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Old 01-19-2004, 12:35 AM   #31
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What do you mean, "edge to the side" ?


Don't you edge toward the oncoming lane to see if there'* any traffic coming before you pass??
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i think he means kinda of looking to see if any cars are coming so u can pass. i think
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Old 01-19-2004, 12:37 AM   #33
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On the freeways I take, there are 2 lanes each way. Sorry, I got confused.
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Old 01-19-2004, 12:44 AM   #34
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On the freeways I take, there are 2 lanes each way. Sorry, I got confused.
Oh, on the freeway, that'* right...

But, same thing. But here we're used to the wind (that constantly freaking blows!!!)...and get by the trucks quickly. The VP of the company I work at was heading out to California for a BMW Bike meet, and about 5 miles west of here, on a particularly windy day, he watched a semi flip over when a gust caught the trailer. That'* alot of square footage on the side of those trucks, like Jason mentioned earlier. And, no, no matter how much you prepare yourself for it, your truck is moved over a half a lane (if you're really good) before you can correct it. You can't see the wind coming.

The superintendents that pull job trailers to job sites contend with this all the time. Though we haven't had one flip yet, the wind can be mean. Even just a 35 mph gust can seriously toss you around...The gust that flipped the semi was about a 50 mph gust, which we see all the time...
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I got to disagree with that pic, because 90% or more of the trucks i see have a window down low on the passenger side door, so they can see cars right next to them. Aren't some upscale trucks coming out now with cameras and computer screens?
Not all of them do. Some of the big major companies have the mirrors on there. Even though they are there, WE still can't take for grantite that we can see you there. You try driving a truck and tell me how many blind spots you see. Matter of fact, tell me if you get the same RESPECT as if you were driving your car. When you do, let me know how you felt. I have been driving for 4 years now and still, I would say only 5% of the ppl out there are actually nioce enough to give me a break. The rest I have to cut off because if I don't I would miss an exit or anything. (Lost train of thought because my grandmother asking 1000 '*)
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I'm sure the new ones are. It'* only the smart thing to do. We have to pass in those areas at some point, and if it'* so dangerous, they have to do something about it.

Good point. THats the thing in riding in the NO ZONE. If you want to pass, PASS,! Just don't hang on the side of the trailer. Little that ppl know, the trailer doesn't follow the tractor anyway. I don't understand why some ppl geet comfortable riding on my side or so close to my butt behind me. When I want to make a right turn I have to fight for that so when I swing wide I dont have a car come flying on my right side then I turn and catch him.
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I get nervous being too close to the truckers. I was always taught to flash your lights and let them know it is okay for them to get back into your lane safely and I always liked when they would tap their brakes to say "thanks" but you don't get that too much anymore these days. My only thought is that there is NO way of winning a fight with a semi! If I am on the highway I will fall in behind the trucks and cruise with them cuz they know where the lawdogs are.
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Most of the trucks around here keep to the posted speed limit. It'* uncommon to find one going 70 or more. Most go around 65, so eventually, you will have to pass them.
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Last time I got cut off by an idiot trucker who was doing it deliberately, he apparently forgot that he had his company phone number on his mudflaps. So while I'm driving, my wife in the passenger'* seat is having a fascinating, toll-free cellphone conversation with the idiot'* dispatcher... e.g. "Yes, it'* trailer #(whatever)... Whoops, now he'* giving the finger to somebody in another car..." etc. From what she heard, it didn't sound like he was going to be doing much more driving for that company.

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My bad I believe you are right.... It was the later years with the 403... I remember my father had a 78 TA.... Loved it... Too bad it wasn't black... Does that car say 6.6 Litre on the hood shaker??
"T/A 6.6" = Pontiac engine
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Either was available on the '78 TransAm, IIRC.

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