Driving trucks back

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Here we go! Off to take the trucks back to their "home base"

Up AGAIN, bright and early (okay, I slept in until 8:00 a.m. today) to get ready and take 3 trucks back.  I drove the truck sitting in Medina.  Mom was to take me that far.  Dad and Dan were heading straight for New Castle, PA.  On our way out of town, Dad got a fire call (he kind of has to go – he’s the chief).  So our departure was delayed a few hours.  Mom took me to Medina and I followed her in her Camry to New Castle.  I had to stop and get gas on the way.  Driving a large truck and having to get gas at an auto-gas (as opposed to a truck stop) has taught me many things:

  1. I will not ride them too closely behind trucks (they really CAN’T see you in their mirrors – if you ride too close, you don’t exist to them because they can’t see you.
    Rollin' rollin' rollin'...
  2. I will pass them quickly.  While mirrors help, people who rode right beside me and stayed there were hard to see.  I appreciated the people who passed quickly (I’m not advocating going 20mph over the speed limit, just don’t dawdle.)
  3. I will start up quickly at lights when a truck is behind me.  It takes a while to get that big truck moving and when the driver in front of me is busy searching the back seat for something as the light turns green, it creates quite a back-up that I really can’t help.  I will also be more understanding of trucks moving slowly after stopping at a light.
  4. I will not turn in front of trucks.  Trucks cannot stop that big thing on a dime, ESPECIALLY when loaded.
  5. I will turn on my turn signals and give plenty of warning when stopping to turn.
    Firemen at work.
      Cars in front of me that made last minute stopping decisions were a cause for stress.  I didn’t follow closely but again, stopping isn’t an easy task in that big thing.
  6. People look at you funny.  Well, maybe that was just me.  I guess I’m not your stereotypical truck driver, huh? Ha ha.

Anyway – off we went and made it to New Castle with no problems.  We ate at Ruby Tuesdays.  I originally wanted to eat at The Barn that we ate at on last year’s trip, but we were a bit too late.  I’ll go over there some random Saturday.  There’s a lot of interesting sights I’d like to see and don’t get the chance to during fireworks season.

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Here we go! Off to take the trucks…
Here we go! Off to take the truck…
Rollin rollin rollin...
Rollin' rollin' rollin'...
Firemen at work.
Firemen at work.
Firemen on a high catwalk - glad i…
Firemen on a high catwalk - glad …
A firecall that delayed us
A firecall that delayed us
New Castle
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