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    Large tractor trailers banned from the Dragon


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    Long overdue. I have escorted a semi off of the Dragon. I really think I saved a life by warning riders that a truck was coming. When we got down to the lake, the driver couldn't thank me enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sedanman View Post
    Long overdue. I have escorted a semi off of the Dragon. I really think I saved a life by warning riders that a truck was coming. When we got down to the lake, the driver couldn't thank me enough.


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    Big trucks have been "discouraged" from taking that route for years. I hope this is a serious ban.
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    NC has already been doing it for a few years and it's about time TN did too. In NC the signs begin about Murphy and most are BIG and yellow.
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    For your consideration-
    It seems like everybody hates trucks. Nobody wants them around. They shouldn't be on this road 'cuze...........
    Those that have driven trucks can easily relate that they don't want to be in these spots.......tight, narrow, low weight limit bridges, low clearance/height restricted roads, even rural back roads where trees haven't been cut back for years.
    In Boston there are many "Low Bridge" roads. These roads result in trucks peeling back their roof like a sardine can- or worse.
    From a Boston Globe article-
    So how do some drivers completely ignore so many warnings? Verseckes said many factors are to blame, including drivers unfamiliar with the area and people who depend on GPS systems that don?t take bridge clearances into account.
    Full article here-
    http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/201...hGJ/story.html
    One of the most frequent "hits" these low overpasses take is from U-Haul trucks....rented by students moving into Boston for college.
    A friend of mine is in the Jerome AZ area. Check this map which doesn't look real bad on paper-



    A full size tractor-trailer cannot make it without taking both lanes and rolling over the corners.....although they still try.

    I guess my point is that "they" need to figure a way to not have a GPS direct a driver to a spot they can't navigate...or should not try to navigate.
    Along with sufficient warnings, there should be a solution posted to avoid these (truck) traffic nightmares.
    Next time you are in your car, watch for a weight sign for a bridge, ask yourself "now where would I turn a 53-footer around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Omega Man View Post
    A friend of mine is in the Jerome AZ area. Check this map which doesn't look real bad on paper-


    I'd hate to even try to drive a straight truck through Jerome.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I'd hate to even try to drive a straight truck through Jerome.
    Yeah but at something like 7000 ft, full of trendy gift shops, some old mines, it's a very popular destination for motorcycle riders (when there isn't a truck hung up on a guard-rail
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    Quote Originally Posted by gfspencer View Post
    Big trucks have been "discouraged" from taking that route for years. I hope this is a serious ban.
    Yes. I wonder if the enforcement on the truckers will be as intense as it has been on motorcyclists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    I'd hate to even try to drive a straight truck through Jerome.
    There's not many flat level places to park either...fantastic ride nonetheless
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    Having just ridden the Dragon for the first time ever, I can't believe any trucks were ever allowed on that road. Unreal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elgincarla View Post
    Having just ridden the Dragon for the first time ever, I can't believe any trucks were ever allowed on that road. Unreal.
    There are a few US designated two lane highways as curvy or curvier as the Dragon and often wondered the same thing...trailers were not 40'+ "back in the day" I suppose

    It was "interesting" to meet one before the ban.
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    Now if they would ban cruisers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortythorne View Post
    now if they would ban police cruisers.
    ftfy

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    well I tnought that was funny

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