Remember the days when trucks kept to the right and had speed limits slower than cars and truckers actually drove and acted like professional truck drivers?
My father drove trailer trucks over a million miles without an accident.
The other day I drove from Maple Ridge to North Delta and once again was reminded how much things have changed for the so-called professional driver.
Some of the trucks I observed looked literally like accidents looking for a place to happen.
There was a little snow on the road and it was slippery as a result, yet in spite of these hazardous conditions I was passed by at least five semi-trailer trucks.
At one point I had a trailer to my left and another semi passed me on the right-hand side doing at least 30 kilometres over the speed limit.
I was literally blinded by the spray and had to back off so as to be able to see.
I got home only to read about a dump truck with a trailer passing two cars and killing a Surrey man and it became very clear to me that something has to be done about the dangerous situation that has developed on our roads, with 60-foot trucks being driven like race cars.
It seems that these drivers are neither making allowances for conditions or staying to the right-hand slower lane.
Or how about even using a bit of good old-fashioned common sense? They certainly were not what I would expect of a professional Class 1 driver, or any driver for that matter.
Wayne Clark, Maple Ridge