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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
It really is important. If 80,000 lbs. gets away from you, you need to get control back safely.
Now that's a different one!
It is kind of interesting. Thanks, Karen.
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!
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.
glad they have it if they need it.
I am, too. You can't be too careful.
My hat is off to all of the drivers!
Thank you, Beth.
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
Exactly, Julia. That is an excellent way to look at it.
I have heard stories about those ramps - scary but life savers. Hope Bill never needs to use one!
Thanks, Cat Guy. You are right, they are scary but life savers.
The thought is scary, but the principal does work...thank goodness.
Yes indeed very important. We have seen some impressive accidents over the years during our travels.
Yes, you don't forget those accidents. Especially the ones involving rigs.
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!
Thanks, Katie & Mom. I am glad, too.
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
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.
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!
I agree with you there. I was amazed when I saw one used.
That does look scary, but i'm glad it's there if needed.
I couldn't agree more, Mimi.
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.
Exactly, Ida. I think a lot of people don't even notice them, until they get used.
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. :)
I can see that. It is hard to imagine them actually being used. Seeing it done puts it all into perspective.
I saw a bunch of those when driving through Arizona a few years ago. Delaware doesn't have any mountains, so I was intrigued.
I was too, when I first saw once. I especially was when I saw one used!
This is cool, never seen one like this.
Thanks, Linda. It is an interesting idea, I think. I am glad you thought so, too.
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.
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.
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.
That means that they have no brakes right? Oh, no! Not good to have a truck that doesn't have any brakes! : )
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.
It is scary to think of having to use one of these ramps but great that they are there if needed.
They don't get used too often, except on notoriously steep roads, Most truckers avoid those roads, and some are restricted.
the site of that scares me
It is scarier without them, though.
It always make me feel safer when I see one of these!
It does me, too, for both the trucker and other motorists.
I am unfamiliar how they used it, but it sure helps:)
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.