Trucky tests the Limit...

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 08:49
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Now, I'm normally very supportive of the long distance truck driver, both for their
generally good safe driving & the difficulties of the job, long hours etc....
but it's hard to maintain such support in the face of evidence that at least one
finds time to watch a widescreen TV while driving. Makes using the phone seem
very tame, doesnt it ?. I suppose his defence is that he watches from his bunk, but
who will believe that? In his defence, I have seen dash mounted laptops in a few
4WDs too....is that legal? I find TV barely watchable at any time so am unlikely to
be found guilty of this indiscretion..:)))))........oldbaz.
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Reply By: David C4 - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:11

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:11
I would have to wonder at the legality of fitting laptops, Ipads etc to the dashboard of any vehicle. I see them more and more and am troubled by the distraction they must cause. I feel that it is only a matter of time before the authorities crack down on this practice. I note that some vehicle manufactures are now fitting larger dash mounted units to their vehicles that have so many functions that makes you question the safety of operating it while moving.

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Follow Up By: Member - Rich - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:41

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:41
I have my iPad connect to the dash as I use it as a gps.

It is no more in the way than other gps connect by suction cups as it only sticks up a couple of inches and I reckon no worse than other window gps.

If it was fully mounted on the dash then it would be an issue, like some of the bigger gps on sale today.

In some ways I find it safer as the bigger screen makes it so much easier to see at a glance.

Like you I was worried about the iPad causing problems until I actually drove with it.

I only use it as a gps in theses situations, watching movies while driving is just plain dangerous.

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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 15:30

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 15:30
Some have the skills to do something others can't but it doesn't mean it's difficult, imposable or dangerous..... just different skill sets.

I find climbing trees, rock climbing, caving, deep sea diving and sky diving, difficult, imposable and dangerous but I ride a high performance sports bike that will wheel stand at 200+kph.... some may say it's difficult, imposable and dangerous......

We run a 13 inch laptop in our Landcruiser and find it less distracting and easier to use then a 5 inch Hema navigator or any other form of GPS.

Skill sets.... every one is different.... some find something hard to do that others don't.

As one gets older they loose confidence in things they use to do when younger..... the sad part is they think that seeing they can no longer do it then it must be dangerous and unsafe for everyone else including the much younger ones.

Making something safe is when someone gains confidants in what they are doing.



And Coxy before making comments about

"some vehicle manufactures are now fitting larger dash mounted units to their vehicles that have so many functions that makes you question the safety of operating it while moving"

If you cared to take the time to understand something you will find when the vehicle is in motion you can only make very limited changes to the factory indash unit and what you can change has minimal input.

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Reply By: Member - John - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:57

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 09:57
Nearly as bad as the idiots that attach the GPS smack dab in the middle of the windscreen, directly in front of them and not only small GPS, have seen the larger ones attached there also, bizarre.............
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Follow Up By: Fab72 - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 19:04

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 19:04
I think they're called taxi drivers John.
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Reply By: Hairy (WA) - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 10:19

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 10:19
Gday.
Im certainly not saying watching TV while driving is a good thing but does anyone really know the true story?
One radio station is saying 32cm and one is saying 32 inch?
Is it a TV or is it a monitor?
Depending on the truck, a 32 CM monitor in front of a truck windscreen would probably still give you better visability than your average grey nomad would have in a Nissan patrol with mums sea shells hanging from the rear veiw mirror!
And if it is a GPS it would probably be safer than one of those little things we all use as your eyes wouldnt be taken off the road as long, because you could read what you wanted to in a quick glance?

Or ........hes some brainless cowboy who thought it would be a good idea?

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Reply By: Rockape - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 11:15

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 11:15
By the photo the guy is a first rate moron.

If he had it on a swivel and watched from the sleeper ok but driving with that in front of you is just plain ridiculous.

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Follow Up By: Hairy (WA) - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 13:53

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 13:53
Agreed!.......definately a moron!
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 15:32

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 15:32
Yeap... definately a moron.

If he had any sense he would of paid that bit more and bought a large screen... LOL
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 15:41

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 15:41
Cool one,
I like that
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Follow Up By: Dave(NSW) - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:02

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:02
Definitely not the smartest thing to do, But the photo looks worse because it was taken sitting in the bunk in the middle of the truck so doesn't show what the driver can realy see.
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Follow Up By: Rockape - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:53

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 18:53
Dave,
you are right but I can't defendthis driver.

He was put in for driving at the best badly by the public, so something was wrong.

Like I said if he had a swivel on the TV so it could be moved out of vision then OK.

Even from the chair that would have given you a massive blind spot.

All the best,
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Follow Up By: olcoolone - Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:49

Monday, Mar 26, 2012 at 10:49
Yeap bit of a stupid thing to do but he does Perth to Sydney and travelling the paddock is as boring as.

I think he went overboard and maybe a smaller screen would of been a better choice for the long stretch from Perth to the SA boarder.

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Reply By: The Bantam - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 15:31

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 15:31
The ADRs and the individual state legeslations are clear on the matter.....

A video display device shall only be operable and visable to the driver when the vehicle is in forward motion IF it is either a rearview device or and navigation aid.

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The ADRs and the state legeslations are clear on what constitutes an obstruction to the driver's view.

many of the modern trucks with sleeper cabs have extensive fitouts that have most of the facilities of a good up market caravan including TVs.


BUT there will always be some idiot that has no attention to detal or common sence.

Of course it could all be a wind up.

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 17:34

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 17:34
Bantam,
No wind up that photo is from the NSW police and the guy was booked.

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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 18:17

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 18:17
well a genuine first class idiot.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 16:36

Saturday, Mar 24, 2012 at 16:36
It's very hard to defend that, or the driver of the B double caught doing 145 kph!
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Reply By: mikehzz - Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 19:04

Sunday, Mar 25, 2012 at 19:04
I broke down on the Nullabor about midnight around 5 years ago and the truckie who stopped to help me said he nearly didn't see me because he was watching a DVD while he was driving. I thought it was odd at the time. So its not a new phenomina. Cheers :-)
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