, we may be backing up, not always stopped!
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15 ~   Backing in to a straight a way, we have to swing the cab to push the trailer in…
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16 ~  Do not high beam us, we have to hold our speeds!
(Some companies make us run at 50 – 55 mph)
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17 ~  In merge situations, we hold our lane and speeds on the highways…
(We can’t yield to you when you merge in from ramps, our loads may shift causing an accident….)
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18 ~  We are more deadly without the trailer attached….
(Bobtailing, we can flip as soon as we hit the breaks quick and hard!)
(Plus, brakes only stop on the front 2 brakes designed to work for 80,000 lbs!)

(Smaller the truck is NOT the safest either!)
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19 ~  Most of us have graduated Professional Truck School, we are professional tractor trailer drivers!
(Trucking is our career, our job, our lifestyle)
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REMEMBER:  If you bought it, a trucker brought it!
Thank the trucker….

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Christie
Lady Trucker
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It’s against the law for truckers to blow their air horns!
(Unless for an emergency)
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PASS IT ON!
SAVE A LIFE!
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FYI:   Police, EMT, ambulance, fire station training all do not include our “Rules” .. Go figure!
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You can change this and make your local towns, schools, emergency drivers and people you care about well AWARE you care by helping to save a life!

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RESPECT the RIG!  80,000 lbs of death rolling down the road… They can be your best friend or your worst nightmare… *Usually depends on YOU!  We are professional drivers, it’s our career and our lifestyle…

Symptoms of Fungal Exposure (Mycotoxicosis)
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Susan Lillard-Roberts
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Mold toxicity is often the end result with constant exposure to mold of a toxic substance. A common misconception among allergists who are untrained in this type of toxicity levels in humans, which is technically not their area of expertise unless they have trained specifically in environmental medicine with their background in immunology, is to do general allergen testing. Most tests usually result in an unequivocal result, a 2+ or less. This induces some physicians to order allergy shots, regardless. These shots are absolutely worthless (and could possibly be harmful) to a person who has been heavily exposed to these mycotoxins as they are already in a state of toxicity. If anything, this could exacerbate the problem. Because many doctors are not trained in this field, they may try to “guess” at a diagnosis.
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In laymen’s terms, molds produce mycotoxins. These substances, although unseen by the naked eye, are ingested and then enter the body through the skin, mucous and airways. Once ingested, mold has the requirements to colonize and spread. In doing this, it can compromise the immune system and damage everyday processes of the body. Mold and yeast are interchangeable only in their dimorphic state, which is often a big misconception, although both are fungi. There has been a theory of a connection between Autism Spectrum Disorder onset and Candida Albicans in the body. New studies are being conducted during the first quarter of 2006. Updates will follow.
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Fungi, which include yeasts, moulds, smuts and mushrooms, are responsible for causing four types of mycotic (fungal) disease:
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1. Hypersensitivity – an allergic reaction to moulds and spores;
2. Mycotoxicosis – poisoning by food products contaminated by fungi
3. Mycetismus – the ingestion of preformed toxin (toadstool poisoning)
4. Infection (systemic) – (Mycotoxicosis; the subject below)
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The following are a list of the most common symptoms of fungal exposure (bear in mind, people never fit all of below criteria). Most people with some forms of Mycotoxicosis meet at least 8 (recent symptoms) of the following criteria:
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~ Fibromyalgia/mps (and several correlated symptoms)
~ Respiratory distress, coughing, sneezing, sinusitis
~ Difficulty swallowing, choking, spitting up (vomiting) mucous
~ Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
~ Burning in the throat and lungs (similar to acid reflux and often misdiagnosed as such)
~ Asthmatic signs; wheezing, shortness in breath, coughing, burning in lungs, etc.
~ Irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, diarrhea, sharp abdominal pains, stomach lesions
~ Bladder, liver, spleen, or kidney pain
~ Dark or painful urine
~ Dirt-like taste in mouth, coated tongue
~ Food allergies/leaky gut syndrome/altered immunity
~ Memory loss; brain fog, slurred speech, occasionally leading to dementia
~ Vision problems
~ Swollen lymph nodes
~ Large boils on neck (often a sign of anaphylaxis)
~ Yellowing of nails, ridges, or white marks under nail
~ Thyroid irregularities, sometimes leading to complete dysfunction; adrenal problems
~ Headaches
~ Anxiety/depression, heart palpitations – confusion, PTSD
~ Extreme blood pressure, cholesterol, or triglycerides irregularities
~ Ringing in ears, balance problems (very common), dizziness, loss of hearing (aspergillus niger)
~ Chronic fatigue (also included under this classification directional confusion)
~ Intermittent face flushing; almost always systemic, Called the Mylar Flush (neurological))
~ Night head sweats, and drooling while sleeping, profuse sweating
~ Multiple chemical sensitivity; only upon exposure to Stachybotrys and Chaetomium
~ Nose bleeds (stachybotrys)
~ Bruising/scarring easily; rash or hives, bloody lesions all over the skin (Often systemic, see images; skin)
~ Reproductive system complications; infertility, changes in menstrual cycles, miscarriage
~ Sudden weight changes (Detoxifier genotypes tend to gain weight, non-detoxifier genotypes tend to lose weight)
~ Cancer
~ Hair loss, very brittle nails, temporary loss of fingerprints (in rare cases)
~ Joint/muscle stiffness and pain
~ Irregular heart beat/heart attack
~ Seizures, inadvertent body jerking, twitching, inadvertent facial movements or numbness in face
~ Hypersensitivity when re-exposed to molds, which can lead to anaphylaxis
~ Anaphylaxis upon re-exposure to mycotoxin producing molds
~ Death, in extreme cases
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Note: despite inaccurate and misleading reports by theorists regarding immuno-compromised, babies, and the elderly being more susceptible, this is a big misconception as exposure to the T-2 mycotoxins found in many types of current indoor molds will poison anyone in time; no one is immune. The reason for this conflicting information is that studies have never been conducted to prove this. If so called experts are going to make such a broad and misleading statement, they may as well say that this same category of people is more susceptible to SARS, West Nile Virus, AIDS, and cancer. The T-2 mycotoxins found in many of these molds are the exact same T-2 mycotoxins that have killed widespread groups of innocent people with Yellow Rain, a biological warfare agent.
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Different mold species can have varying health effects, but it is important to remember that any excessive mold growth needs to be taken care of, regardless of the species. Any excessive mold growth can lead to increased allergies, toxicity, and house/building structural problems.
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SITE
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http://www.mold-survivor.com/symptoms.html
~ Symptoms of Fungal Exposure (Mycotoxicosis) …
by Susan Lillard-Roberts …
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Google:
molds
molds home
molds home symptoms
moulds
mold exposure
indoor molds

F.Y.I.’s
for
YOU

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TRUCK SCHOOL:
2004 in Western Truck School in California the director AL was highly informative on trucking… He explained numerous techniques, ways, incident scenarios, etc… After telling us what to do in various scenarios he would end each one if we did not drive right with the phrase he drilled in us “And then you die!”
*   Miss you Al!  *
~   The point is we have to be alert 110% every time we are driving…
~   Trucker’s make split second decisions all the time…
~   We travel 6 – 18 seconds plus behind you to avoid accidents!
~   Our worst nightmares daily are passenger vehicles… Known as 4 wheelers to us…

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BRAKES:
~      The brakes are designed to stop a rig fully loaded at 80,000 lbs…
~      18 wheelers only have 10 brakes!
~      A bob-tail only has 2 brakes!
~      Disc brakes burn out fast!  Research was done on considering them…
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SEMI STOPPING DISTANCE:
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http://www.zafr.com/trucktcom/stop.htm
~   Truck Troubles …
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Speed/Stopping Distance for 10-feet/sec/sec Braking

40-MPH = 180-feet stopping distance + 120-feet reaction = 300-feet
60-MPH = 405-feet stopping distance + 180-feet reaction = 585-feet
80-MPH = 720-feet stopping distance + 240-feet reaction = 960-feet
100-MPH = 1125-feet stopping distance + 300-feet reaction = 1425-feet

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SITE:
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http://www.zafr.com/trucktcom/brakes.htm
~    Truck Troubles.com … Great info on all phases of braking…
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semi-trailer_truck
~    Wilkipedia … Braking …
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TRUCKER’S  “NO ZONES”
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Known Trucker’s “Blind Spots”
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No words needed, just look and remember!
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RULE:  If you can’t see the driver’s face in his rear view mirror, HE CAN’T SEE YOU!
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By remembering the info in Lady Trucker F.Y.I and “Trucker’s Rules of the Road” ~ you avoid the scene in the 1st picture …

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18 WHEELER ON FIRE… PAY ATTENTION DRIVING!

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You will stay alive!

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18 WHEELER “NO ZONES” … KNOWN BLIND SPOTS FROM THE DMV’S COMMERCIAL DRIVER’S LICENSE BOOK….

STOP Collectors Dead!


                                         ENOUGH ALREADY ENOUGH!
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Bill Collectors – BEWARE!

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Collection calls are a pain! I just posted my Cease and Desist Letter in a forum and FaceBook for moms… I strongly suggest you copy the letter and pass it on to help others… Clark Howard calls them a Drop Dead Letter… Collectors are outta hand today! Why not STOP them in their tracks?
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As a prior licensed bill collector:

I collected all i called on being nice and helping debtors out…
It is far better to call your creditor and explain your scenario and what you can pay, etc…. Before being late is best…
KEEP NOTES! (date, time, who, company, convo)
Keep proof of payment with last statement showing o balance forever!
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RECORD CALLS

Buy at Radio Shack: Removable Telephone Pickup… Attach it to your phone receiver and a tape recorder…
~ Check your state laws on recording though…
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– Hope this all helps…
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Tweak the letter how you want and need it to be…
Send it certified!
I have never been bugged after this was sent out!
Keep a copy for you…
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Christie
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CEASE AND DESIST LETTER

Your Name:

Your Address:

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Date:
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Company:
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Attn:
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Ref/Acct #:
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Dear Sir / Madam:

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This will serve as your legal notice pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. section 805, to cease and desist all further communication with me in regard to the above referenced debt or debts. You are hereby instructed to cease collection efforts immediately or face legal sanctions under applicable Federal and State law.
~   Fair Debt Collection Laws:
http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/credit/cre18.shtm

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… I am providing notice that i will file a formal complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (which is responsible for the enforcement of the FDCPA) and the Attorney General of my state if the collection agency does not comply with my letter…
… I am providing notice that i intend to file suit against the collection agency if any negative information is placed on my credit reports….
… I am providing notice that i intend to keep a log of any contacts the collection agency makes after they receive this letter…
… My employers, be it past or future, prohibits calls from collection agencies, i demand that the collection agency not contact me at my place of employments…
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… I further demand collection agencies not contact my relatives, friends or neighbors for any reason…
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Special Notice:

1. The itemized list of charges need to be sent to me explaining where the balance and charges originated from…
2. This account will not be activated til I deem it worthy of paying a penny to the original creditor…. (Unless account has been “SOLD”)
3. Any and all information on me is “PRIVATE”…
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Signed:

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First Name… Last Name
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Added Notes:

* Should put – All correspondence will be in writing “only” from this day forward!
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SITE

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_Debt_Collection_Practices_Act

~ Wilkipedia… Read all about the Do’s etc… of collectors, etc…
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http://www.clarkhoward.com/news/clark-howard/personal-finance-credit/scavenger-debt-collectors-seeking-default-judgment/nFht/

~ Clark Howard… Scavenger debt collectors seeking default judgments from unsuspecting consumers…
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http://www.consumerfraudreporting.org/PayDayLoan.php

~ Consumer Fraud Reporting.Org…
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www.budhibbs.com

~ Bud Hibbs… Consumer Credit Expert
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                     THEY ARE OFF MY BACK! I CAN RELAX NOW….

 

Federal Motor Carriers Accident Chart for 2008…

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http://www.truckinfo.net/trucking/stats.htm#Accident%20Stats
~   Truck Info…
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What are some facts about truck driving accidents?
~   Commercial trucks are involved in 2.4% of all car accidents.
~   Trucks are 3 times less likely to be in an accident than a regular motor vehicle.
~   One person is injured or killed in a truck accident every 16 minutes.
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How many truck accidents occur every year?
The United States Department of Transportation estimates that over 500,000 truck accidents occur every year.
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What is the cause of the truck accidents
~    More than 75% of truck driving accidents are due to the driver of the passenger vehicle.
~   Only 16% of all truck driving accidents are due to the truck driver’s fault.

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NOW, WHO NEEDS TO WISE UP ON THEIR DRIVING SKILLS?

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Lady Trucker

This all co-insides with the DOT certified State Trooper’s findings during their Ride Along Program with truck drivers…

~    They did this in three states a few years ago…

~    Troopers had a video camera, ticket books and cameras with them…

~    They rode in the passenger seat a solid week with truck drivers…

~     They were shocked to see all the crap all the 4 wheelers, etc…  were pulling!

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I know for a fact most law enforcement have no idea of our Rules of the Road!

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F.Y.I. 

~    If you travel like 18 to 20 seconds behind the traffic you will escape many accidents!

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~     If you stay doing the posted speed limits you will arrive 10-15 minutes later than if you speeded the whole way!

(Research was conducted with a speeding rig and a speed abiding rig… The slow rig was only 10 minutes behind the fast rig!!!!)

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~   Super Truckers start about 11pm through 5am nightly… Us good drivers hate them!   You should be leery of them too!  They speed, break most laws and are reckless and careless drivers…

*  I strongly suggest you get any info you can about the truck, trailer and driver, plus highway info… Call the police and turn them in!

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Notably Bad Driver Company

~    Swift Transportation have most of the worst drivers out there!   Put their Safety Dept’s number on speed dialCall (1-800-347-1656)…

~    I was constantly calling them!

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SWIFT TRANSPORTATION TRUCK

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Bad Driver Note
Bad drivers you experience while driving or otherwise can be turned in to their company’s Safety Department…
~   The company should thank you for alerting them to an unsafe driver…
Do write down:
~       Truck number or license plate and driver description…
~       Trailer number or license number…
~       Time of day…
~       Highway and mile marker, direction truck is traveling…
~       State and town you witnessed them in….

~        Mention what all you witnessed…
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All this info is key in tracking that truck and finding out if they were off route, etc…
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SITES
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www.howsmydriving.com/
http://www.howsmydriving.com/drive4life.nsf
~ How’s My Driving … Driver monitoring system for teenagers, seniors, and fleet operators.
~ Report bad and good drivers… Companies want to know! Seniors can drive longer up in years!
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“YOU” can help save lives by turning in “BAD” drivers!
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Call: 800-2-ADVISE or 800-4-SAFETY
or
Call the # on the sticker: How’s My driving?
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PCOS Lady:
I called the 800-2-ADVISE number one night… Learned all about this company… Well worth calling when you see a bad driver or a good driver… The phones are covered 24/7… Reports can be filled out at their website as well…
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Thank you for helping to make roads safer!


Rigs and You
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Bad weather is a mess for almost everyone…

Did you know fog is the worst for a trucker? 

It is!  Ice, snow and rain are close behind fog…

Drive with caution when its bad weather outside! 
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Tailgating with a rig can be a huge repair bill or deadly!
– Trying to ride in the trailer’s draft is tricky!

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YOU KISSED MY TAIL! Following to close, not paying attention, etc....

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Cutting a rig off can be deadly!   Realize we have to floor it, petal to the metal just to get moving from a dead stop… On the flip, there is no way we can stop on a dime! (Just cause you are blocking our path)…
~   Pulling right in front of us coming up on stops…
~   Pulling in front of us as we speed up from a stop sign or light…
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Darting in front of us is a NO NO!
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THE CUT OFF CRUNCH! WHO IS NEXT?

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Merging in to traffic is also a deadly move for you!   We stay to the far right lane unless passing… We stay at out speed!   We are not easing up to let you in!
~   Loads shift… Rigs rollover!

~    This load shift happens alot on ramps from being pushed or traveling to fast…
~   Accidents happen due to slow autos…
~   We can get a ticket for impeding traffic!
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OOPS! LOAD SHIFTED ON YOU OR ANOTHER AUTO! This load shift happens alot on ramps from being pushed or traveling to fast...

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Wide right turns, yes we have to swing to the left then back to the right to make a right hand turn many times… We are driving the far rear axle and tires!
~  Do not try to squeeze past us on the right… WE CAN’T SEE YOU!

~   This happens when you try to pass on the right too…
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SWINGING WIDE FOR THE RIGHT TURN.... The auto is in the wrong!

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* Darting in front of us is a NO NO! *  Yes i’m saying it again…  We can’t stop on a dime!
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Brakes, there are only 10 brakes for 18 wheels!  ~ 8 wheels have no brakes… Add to that they are not disc brakes either!  ~ Feet, i mean many feet are needed for rigs to stop!!!!
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http://www.car-accidents.com/truck-accidents.html

~   Car-Accidents.com … Truck accidents

http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/car_accident_photo.html
~   Car-Accidents.com … 1000’s of true accident pics with stories…

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Ice and snow, please stay way back behind us or way in front of a rig!   True a rig loaded can travel safely down the road… Its when we have to slow up abruptly or we are forced to swerve is when accidents usually happen…
~   No weight in the box it gets more dangerous traveling…
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A GENTLE ROLL OVER... Gotta love the ice and snow for them!

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Bob tailing we are really dangerous!  It is extremely easy to flip over!
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BOB TAIL WITH ALL THE WEIGHT ON THE FRONT WITH MOTOR...

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Suicide attempts… Many of you try it not realizing you are!   A few of you actually succeed on purpose…  The car shows what can happen when you drive directly at a rig!
~   If a rig slowed up in trying to avoid you, most times there would be far more damage done… Law of physics, as in inertia…
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SUICIDE ACCOMPLISHED! '97 Honda Accord, the driver aimed right at the oncoming tractor trailer...

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NOTES
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* * The NJ Labor Board says an employee can not be penalized for not coming in to work when the weather is bad! * *
~    Call your state’s Labor Board and ask…
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Your options are:
~    If not part of emergency type job just stay home…
~    Stay off the roads til they are salted and plowed…
~    Call your job and go in an hour later…
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Do you know:
~     Hospitals will let their nurses, etc… stay over in rooms or send a van to pick them up!
~     Emergency companies will send a van to pic their needed employees up!
~     Your employer will not pay your rental car, nor your insurance increase for the next three years after, nor pay the deductible for insurance to fix your damaged car from an accident trying to get in to work!

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AHHH, SAFE AT HOME WATCHING IT SNOW....

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THE PROUD STALLION…

Get tested to stay a proud stallion! 1 in 6 men will get prostate cancer

It is the #2 killer in men!

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Prostate Cancer
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PCOS Lady
Men i care about YOU! That is why i posted this… Please have anything out of the normal of “you” checked out… Something minor can mean something huge in you!! Don’t take a chance!
~ Your pride is not worth dying over and causing your family years of grief for this!
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Prostate cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in men of all ages. It is rare in men younger than 40.
Realize one in six men in the United States will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, getting a prostate test is no laughing matter…
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Prostate Cancer Symptoms
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When cancer is confined to the prostate gland, prostate cancer symptoms are similar to BPH and prostatitis, and can include:
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~ Strong urge to urinate immediately
~ Difficulty starting the urinary stream
~ A weak urinary stream once it starts
~ Dribbling after you think you’re finished
~ Frequent nighttime urination
~ Pain and/or burning when you urinate
~ Pain in the genital and pelvic area
~ Pain when you ejaculate
~ Frequent urinary tract infections
~ Blood in your urine or semen
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Other prostate cancer symptoms may include:
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~ unexpected weight loss
~ anemia
~ fatigue
~ pain in the lower back or abdomen
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Because prostate cancer symptoms are similar to BPH symptoms and prostatitis symptoms it’s easy for you to assume that you have one disease when you could actually be suffering from something more serious. This is another reason why you should get regular examinations, especially if you are experiencing symptoms.
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SITES
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http://www.prostate.net/2011/prostate-cancer/
~ Prostate Cancer Institute, LLC …
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http://www.prostate.net/prostate-cancer/prostate-cancer-symptoms/
~ Prostate cancer symptoms
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http://www.prostate.net/2011/prostate-cancer/robert-deniro-prostate-cancer/
~ Celebs associated with it!
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http://www.prostate.net/prostatitis/prostatitis-symptoms/
~ Prostatitis symptoms
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http://www.prostate.net/benign-prostatic-hypertrophy-bph/bph-symptoms/
~ BPH symptoms
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http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prostatecancer.html
~ Medline Plus … Prostate Cancer …

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STANLEY DANCER & ALBATROSS …

Stanley, at 78 died of prostate cancer September 8, 2005… He was a legend in Harness Racing… http://exa.gmnews.com/news/2005-09-15/Sports/051.html …. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Dancer …. I worked for him at Egyptian Acres for years…