Wednesday, April 30, 2014

WW: Help For Trucks

Photo taken near Chattanooga, Tennessee




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Curious as a Cathy

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  1. Although, I have traveled to Chattanooga several times I am not familiar where this is. DH may know, since he worked in Chattanooga for 10-years, making the trip daily. Yep, that's a long drive. But, sometimes you have to do what you have to earn a living. Along I-77 headed toward Bluefield, WV there is one of these run-away truck ramps. I always wonder how often a trucker might have to use it in an emergency. Has Bill ever had to use one? Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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    1. There were a few of them. It was on our way to Atlanta. It is a very dangerous atea for truckers because of the steep grades and sharp curves.

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  2. I've been there, pretty sure. When our son attended Covenant College at Lookout Mountain, we would see a few of these as we traveled there. Just the thought of a trucker having to use them seemed very scary to me.

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    1. Bill has not had to use them, though I have seen other truckers use them. It is a scary concept, but a necessity for truckers to have the option.

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  3. I remember when my ex and I were moving from Halifax, NS to this city in Ontario, we made a few trips back and forth and drove through the States. Freaked me out to see those runaway ramps, but obviously it's important to have them.

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    1. It really is important. If 80,000 lbs. gets away from you, you need to get control back safely.

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    1. It is kind of interesting. Thanks, Karen.

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  5. I've seen a lot of those in Colorado...I an only imagine the fear an 18 wheeler driver would feel flying down a steep grade with no brakes..terrifying!

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    1. In 1981 Bill drove through the Rockies in an old Ford van that had no actual brakes. He used the emergency brake. We were newlyweds, and fearless.

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  6. glad they have it if they need it.

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  7. My hat is off to all of the drivers!

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  8. It makes sense to me to have them just in case they're needed.
    It's like a bit of insurance for the truck drivers.
    Hugs,
    JB

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    1. Exactly, Julia. That is an excellent way to look at it.

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  9. I have heard stories about those ramps - scary but life savers. Hope Bill never needs to use one!

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    1. Thanks, Cat Guy. You are right, they are scary but life savers.

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    1. The thought is scary, but the principal does work...thank goodness.

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  11. Yes indeed very important. We have seen some impressive accidents over the years during our travels.

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    1. Yes, you don't forget those accidents. Especially the ones involving rigs.

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  12. I got to see two of them when I had to take an alternate route to Charlotte a few summers ago. Great they are there!

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  13. I have probably passed that very ramp many times on my way to Florida when my parents were still alive. I have never seen one put to use, though I did see one trucker who I though should use it ... he was clearly out of control or crazy. Anyway, I am glad they are there ... driving those mountains in a truck, on a rainy or foggy morning ... you couldn't pay me to do it. I admire Bill for having the courage.

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. I have seen truckers use them. It is pretty scary when you put into perspective what is going on! Thank heavens they have the option.

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  14. oh wow - for real? that is ... well, I suppose if you needed it, a great thing. but let's hope Bill doesn't ever need to use it!

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    1. I agree with you there. I was amazed when I saw one used.

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  15. That does look scary, but i'm glad it's there if needed.

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  16. I've seen these ramps before in our area and I've often wondered how often trucks have to use them but I bet they are glad they are there when they do need them.

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    1. Exactly, Ida. I think a lot of people don't even notice them, until they get used.

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  17. I remember seeing these when I was a child in California. In my young mind, I wondered how far and high the truck would jump if it did not slow down enough by the time it reached the top. :)

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    1. I can see that. It is hard to imagine them actually being used. Seeing it done puts it all into perspective.

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  18. I saw a bunch of those when driving through Arizona a few years ago. Delaware doesn't have any mountains, so I was intrigued.

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    1. I was too, when I first saw once. I especially was when I saw one used!

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  19. This is cool, never seen one like this.

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    1. Thanks, Linda. It is an interesting idea, I think. I am glad you thought so, too.

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  20. It's been a long time since I've been in that area but I do remember those. We also see lots of them here on the West Coast too. Only once have I seen one in use. The truck was already stopped when we drove by.

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    1. Unfortunately, some truckers use them to stop and rest. However, it isn't a good idea to block them, in case a trucker has to use them.

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    2. I agree, it is very dangerous. The one we saw was near the top of the ramp and there was still some dust in the air. He had used it for an emergency stop.

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  21. That means that they have no brakes right? Oh, no! Not good to have a truck that doesn't have any brakes! : )

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    1. No, Joseph. Sometimes the truck picks up too much momentum, especially when going downhill. It can be hard to get a loaded truck to slow down like that! The ramps are an uphill slope, taking away the momentum and speed.

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  22. It is scary to think of having to use one of these ramps but great that they are there if needed.

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    1. They don't get used too often, except on notoriously steep roads, Most truckers avoid those roads, and some are restricted.

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  23. the site of that scares me

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  24. It always make me feel safer when I see one of these!

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    1. It does me, too, for both the trucker and other motorists.

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  25. I am unfamiliar how they used it, but it sure helps:)

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    1. Hi, Joy. A truck can pick up too much momentum, especially when going downhill. It can be hard to get a loaded truck to slow down like that. The ramps are an uphill slope, which takes the momentum away and slows down the truck.

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