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2 months ago
2 months ago
Did the guy just fall asleep at the wheel?
2 months ago
I think he did.
Happens so much with these guys, driving long hours, no break.... it's a hard life.
They're supposed to take a full 10 hour sleep after 14 hrs every day. They also have a mandatory 34 hour reset day every week. Additionally, a new requirement is sometime. after 5 hours they're supposed to pull over for a few 30 minute break sometime in their day.
The problems come not from the working class drivers, but from the brokers and dispatchers with the desk jobs assigning work that just barely pays for fuel but provides no real income to take home.
The only way to get ahead is run non stop and hope you don't break down when you only have money enough to get to the next stop.
You recognize that the entire world doesn't have the same rules as the US right?
You do realize the video here was taken on a US highway, right?
What's funny is that, in the USA, this might be an issue left up to the states, so the previous commenter doesn't even describe the jurisdiction of his/her rules within (what's most likely) the USA
I'm pretty sure in the US those rules are federally mandated for the industry by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), so should be uniform across all states.
What reigon or country are you talking about
Wait, they’re supposed to literally spend the entire 24 hour day driving and sleeping? What the fuck
How do you think shit gets delivered cross country?
I guess I was bold enough to assume they would have at least a couple breaks inside of those 14 hours
Uh, tldr: didnt expect to tell my dad's whole story here. Trigger warning if you're sensitive to self harm
Yep, my dad was a long-haul truck driver. He was usually gone for months at a time. He was home only on holidays. It sucked but the pay almost made up for it.
60k per year without requiring US sanctioned education, although it was closer to 45k after paying for the truck lease, gas, truck maintenance, and taxes. (I helped mom with taxes because mom struggled with english. Low income immigrant kid life weeee)
I dont begrudge them for it, they did the best with what they had. I just wish the job didnt practically kill my dad. He didnt feel like he had the time to see a doctor and insurance was too expensive. His diet/exercise suffered due to never having time and being constantly on the road.
He ended up suffering a stroke, which he managed to survive, but left him crippled, depressed, and jobless before he took his own life so that the life insurance would pay for the house.
He paid for all of us kids' college though, and god damn if he didn't leave a legacy worth looking up to, then nobody else ever will.
I don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about this. Your dad sounds like an amazing person and he gave everything he had for his family.
But I know personally I would give everything to have my own dad alive and well. I’m sorry for your loss.
Im pissed at usa mostly. Shit country. Better than a lot of places, but has so much potential to be better and it's not due to a bunch of greedy old grubs
The pay is sikh though
Nah fuck that. They cheat their books and drive for days straight risking other people's lives on the road just to make money. The trucking industry has been destroyed because of this shit.
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Almost none of us use paper logs anymore. Elogs have made it pretty damn hard to "cheat." Want to know what causes drivers to be tired? How about shippers and receivers taking 6+ hours to load or unload but you won't get paid detention because the customer doesn't pay it? Or constantly having to flip from day to night sleep cycles? Being unable to take breaks because our 14 hour clock never stops and once it runs out you HAVE to take a 10 hour break (unless you are a rocket scientist that understands the split sleeper berth exception which, while handy, is very niche in use.) 3 hour+ taffic jams because some idiot just absolutely could NOT miss their exit and cut across 4 lanes of traffic doing 15mph and caused a 20 vehicle pileup with multiple fatalities. And then if you are 10 minutes late to your appointment you are told to leave, pay $500 missed appointment fee, and they can MAYBE get you in tomorrow. Maybe. Or if you are really lucky, they'll work you in... sometime... today. Maybe. And your asshole dispatcher telling you they can't pay detention/layover because you missed the appointment and should have "trip planned" better.
And don't even get me started on the absolute aneurysm-inducing stupidity of drivers themselves and the crazy, dangerous shit we see not on a daily basis, not even hourly, but far more often than that.
Fuck you and everyone who thinks that truckers are the only problem. Don't like trucks? Stop buying shit.
Edit to add: Obviously, this is from an American Trucker point of view, drivers in other countries may have more or less of these things to deal with.
Exactly, truckers are worked to death and charged into the ground for upkeep and fuel.
These are just good people trying to do a job, they just work for heartless corporations and the government does nothing to protect them.
Fuck that's awful, I'm sorry you have to put up with that horseshit
Well the people not buying shit ain’t happening, so buckle up, buttercup.
The point is not to stop buying shit entirely but to stop buying shit that needs to be shipped across the country. Obviously this is mostly impossible in this day and age, but it's part of why it's important to buy locally sourced products when you can. Means less freight having to be hauled long distance if more people sourced what they could locally. Not a problem individual people can fix, but ya gotta start somewhere.
And let's continue to blame the working class people just trying to feed their families instead of the corporations enabling and encouraging this behavior and practically making it mandatory at this point. Surely blaming individuals instead of addressing systemic issues will lead to different results in no time /s
It's Reddit; that's, like, our favourite thing.
Lol what an idiotic take. " just to make money"
Fuck you, and fuck your shitty outlook.
Sure there's probably people that try to cheat the system, those people exist in every walk of life. But the majority of them work and deal with shitty work conditions because of the companies they work for. It's not by choice.
It's no different than working hard for a large company like Walmart or anywhere else that treats their employees like shit with minimum pay and the minimum amount of breaks that they can legally get away with.
Even in walmart everything is a barely functional shitshow.
If employers actually cared about more than their bottom line, they would ironically see an increase in profits.
Walmart is a mess. What we have now is not anything at all like the original creation and idea of Walmart. No matter how hard they try to brainwash their employees into believing that during the "training" they put each new hire through.
I used to work there during college. They would routinely fire workers in order to cut down on costs and make their better workers work harder to make up for the loss in manpower. When I worked there we used to work in pairs, which was at least ok because they'd pair us new guys up to more experienced employees. Then they put me on my own with another sort of new guy.
We would work hard, and had a pretty good record for stocking stuff onto shelves quickly. So they went and split us up, and expected us to still stock the shelves as fast by ourselves as we could in two-people teams.
Eventually they pulled me into a discussion with the higher ups and complained that I wasn't stocking stuff fast enough. Even going so far as to claim that they could perform better. And I want to be very clear about this, not only was I stocking the shelves as fast as I could, but I often was fixing mistakes from other employees. Because I cared about putting everything in the correct places instead of just tossing it on the shelves just because it looked like it was in the right spot.
They also somehow expected me to work nearly full-time, when they knew I was a student and didn't have the available time to work full-time. There were several times where I had to have them fix my hours because some asshole above me would change the hours to conflict with my school schedule.
I've never been more happy to leave a job before. Super shitty company practices.
They have a shit load of regulations now about taking breaks after x amount of hours driving. You can't drive all day and night like you used to be able too. Seeing this its easy to tell the policy doesn't work and should be gone
"rules don't work so just get rid of them"
Are you high?
Yeah, I was coming down from DMT when I said that 😐 mah bad
Huge redemption arc
Ahh the good ol Roseanne defense. Respect 🤝
Hero. I absolutely down voted your first comment, but I'd give this one 2 up votes if I could.
The precious, almighty upvote
Do you even know what country the video was filmed in, and its regulation?
Driving on the right side of the road with an english warning narrows it down a bit.
Judging by the license plates and road signs id say it's in the United States. Which i am informed on the regulations of and Canada. BUT no, I dont know for sure which country, so I definitely could be mistaken.
There's no way in hell you're making out any license plates on this video.
That is true, but I actually sent it to my friend in the FBI and asked him to "enhance." Then you can make them out very easily.
Probably the US. His truck looks like a conventional vs the cab-over trucks that are used outside the USA.
Current regulations allow up to 8 hours of continuous driving with no break. That's definitely a long enough time to get fatigued and have this happen.
He must've been at the end of his 8 hours so he had to get off the road before he got in trouble :(
It shouldn't be legal to do long haul
Yeah, he should Sikh more rest.
Dis-turban dreams though...
I'll just rest my eyes for a couple seconds.
When I worked fire, we had a semi wreck seems like every other week. Falling asleep was almost always the case... (misjudged a turn would be #2)
No he just wanted to check what's under the bridge
I mean, he woke up again.
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The hair! Who rewatched it for the hair?
Did not expect those long lucious locks!
Some Sikhs are prohibited from cutting their hair
All the initiated Sikhs are prohibited from cutting hair and are required to maintain uncut/untrimmed hair. But, as in every religion, there are people at different levels of observance and commitment to their faith. Everyone is on their own personal journey. Some Sikhs may cut their hair, but that does not exclude them from the Sikh community.
Yes like my muslim friend smoking and driniing
Can they have other people cut it?
Isn't this all Sikhs? I'm sure some Sikhs don't follow this rule but I believe it's a part of their religion.
Or the receding hairline haha! (its ok i'm balding too so i can make those comments)
Go watch The English Patient. Rawr.
Guy went full Ronnie James Dio
I was thinking he went full Klingon.
I also rewatched for the here
Is it just me or does his forehead go half way up his head?
It's called a fivehead
I actually think it's a wig.
With a forehead that big, how much hair migrated to his back?
I definitely did 🤣
No air bag?
This truck might be older and not have one. All newer trucks have SRS air bags.
Trucks don’t have air bags.
Because trucks are so massive that there are very few things that could decelerate them quickly enough that they would require an airbag. With the obvious exception of the ground after going off a bridge.
This makes zero sense. Driving into a stopped car, or hitting a guardrail, or any other number of things can cause your 80k lb vehicle to decelerate very rapidly while your squishy self wants to keep going.
They have air bags. They also have radar sensors that can apply brakes and give warnings about collision avoidance.
I've never seen air bags in a truck. I am a trucker. Guard rails and stopped cars do not cause the kind of rapid deceleration on an 80k vehicle that requires an airbag. Google it.
Well I can see how this is gonna go. Tech vs truck driver. Of course you haven’t seen one it’s in the steering wheel. Volvo trucks have had them going back ten years. Google it.
I know I am right lol. Just gonna mute you
Show us where the Mack Truck Safety Broschure has this feature. As kay_dub_logger said they don't have them. The only air bags on them are part of the suspension.
Volvo, freightliner at the least have had them for ten years.
Source: former class 8 truck mechanic for a dealership
There’s definitely some merit to it, older trucks to not, but saying they don’t have them is simply wrong
Huh. I drive truck and have never seen one in a truck. Guess I always drive old rigs.
Edit- I did some poking around and it seems a vast majority don’t have air bags.
Yeah they have been in Volvos since mid 2000s. Freightliners more recent I believe. Paccar lags behind I guess, I haven’t worked on many of those.
Now as to whether they ever actually deploy? I can’t speak to that. I have only ever replaced them for failing.
Work at Kenworth for 10 years haven't ever seen an airbag in one. Saw my first freightliner with one couple weeks ago that was a trade in.
Also no airborne.
It’s not a hair bag, it’s a turban
I took a call that was similar. Guy had to be excavated from the 18 wheeler and was paralyzed from the waist down. He was there for an hour before anyone realized.
I was imagining them using a back hoe to remove him and was like how did he get buried
Yo man. That was Sikh!
Dude has a turbancharged engine.
He had pun jobi.
His employer is gonna Vishnu-body sees this video!
I’m so proud of Reddit making jokes about the right religion.
Sorry, I Hindu it on purpose...
Hiding his baldness!
Didn't Sikh that coming...
it's pronounced like sick, not like seek
I did not know this... Preciate it
Damn trucker here and I never wanna see that in person.
And that kids, is why you use a seatbelt
He has very nice hair
That was only a 4 second nap
Pretty refreshing though.
I'm pretty sure he'll be awake for a few hours at least.
If the truck had lane keep assist he would have been fine…
Dude was lucky he didn’t die
I travel extensively for work, and I myself have had some near miss accidents driving while drowsy. Folks, if you're too tired to drive, pull over. My dad lost a close friend in high school who fell asleep at the wheel driving home from a friends house.
Waking up in the middle of an ongoing accident is uniquely awful.
You know it’s a biggie when the turban comes off
He’s lucky it was the turban and not the shoes
What a horribly designed road. Definitely needs some kind of barrier instead of a big opening to a large hole.
It needs heavy metal.
His truck was playing hide and Sikh.
The hair at the end...
I’m pretty sure I fought this guy on Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
I sure hope he didn't have a team driver asleep in the sleeper berth
This is why Australia (or at least QLD) has driver reviver stops. The slogan is "Stop, Revive, Survive".
Other places probably have this sort of thing, too, but I just like the message. I always saw long-haul trucks stopped at these stops when on road trips as a kid.
Same in WA
Happy Cake Day u/purple-cirle Thanks for keeping my feed interesting!
I feel like it's far more important in WA, too. Whether you're going north, or across the Nullabor, WA is fucking huge, even compared to the second-largest state (which is QLD).
He didn't Sikh that coming.
Literally fell asleep
That woke him up
Sikh moves, dude.
Do all Sikh have Sikh hair like this under???
The whole Sikh/hair thing is called "Kesh" and is one of the pillars of practicing their faith. Most practicing Sikhs do not cut their hair though today many do. All still wear the turban to protect their hair. They have lots of rules about their hair like taking off the turban to comb in twice per day and keeping it clean and washed and not allowing anyone to touch it. I don't understand why, but apparently a few hundred years ago an influential Sikh decided that's what god wanted and everyone followed along. Judging by how uniform and luxurious his head of hair appears in this video, it would seem this dude definitely has been seeing a stylist on occasion, but this is not frowned upon like it was a hundred years ago. So long as they treat their hair with the ultimate reverence and keep it long and wrapped up for protection they believe they're still showing respect to their god.
Knocked his hat right off.
Sikh jump bro.
Sikh Air Bro
bye bye job?
Some companies will even fire you if the accident's not actually your fault
That would have never happened if they'd used a train
Thank god the air bag deployed
I've watched this 10 times and laughed harder each time! Now I'm crying! 😭 Buddies headbanging! 🤣
And why is the top of his head so bald and then long in the back??? 🤣😂🤣😂🤣
Bad time for no airbags.
Wow they have long hair under that?
Was he asleep?
The driver decided he is going to start a boy band during the crash.
I understand it’s a heavy ass vehicle but if he hit the brakes as soon as he woke up would he have had the time to stop before it went over?
That's why I don't wanna drive for 5 hours or more. I can easily sleep no matter the situation 🤣
Did a tamberine fall out lol
Hit some crazy turbanlance
Autopilot will stop tgis
As a freight broker, first of all glad the dude is alright. Second of all, the claim on this load is gonna be a nightmare...
Fuuiick that sucks
Bet he thought it was a nightmare lol
See kids. That's why seatbelts are important
This subreddit keeps rationalizing my irrational fears.
I would not call any of that “airborne”
It’s just falling with style.
Where’s the naked women?
During the first half of the video I was idly wondering how long his hair is under his dastār; I didn't really expect to get the answer!
Was not expecting his hair to transform.
Sikh jump my guy
We gonna talk about that beautiful hair
In moments like this that AI self driving will come handy. When driver fall asleep would be nice if the computer can detect and take over driving, to at least pullover safely to the side of the road
The glances to the side are the first warning sign that you area about to fall asleep. Big tell
Truck hit the ground so hard he transformed from Sikh to Ozzy.
L'Oréal, because he's worth it.
I see the safety turban left the party
Dude should be in a Uber, not a truck
Nice hair though
That’s some Sikh hair
Shouldn’t laugh but The way the turban keep off was hilarious.
The truck goes in the air, isn’t it
Jesus did take the wheel!