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Ways Truckers Make A Difference On The Road

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Truckers don’t just move freight from point A to point B like some sort of automated delivery system. Over the years they have created a robust network of unwritten rules and codes to help one another out as they tackle the roadways. These have evolved out of necessity; most motorists don’t understand how to maneuver around trucks and pin truckers with a negative stigma. One example of truckers using their network to help out was to stop a drunk driver speeding through traffic. Some other simple ways truckers help each other and motorists out are as follows:

  1. Dimming your lights when passing at night – It can be blinding having your fog lights and headlights blaring as you cross the two hundred foot mark. Most truckers will follow up with a tap of the break lights so signify, “Thank you.”
  2. Turning off your headlights at a truck stop – Truckers have to sleep and nobody wants to have high-powered LED headlights beamed into their bunk during all hours of the night.  Also, at no hours of the day should you use your jake brake at a truck stop. Many drivers have to sleep during the day so be respectful.
  3. Be speedy in fuel lines regardless of your schedule – Just because you have time to lollygag doesn’t mean everyone else does. Its a time sensitive industry, be mindful of your peers.
  4. Don’t have your fog/flood lights on when around other vehicles – These lights are especially powerful and can blind motorists at night.

In addition to the unwritten rules of the road, there is tons of slang phrases for frequently encountered situations and objects. You are most likely to hear these get thrown around in radio conversations and on internet forums specifically for truck drivers. Some of the most popular ones are, bears – police officers; backslide – refers to a return trip; chicken lights – excess lights covering a truck; hammer lane – left lane aka fast lane; what’s your 20? – asking someones location. There are plenty of others and as with all the slang, it changes as the generations pass. The newest social networks have become very popular among truckers. Instead of CB radios, many truckers are using Skype, Twitter and Facebook to stay in touch with others. It broadens your communication range and can put you in contact with potential business partners you otherwise would have never run into. Truckers are ever resourceful and will keep looking for ways to improve life on the road for themselves and their families.

Posted on Monday, November 26th, 2012 at 2:21 pm.

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Raney's Inc originated from Raney's Truck Center, one of the most reputable Heavy Duty Truck Parts and Service companies in central Florida. As a bricks and mortars store since 1986, Raney's Truck Center decided to venture into the online world of sales. A team of new people were put together and Raney's Truck Center rapidly began to change.

Within one year Raney's Truck Center had developed a strong online presence through its first ecommerce website and saw the opportunity for much more growth. Within the second year this division became its own separate company, Raney's Inc, and took what they had learned from the traditional business model of the truck center and combined it with a new age mentality. Raney's Inc is built to provide an excellent experience for all customers and employees equally in and out of work. Connecting with and helping truckers across the world is not just a job at Raney's, it is our mission. This is enforced and demonstrated through our strong company culture within our team and the strong relationships we share with our customers.

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