Shar­ing the road with heavy equip­ment

The Drumheller Mail - - AGSAFE FAMILY - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

A com­mon com­plaint amongst high­way driv­ers al­ways seems to be get­ting stuck be­hind a large semi truck or farm ma­chin­ery.

The de­lays lead to be­ing late for that im­por­tant meet­ing or a buildup of frus­tra­tion be­cause they are not mov­ing at a pace they see fit and the rules of the road be­come squan­dered be­hind the red coloured glasses of road rage.

The Drumheller Mail spoke with Staff Sergeant Kevin Charles of the RCMP and Moon Heavy Haul­ing owner Bob David­son on some im­por­tant tips and sto­ries when shar­ing the road. The Al­berta Gov­ern­ment ad­vises that mo­torists should stop and wait for the driver with a heavy load if they deem the road im­pass­able.

“Farm­ing is an im­por­tant in­dus­try and with our ru­ral ar­eas there is a lot of trans­porta­tion and move­ment of these farm­ing in­stru­ments and we have to be pa­tient and un­der­stand­ing and give them lots of room be­cause these are large ve­hi­cles,” said Charles. “Don’t be in a rush to pass, make sure you pull over to the shoul­der if it’s on-com­ing and give them lots of room.”

David­son has seen first hand the ex­treme level of mal­prac­tice on the road dur­ing his 40+ year, truck­ing ca­reer in­clud­ing cases right in Drumheller.

“I was bring­ing a wide load in one day from Cal­gary; a beau­ti­ful day, just got in to Drumheller where I take up two lanes com­ing past the Western Chev go­ing to­wards McDon­alds and there is two lit­tle cars be­hind me,” de­scribed David­son. “As soon as I started mak­ing my turn, they jumped out on my driv­ers side, passed me on the left and both hit the merid­ian that was com­ing up. They both bounced over the merid­ian and I’m think­ing ‘ Oh well they are trav­el­ling to­gether’ and they both drove in to McDon­alds. They couldn’t wait 14 sec­onds for me to make the turn and go.”

David­son ex­plains that it doesn’t par­tic­u­larly mat­ter what kind of large ve­hi­cle or load you have when it comes to im­pa­tient driv­ers.

“You see that stuff all the time, they have to get in front of you,” said David­son. “It doesn’t mat­ter if I am driv­ing my mo­torhome [...] and I’m do­ing 115 km/h they have to go around you. They have to, they can­not sit back there.”

The com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween truck­ers can even be­come prob­lem­atic.

“What’s ag­gra­vat­ing is other truck­ers, I wish they would turn their CB on be­cause they are lis­ten­ing to their mu­sic,” said David­son. “If they turned their CB on I could say ‘Hey, I’m turn­ing in one kilome­ter, just stay be­hind me’ but oh no they got to pass so no com­mu­ni­ca­tion but it’s new Cana­di­ans.”

The vet­eran trucker wants the public to pay at­ten­tion. The flipped car lo­cated by Harper’s Tire that has the “Still Tex­ting and Driv­ing?” sign was put in place by David­son as a key re­minder for those that are at­tached to their de­vices.

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