Too Many Trucks on the Road

There are so many big trucks on the road these days, it’s starting to feel like more than a hassle, it’s starting to feel like a threat. I often feel suffocated by the number of trucks around me. Although they’re supposed to stay in the far left lane, it’s now a common occurrence for me to find a truck to my left, a truck to my right, and a truck in front or behind me. It’s claustrophobic, and something needs to be done about it.

I’m sympathetic to the argument that we need trucks. We have to get things shipped somehow, and this is a country that decided to ship by truck instead of by train (which helps free up the roads in other countries). Perhaps we really can’t do anything about the number of trucks, but we should do something about how they drive.

Why is it, for instance, you never see the police pulling over trucks for clogging all the lanes? They pull over cars all the time for speeding or driving inappropriately. Why not trucks? A few extra tickets cutting into the income of truckers, and they may be more willing to stay where they are meant to stay on the road.

Another option might be more cameras on the road. If the police won’t ticket bad truck drivers, why can’t cameras do so automatically? If the cameras are hidden, all the better, then truckers won’t know which parts of the road to be safe on, and they’ll be forced to assume they always have to be on their best behavior.

A final possibility, and really, the most likely, is more automation in trucking. The future is driverless trucks that follow along almost like trains without drivers to get impatient and try to force their way over a lane or two just to go a mile or so faster. Once this technology comes in, we’ll all be much safer, but how long will we have to wait?

Apparently, you should react in this order: seek medical care, contact police, save your documents, don’t sign anything, and contact a lawyer.

I assume they have purposefully left off the real first steps, which are: curse loudly, scream at the driver who caused the wreck, take lots of photos and post them online, call your parents and cry for a while.

It would be nice if I didn’t have to think about all these issues now, but I just don’t see the roads getting any better in the near term. Though it would be a great help, the police aren’t going to start pulling truckers over, and no one is going to pay for those cameras. So, until the trucks drive themselves, we’ll have to all be prepared for the worst.

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