Today we are to look at learning why is so important for you to monitor your excessive acceleration.
Now, we are Americans which means we all know and use the expressions same like Ricky Bobby said, “I want to go fast” and the other one where he says “If you are not first, then you are last”.
Well if you are running a mean machine in NASCAR making those never ending left turns, this might be true. But if you’re driving an 80,000 pound big rig, or any class 8 truck, not so much! Slamming on the Jake Brakes won’t help you take that turn!
It’s one thing when you doing excessive acceleration just for the show, and it is other thing when you are out on the open road with other participants in the traffic.
Excessive acceleration isn’t going to help you get to where you’re going. You might be thinking that is a rather dumb statement. Well, on the service perhaps it is!
After all, when you’re watching some trucker movie and there are playing trucker music and songs about having a long way to go and a short time to get there, they are intending to use more than a little excessive acceleration!
But you have to be careful because there are so many other factors to consider besides just going from point A to point B. The first is the most obvious: the weather, than sharing the road with other drivers, law enforcement, and even Department of Transportation officers.
Before we get into all that there are other things to consider. To be honest I am not sure I will be able to cover every single detail related to why monitoring your excessive acceleration is so important.
But as usual I will try to cover as much as I can, so here without delay are the top 10 reasons why you need to monitor excessive acceleration.
What is Excessive Acceleration?
So first off, what is meant by excessive acceleration? Is it simply driving too fast? Or it’s the way you operate the fuel pedal? Perhaps is the way you maintain your speed and handle curves and hills? The short answer is, ‘yes’. What I mean by that is it’s all of that, and perhaps more.
Perhaps is the way you maintain your speed and handle curves and hills? The short answer is, ‘yes’. What I mean by that is it’s all of that, and perhaps more.
But let’s break it down into its simplest parts. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines:
- Excessive, as exceeding what is needed, usual, or necessary.
- Acceleration, as the act or process gaining speed and/or momentum.
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So as you can see, excessive acceleration is then exceeding speeds that are appropriate. Keep in mind this can be from a legal point of view, safety related, or regarding other conditions.
Remember a racecar is designed to go fast and handle tight corners while a commercial truck is not designed for that.
Something else to consider is the fact that just because you went through truck driving school and got your CDL doesn’t make you Speed Racer. It makes you a professional truck driver and maybe later on an experienced truck driver too!
So, when you’re driving the open road keep it at a safe speed and refrain from excessive acceleration. As the old commercials used to say, “Drive to arrive”.
You Can Get Excessive Acceleration Ticket
This is of course what everyone thinks about when it comes to excessive acceleration. So, I figured I would just jump on the legal train and cover this one first.
Everyone, well most everyone, thinks about the consequences of their action before they do something.
A good percentage of us will often go so far as to think what are the legal consequences for my actions? Of course that doesn’t always stop us!
We as human often tend to look at the risk versus the reward. So from a trucking perspective, if you are able to get from point A to point B faster you will have more time on the road. This means more money in your pocket, right?
Not necessarily, my friend!
What Could Happen?
If you see lights, rollers, strobes, flashers, cherries and berries… man I could do an article just on slang terms for the police.
But if you see them in your truck mirrors, it usually isn’t good! It means the police have targeted you and you are being stopped. Now it is too late to rethink the use of excessive acceleration!
Something else to consider is that if you get stopped in regular vehicle, and there is nothing else involved with the stop, you are looking at about 15 minutes delay.
Now, if there are other reasons for the stop or other suspicious activity, then the clock runs longer.
But if you’re in a big truck, you could be looking at hours on the side of the road. They would like to see and check everything, from your fuel transfer tank to your truck exhaust, to paperwork and electronic logs!
They have full right to doing all of that once they pull you over!
The national average for a speeding ticking $150! But it does depend on how much over you’re going and in which state you’re driving in.
Top on that few hundreds dollars more, because I am sure they will find something else that’s against the rules or not working properly! It adds up quickly!