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What's the Yellow Flashing light for again...?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Sno4U, Jan 27, 2008.

  1. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    I swear most people if not all(present company excepted) are idiots!

    What does the yellow warning light on the top of our snow removal equipment stand for?
    Does it mean: "I'm plowing(I've been in the truck for well over 12 hours now), go ahead and pull in behind me and park?"
    Does it mean: "I'm moving along applying salt, walk in front of my truck...I'll stop for you/"
    Ya wonder, if I where a county truck, would these idiots try this?

    But seriously, do we have any rights with a yellow light on our vehicles? If we back into somebody who's done something stupid, like pull in behind you, and you've hit them, are you still completely at fault?
    I haven't hit anyone yet (knock on wood) but I'm come damn close!
     
  2. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,136

    no real rights with em, just a warning light to let retards know were there, and to please stay out of our way, but as we all know no one cares about us, lol they do what they want when they want with no reguard for us working, its the sad story of a lowely plow guy.
     
  3. tman3007

    tman3007 Senior Member
    Messages: 147

    Warning lights

    I've thought the same thing over and over and over. We might as well be driving ice cream trucks in the middle of summer because the flashing lights are drawing in the idiots like a moth to a flame.

    We were looking to upgrade to some lightbars but I don't even know if it'll make a difference to be honest. :mad:
     
  4. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    The worst place to plow is a lot that is right besdie a drive thru coffee shop. I swear those people are brain dead untill they get their coffee....:dizzy:
     
  5. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Even though legally having flashing yellow (or blue) lights don't give us 'special' privledges they do have particular meanings. If you are blocking an enterance or street and someone hits you or you are slow moving and someone hits you you are not at fault. You have warning lights stating that you are slow moving and on the job. It is the responsibility of other drivers to see you. However, you dont have any release of liability if you hit someone or something.

    I know that people dont have consideration for city plows here either. Heck I see many people blocking and cutting off emergency vehicles without care or concern.

    I was driving down the highway last week at approximately 100km/h (50 mph or so) with a 3 tons salt load and some idiot cuts infront of me then slams on the brakes. Not only did I almost plow through him but I basically lost half of my load!!!!!!!

    No consideration......

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  6. mnormington

    mnormington Senior Member
    Messages: 156

    Weren't you watching your mirrors? You should have seen him coming. Only reason I say that is if he did that and you hit him it's your fault (unless there's a witness that wants to hang around and set it right) - still then it's probably gonna get you blamed anyway. My head's always on a swivel when I'm driving. Looking for the next idiot. Never have to look far. :D
     
  7. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    yea people are retarted. i lost my 98 k3500 b/c of some idiot. i had a lightbar on my backrack. one in the windshield. hideaways in my taillights, headlights and mirrors. and this moron. tried to pass me in a parking lot where she shouldnt be doing that b/c it was 1 lane each way. one of our peterbuilts was comming the other way she went to come back behind me and slamed right into the ass end of my truck. hit it so hard the the tiedowns on the sander broke and it slid out of my bed b/c i got spun sideways. caused $4000 worth of damage to my truck. and trashed my sander.

    the best part was it was some chick on her cell phone driving her parents SUV. DUMB!!

    people are retarted. i bet if i had red and blue lights she wouldnt of thought of passing me.

    sorry for any ranting
     
  8. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    I agree and im usually a rather defensive driver but the idiot was driving in front of me on the right hand lane and just decided to swerve over and brake.... :realmad: he wanted to pass the guy going the speed limit infront of him and by doing so decided cutting the big @ss plow truck was the best way.
     
  9. v-plower

    v-plower Senior Member
    Messages: 118

    I know what you mean. I think we all do.
    It's even worse when I am escorting a wide load. Wide load signs in the front and back, beacons and both front and rear escorts and people still try to squeeze in between me and the vehicle I am escorting.
    In certain areas we need front and rear state police escorts. That is the best as the lead cop will pull ahead and block intersections for us and believe me never has someone tried to squeeze between a state cop and my truck.

    Most drivers just don't care what we are doing or why there is a flashing light on top.
     
  10. plowman4life

    plowman4life Senior Member
    Messages: 557

    this is exactly it. nobody cares. they take all the peopel out there plowing roads and parking lots for grated. and thats why they treat us like crap and do stupid **** around us. i cannot remember how many vehicals we have lost due to stupid people whether its on the highway or in a parking lot. they dont care. they just dont understad what it takes to do what we do. and maybe if they did we would get some more respect.

    weve lost a good 10 vehicals. between small incidents liek the one i listed above or a rollover b/c some figured they'd cut off a truck 10 times the size of them. we have also taken out a few vehicals b/c of stupid **** people have done. idk its just annoying.
     
  11. REAPER

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228


    I disagree.

    The worse place is a 24 hour laundry mat that shares a lot with a bar in a college town on a Saturday night.

    And yes I have plowed a lot like that in Kalamazoo.

    They could have drank coffee all day and still have been brain dead.
     
  12. jkiser96

    jkiser96 Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I had this same issue this Dec. I was backing up when a girl cut in behind me & I hit her. I had my flashers on & it was broad daylight. The cop put in the report that it was my fault for unsafe backing. My insurance adjuster told the girl they would pay 75% & she was responsible 25%, which she went ballistic on them but that is what they settled for. The real kicker is when the cop left she ask me if I was a "snowplow guy" I just said no I liked driving around with 900lbs hanging off the front of my truck.
     
  13. Sno4U

    Sno4U Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    Ya know I'd really hate to say it but wouldn't it be nice if there where a law which basically states that if you have a yellow light(which of course would have to meet certain criteria) and you are performing snow services that you be given certain rite of ways. Ex: if someone pulls in behind you. you hit them, it THEIR fault!
    We do it for ambulances and other e. vehicles.
    Aren't we all performing an emergency service? if you doubt this then just any customer who hasn't been plowed yet how much of an "emergency" they're in!
     
  14. Oasis

    Oasis Senior Member
    Messages: 273

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  15. Blazin

    Blazin Senior Member
    Messages: 185

    I like the ones that figure, " Well it stopped snowing, so I guess we can resume 10 plus above the speed limit. There is no way there are still plow trucks backing out onto the road, after all its not snowing any more! "
    Mouth breathing morons.
     
  16. scottL

    scottL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,603

    Granted the pickups of today to not have decent bumpers and clean points of impact. BUT.... My truck and plow and gas and me must weigh in at 10k-12k pounds. Care is typically 2-3K..... They have no idea how bad the impact would be. Have you ever seen a semi tap a vehicle...It's like some giant kicking a match box car.
     
  17. Firemanfive0

    Firemanfive0 Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 38

    In an emergency vehicle you still have to be in control of your vehicle at all times. Just cause the lights are on does mean its not your fault for hitting someone. Firemen, EMTs and Policemen are being prosecuted for hitting a vehicle and causing a death or injury. I agree there are stupid people that make our plowing jobs more difficult but even with out the yellow light they are still stupid and stealing oxygen from the rest of us. just remember "there's people in those cars out there" and may everyone be safe and collision free.
     
  18. derekbroerse

    derekbroerse 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    They don't care. They are like Lemmings. :D

    I have rotaries on the roof and strobes in the corners. Doesn't seem to help.
     
  19. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    We plow some town roads out here in the sticks.. I was plowing/salting a 55mph road last night around 10pm.. Had a guy get right up on my a$$ and turned on his brights.. I'm not moving for ya buddy and the spreader is blocking those headlights! :gunsfiring:

    Crap happens everyday, stay safe guys
     
  20. jkiser96

    jkiser96 Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    I had a cop do that one morning about 3:00am. He flew up on me & then followed a few blocks , then turned his lights on to pass me. I lost sight of him until I pulled on my next job & there he was in gettiong a cup of coffee. I walked in & politely ask him if the coffee was important and he no idea what I was talking about until I informed him that the salt truck he rushed by was me, he then was making excuses real quick. F&%@* idiots.