That truck driver you flipped off? Let me tell you his story. | StarTribune.com

Link: That truck driver you flipped off? Let me tell you his story. | StarTribune.com

A very nice piece that explains very well why you people should really breathe and calm down on the road when a truck dares slowing you down for a few seconds.

Let me tell you a little about the truck driver you just flipped off because he was passing another truck, and you had to cancel the cruise control and slow down until he completed the pass and moved back over.

His truck is governed to 68 miles an hour, because the company he leases it from believes it keeps him and the public and the equipment safer.

The truck he passed was probably running under 65 mph to conserve fuel. You see, the best these trucks do for fuel economy is about 8 miles per gallon. With fuel at almost $4 per gallon — well, you do the math. And, yes, that driver pays for his own fuel.

He needs to be 1,014 miles from where he loaded in two days. And he can’t fudge his federally mandated driver log, because he no longer does it on paper; he is logged electronically.

http://www.startribune.com/opinion/otherviews/126619568.html

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Author: David Cantatore

International polymorph geek.