From two lanes roads to high speed interstates seeing what is around the corner can cause panic.

I don’t talk to many truck drivers anymore that have their CB on and many I talk to do not have a CB in their truck.  On our next truck we will join the many that do not have a CB and in reality, as little as we have used it in the past ten years we can use that space for something a lot more helpful.  Are there times when we will wish we had it “yes” but not often enough to keep it around.

Not so many years ago there was always a “Smokey Report” or someone talking about a “Bear in Air” or a “bear at mile marker so and so taking pictures”.  Driving at or below the speed limit has taken care of the need to know where a bear is located.

Watch out the windshield for signs of stopped or stopping traffic takes care of the need of someone going the other way telling me what is going on down the road.  When approaching a curve or blind spot and you notice the vehicles ahead of you touching their brakes that is often a good indication there is something going on ahead of you.  Pay attention as it could be slowed traffic, stopped traffic, or only vehicles slowing down as they go down a grade.

Kind of funny thinking about how many consider the CB as a must have in their truck as an aid but yet argue with people who use lane departure, collision mitigation, or other aids as a waste of money and not needed.  I have found having all of our safety packages we use on the truck to be very beneficial to help us become better and safer drivers then a CB ever helped us.

On back roads or two-lane roads paying attention to what is ahead is a must.  Coming around the corner on back road in Kentucky I found a horse and buggy in my lane, no problem for me as I slowed down and when safe passed the horse and buggy.  We are from a rural area of SW Kansas and the importance of driving to keep others safe would often hit home as the person on the slow-moving vehicle could be our family or our neighbor.

We pay attention out the fantastic office window of our Freightliner Cascadia to everything around us to keep everyone safe.

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Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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