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Re: An Adult Should Really Know This - Silly Things You've Had to Tell People
« Reply #1665 on: January 03, 2014, 11:05:55 PM »
slightly OT but slightly related to the trucks stuck under an overpass:

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« Reply #1666 on: January 04, 2014, 01:04:46 AM »
We had a covered drive in front of our church with the height clearly posted and a large sign posted, "No trucks". Each year we had at least one company paying to rebuild the covering.  Everytime the driver commented, "It looked higher than that".

When we built an addition the drop off was redesigned so that there was no reason for any truck to drive under it. Hahahahah! It's only been rebuilt twice this year.

My brother-in-law drives a long-haul truck and has never done this once. I know it's possible.

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« Reply #1667 on: January 04, 2014, 07:32:52 AM »
We had a covered drive in front of our church with the height clearly posted and a large sign posted, "No trucks". Each year we had at least one company paying to rebuild the covering.  Everytime the driver commented, "It looked higher than that".

When we built an addition the drop off was redesigned so that there was no reason for any truck to drive under it. Hahahahah! It's only been rebuilt twice this year.

My brother-in-law drives a long-haul truck and has never done this once. I know it's possible.

My oldest Uncle used to be a trucker and he likes to tell the story of a twit who was given specific, very lengthy driving instructions for a particular city. I cannot recall which one - Chicago maybe? It has lots of underpasses they had to go around. Twit decided that he knew better than the other drivers, he could use a much shorter route! Yeah, he got very stuck in one of those underpasses and had to get help. :P
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« Reply #1668 on: January 04, 2014, 08:38:17 AM »
We had a covered drive in front of our church with the height clearly posted and a large sign posted, "No trucks". Each year we had at least one company paying to rebuild the covering.  Everytime the driver commented, "It looked higher than that".

When we built an addition the drop off was redesigned so that there was no reason for any truck to drive under it. Hahahahah! It's only been rebuilt twice this year.

My brother-in-law drives a long-haul truck and has never done this once. I know it's possible.

My oldest Uncle used to be a trucker and he likes to tell the story of a twit who was given specific, very lengthy driving instructions for a particular city. I cannot recall which one - Chicago maybe? It has lots of underpasses they had to go around. Twit decided that he knew better than the other drivers, he could use a much shorter route! Yeah, he got very stuck in one of those underpasses and had to get help. :P

This probably belongs int the stupid question thread...

What happens if you are driving a truck and you come upon an overpass or other blockage you cannot drive under/through?  You can't exactly back up on the highway, so how would one go about getting passed the obstruction?
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« Reply #1669 on: January 04, 2014, 10:15:54 AM »
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What happens if you are driving a truck and you come upon an overpass or other blockage you cannot drive under/through?  You can't exactly back up on the highway, so how would one go about getting passed the obstruction?

I can't speak for every situation, but a few months ago there was a traffic alert put out about a truck with an unusual load. Whoever calculated the route had made some serious mistakes. The Highway Patrol was called and they blocked the freeway so the truck could turn around (which apparently took a lot of maneuvering) and then escorted the truck the wrong way on the highway until they came to a ramp to exit, and then on a circuitous route via surface streets (not freeway) to get around some additional obstructions. I saw them cruising by; it was quite a show.

I believe there are provisions whereby the trucking company could be billed for the cost.

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« Reply #1670 on: January 04, 2014, 10:29:25 AM »


This probably belongs int the stupid question thread...

What happens if you are driving a truck and you come upon an overpass or other blockage you cannot drive under/through?  You can't exactly back up on the highway, so how would one go about getting passed the obstruction?
I don't know what they used to do...but I am told that there are now trucker GPSes that provide them with information like this. Put in the size of your truck, and the device calculates a safe route for you.
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« Reply #1671 on: January 04, 2014, 11:28:40 AM »
I haven't seen a truck jackknifing - I did wave one over because the "orange rag" in a rear wheel got more brightly colored in shadow instead of darker in the shade.  The "rag" was flame....he got out, looked at me, looked at the wheel I was pointing at, and ran back to the cab (to get a fire extinguisher, I've seen them strapped by the door).  I was on my way to work & had no fire extinguisher - I kept going.
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« Reply #1672 on: January 04, 2014, 11:38:17 AM »
We had a covered drive in front of our church with the height clearly posted and a large sign posted, "No trucks". Each year we had at least one company paying to rebuild the covering.  Everytime the driver commented, "It looked higher than that".

When we built an addition the drop off was redesigned so that there was no reason for any truck to drive under it. Hahahahah! It's only been rebuilt twice this year.

My brother-in-law drives a long-haul truck and has never done this once. I know it's possible.

My oldest Uncle used to be a trucker and he likes to tell the story of a twit who was given specific, very lengthy driving instructions for a particular city. I cannot recall which one - Chicago maybe? It has lots of underpasses they had to go around. Twit decided that he knew better than the other drivers, he could use a much shorter route! Yeah, he got very stuck in one of those underpasses and had to get help. :P


Dad had a driver he about wanted to strangle or at least slap upside the head with a clue by 4. It was near Christmas and for some reason this driver had to go up to Dallas/FW (there's a Miller Brewery there) to get a special order (normally things were shipped by rail - there was a siding that went right into the warehouse.  Well he gets up there and a winter storm come barreling down. Dad tells him to park the truck at appropriate place, and get a hotel room. As soon as the airports reopen he will send boss's heliocopter or plane to get driver home for Christmas. Then they will send someone back for the truck after roads thaw.


Driver thinks that if he drives back to Houston, that will earn him brownie points with the boss for not having to send a for him. He jackknifed and lost the load, truck was totaled and driver injured. The press is never nice about a beer truck having an accident - especially when there are orders from the DPS to stay off the roads.


As far as underpasses and bridges. Dad's trucks had specific routes they were to take. Most of their trucks had no problem going under most standard underpasses. There are weight limits for bridges, and some residental streets also have weight limits. For an oversized loads I would assume they have to clear the route with the proper authorities. Often I see them having escorts in some areas.


I know there are also certain roads trucks with hazardous materials must stick to.
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« Reply #1673 on: January 04, 2014, 03:45:33 PM »
On the motorway through Auckland there is a notorious low over-bridge.  From a  couple  of exits back there are large flashing signs in the appropriate lanes, which  tell you you, that you are over-height and take the next exit and follow the signs.  Still every so often a lorry will ignore the warnings and hit the over-bridge.  Worst case was a load of onions, that left everybody in tears.

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« Reply #1674 on: January 04, 2014, 03:51:19 PM »
There used to be short links of chain hanging from posts in front of all the overpasses when I lived when I was a child, that would hit the top of your truck if it was too tall to go under the bridge. It occurs to me that I haven't seen any for years. Maybe we should bring them back? ???
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« Reply #1675 on: January 04, 2014, 05:21:07 PM »
On the motorway through Auckland there is a notorious low over-bridge.  From a  couple  of exits back there are large flashing signs in the appropriate lanes, which  tell you you, that you are over-height and take the next exit and follow the signs.  Still every so often a lorry will ignore the warnings and hit the over-bridge.  Worst case was a load of onions, that left everybody in tears.

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« Reply #1676 on: January 04, 2014, 06:14:44 PM »
Mel, lots of places still have the chain/sign warning system - they usually look very battered though!

I remember when I lived in Brisbane, a nearby suburb had a railway overpass with a height limit of 1.8m - for you non-metric folk, think around 6 feet.  We used to call it  Scary Bridge - as in dare you not to duck as we drive through, it's scary!

My current vehicle wouldn't make it under - it's just under 2.1m high.

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« Reply #1677 on: January 04, 2014, 07:12:21 PM »
slightly OT but slightly related to the trucks stuck under an overpass:

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I used to have to go under that bridge to go to work when I lived in Durham. One time on the way home, I got stuck in traffic behind a truck that got stuck.

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« Reply #1678 on: January 04, 2014, 07:18:57 PM »
If you wanted to take your 8 year old daughter to the movies, which movie out of these would you choose?

A) Saving Mr. Banks
B) The new Hobbit movie
C) The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
D) The Wolf of Wall Street

Got your answers? Okay. The correct answer was...D. Yes, a dad took his 8 year old daughter to see The Wolf of Wall Street, then came out 30 minutes later, very upset that it wasn't a family movie. Uh, sir, that movie is rated R, and is longer than the Hobbit movie. What on earth possessed you to think that it was at all appropriate??

To clarify: I do not have a problem with parents taking their kids to see more adult movies. However, I highly doubt any 8 year old girl would want to see a movie that has way more scrabbling than The Godfather movies, copious drug use, and is about a criminal who scammed a whole bunch of people out of their life savings.

When Howard Stern's movie, Private Parts, was in the theater DH and I went to see it. A few minutes before the lights went down a lady and 3 or 4 kids, aged probably 8ish to young teen, walked in and found seats near the front. DH and I exchanged looks. About 15 minutes in they got up and left. Someone yelled "What the hell did you think you were going to see, lady?"

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« Reply #1679 on: January 04, 2014, 07:51:42 PM »
Yesterday was the first day the library was open after the holiday break, so I spent the morning catching up on student queries sent via our online reference system. One read "I found a book in the catalogue that is listed as "3-hour reserve loan". How long can I check it out for?"

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