Safely share the road and save a life


Here are some things I would like to share:

I am a truck driver.

I drive almost 600 miles a day, five days a week, 3,000 miles a week, more than most people drive in a month.

I have been driving for more than 20 years.

I have no tickets or accidents; my personal driving record does affect my commercial license. I have and will continue to pass every drug test.

I drive in rain, snow, sleet and hail, and darkness does not stop me; it’s smart to slow down, just don’t be in the left lane with your flashers on doing 30 mph in a 65 to 70 mph zone in a storm.

My truck weights 35,000 to 100,000 pounds. It does not handle even slightly like your vehicle.

My truck is equipped with a black box and radar. The printout is admissible in court.

If someone is driving a U-haul or Penske, he or she is not a truck driver.

I do have to pass a test, take part in continuous education and carry a special license, especially for multiple trailers.

If people think they must speed to pass me, then please continue after you have cut me off. Three out of 10 drivers when they get in front of a truck unconsciously slow down.

Six out of 10 drivers do not ensure a safe passing distance. I will always try to do so, although people shouldn’t speed up after I have passed them.

That half -second people save to get around me only to slam on the brakes so they can get off of the exit or get in front of me in a construction zone isn’t worth a life.

My truck is governed to a certain speed. If people are going slow enough for me to make it almost pass them before they put down their smartphone or come out of their haze, they should please let me pass unless they really are going to stay at speed.

I do not feel their guilt when I see a cop shooting radar or has stopped someone. The officer has already clocked them or is too busy to worry about them, so no need to slam on their brakes.

Hands-free devices are not expensive. People can spend $5 to $20. It is the law. Texting kills. Eight out of 10 people who are playing with their phones equals eight out of 10 people who are not paying attention to their driving or other drivers around them.

Drivers should move over for the emergency or service vehicles on either shoulder, and allow me room to do so.

If a driver is tired, upset or drinking and driving erratically, I will not hesitate to call the police on you.

We can share the road although all of us have to be willing to do so. I’ll do everything I can to make our roads safer and would greatly appreciate a little effort from others.

Timothy Cobb