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Information is a good thing. It is a better thing when we can prioritize it properly. I counted up all of the working gauges on my truck. I have close to 20 gauges giving me good information. Add to that my CB Radio, my stereo and my collision mitigation system and whatnot and I come close to 40 different information transmitters and controls on my truck. My collision mitigation system can tell me how far the vehicle is in front of me and how fast it is going.


It is good to have all of this information. Plus my dash board looks great. That said. It is better to see what is going on around you via those old fashioned devices known as windshields and mirrors. We need to return to fundamentals made better with technology.


All this “stuff” is great. The most important information that you receive is through your windshield and mirrors. Your collision mitigation system monitor can tell you how far the vehicle in front of you is away. It also tells you how fast it is going. Our eyes have been giving us that information for years. Keep you head and eyes up. The collision mitigation sees in front of you. It does not use the mirrors. The professional driver had to know what is on either side. We have to know what is coming behind us. We have learned to anticipate. The better the driver is, the less the collision mitigation system comes into play.


Too many drivers look at their GPS system to see what is within eyesight. There is a trucking company in Green Bay that has an issue with outside carriers going to the address instead of the truck gate. The address is correct unfortunately it is an employee entrance and a place to park cars in front. The truck gate is clearly visible. Yet, too often a trucker will be looking down at the GPS and not see the truck gate. Not far past the front of the building is a residential area. They don't allow trucks in there. That puts the trucker between a rock and a hard spot. They either have to turn around in a neighboring lot or risk a ticket. The neighbor is not too thrilled about it either.


All that and I have not mentioned the biggest eye distraction of all – the cell phone. Come on drivers, let's be careful out there – and look out your window.

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Jeff Clark

Jeff Clark of Kewaunee, WI has been driving a truck for 24 years. He has been an owner operator for 11 years.

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Thanks, and that is so true.

July 15, 2015 13:06:55 PM

Back To Basics... Good Advice... Seems like we are all hovering in a cloud of sensory overload these days.

July 14, 2015 19:19:57 PM