Road Safety: Now that spring is just around the corner and the weather is getting warmer, out thoughts start lingering more and more on getting our RV's out and enjoying them again. As a professional truck driver I have a request that I would like to pass on to both the new hands and the old timers out there BE SAFE! I know most of us have older rigs and we have to baby them a bit. If you are not able to maintain the flow of traffic, PLEASE get in the right lane. Most states have truck restrictions and when we run up on someone in the second or middle lane going 65 in a 70 mph zone it makes it real hard on us to pass you. We can not just jump into the far left lane and pass you there like the cars do. For us it is a min. $250 fine. I know I can hear some of you say just jump into the right lane then, this is even worse since we have usually lost our momentum, so it will take us awhile to build it back and not only do we then have to deal with people entering the highway but 99.9% of the time you are not expecting something huge coming up on your off side and we really don't want to scare you and cause you to jerk your wheel, that is real bad. It is a whole lot safer and quicker if when you see one of us who is NOT on vacation and trying to make a living coming up behind you if you will just be nice and move over to the right, we will be past you before you know it and you may have prevented some poor trucker from having high blood pressure.
Please do your pre-trip inspections and make sure all your lights work. Just because they were all working last fall doesn't mean they will work next week. Improper tire inflation will cause the tires to overheat and blow, causing not only a ruined tire but also body damage to your vehicle and a safety hazard to those around you. Speaking of tires blowing that is why truck drivers HATE when someone rides right beside or just behind the trailer tandems, if one of those recaped tires blow, you could lose your head literally. I have seen a recap go through a windshield and it killed the woman riding in the car.
Sorry if I sound like I am preaching, but I really just want us to be able to share the road and both of us get to our destinations safely.