This may ramble. At this point I’m so shook up I don’t know if I should shit or go blind, but I want to write this while it’s fresh in my mind, and right now I don’t belong behind the wheel.
20 minutes ago I was going north on HWY 83 in Kansas. I was all alone, no one in front of, or behind me. This part of Kansas is very desolate, with not much traffic, which is why I love it. It’s a road I’m very familiar with, as I have traveled it for years now.
I was heading north bound on HWY 83 just south of Oakley Kansas. The road is beautiful, and I was enjoy the rolling hills and vast prairie that is always beautifully laid out before me. I was listening to the tunes, singing away, watching the road and blue sky, thinking about the roast I’m going to cook, and what I could accomplish tomorrow when I get home….
I start to go up a hill and Rosie starts to slow down a bit. I see a Kenworth cresting the hill ahead of me. He’s going south, I’m going north. No big deal. I notice he’s pulling a tanker, still no big deal.
All of a sudden, a blue car juts out from behind the tanker. The car starts to pass him. I’m thinking to myself, he’ll jump back in behind the tanker, but he doesn’t. Then I’m thinking to myself someone is going to die. We are on two lane road. Again, I will say the tanker is going southbound, and I’m going northbound. We are on a two lane road. The tanker has crested the hill, I’m about 3/4 of the way up.
I hold my lane. There is a shoulder, but I hold my lane. He’s coming head-on at me, along side the tanker. I hold my lane and hang on. The tanker swerves. The guy in the car passes me on MY shoulder. Again, I’m going north, he’s going south. There are 3 of us on a road built for 2. He passes me on my right side, on the shoulder. The guy in the car takes off like a bat out of hell. Luckily, he’s alive.
This event could have had many different outcomes. Many of which flashed through my mind as this was happening.
- I could have hit the car head on, seriously hurting myself, totaling my truck, and most likely killing the guy in the car. Even though I did nothing wrong but be in the wrong place at the wrong time, I would have to live with this the rest of my life.
- The tanker, because he swerved to avoid the car, could have rolled his truck and been seriously injured. If he was empty there is a good chance the tanker could have exploded. If he was loaded, there would have been one hell of a mess to clean up.
- If I would have given up my lane (which I will not) I could have flipped my truck in the ditch.
- There could have been trucks or cars behind me that didn’t know what what happening and been involved.
All because someone is in a fucken hurry.
I could go on but I won’t. The thing is, all of the above events has end results on me and my well being. Right now my legs are numb, I’m shaking, I’m pissed, I could cry, and luckily I have finally gotten over the feeling of having to vomit.
I’ve said this before. I DRIVE FOR BOTH ME AND YOU. I want to explain a few things though. I WILL NOT GIVE UP MY LANE, OR PUT MY VEHICLE IN THE DITCH TO SAVE YOUR LIFE. These days, truck drivers are at fault before anyone even looks to the other person. If I would have hit the shoulder to give this DUMB SON OF A BITCH room, and my steer tire would have went over the edge of the road, I WOULD HAVE BEEN AT FAULT for not having my vehicle under control, AND THE DUMB SON OF A BITCH that caused the accident would have kept driving…
Please people. Drive like your life depends on it. Because it does. Slow down. Have respect. Think about the other person. What you do, does have a direct result on other drivers.
I know everyone thinks because we drive big trucks that weigh 80,000 pounds we are indestructible. I may not get killed as easily as you in your passenger vehicle, but there is still a cost. There are human lives driving these trucks. We have the same feelings as you. We have family we want to go home to. And speaking for myself, I don’t ever want to kill someone. Even if they are in the wrong. I CAN NOT IMAGINE!