Sadly, This Einstein Did Not Stick Around Long Enough To Pick Up His “Driver Of The Year” Award

Alert “06880” reader — and gobsmacked driver — Jaime Bairaktaris spotted this scene today on Weston Road, near the Merritt Parkway Exit 42 ramp.

(You can tell it’s the Merritt, because there’s a fairly large “No Commercial Vehicles” sign.)

(Photo/Jaime Bairaktaris)

Let Jaime tell the story:

The truck tried getting onto the parkway northbound, when people began to cut it off and blowing their horns. He decided to keep trying for Truck Driver of the Year award for a while. Finally he made a U-turn to go back towards town.

Let’s hope right now he is far, far away.

On 95.

7 responses to “Sadly, This Einstein Did Not Stick Around Long Enough To Pick Up His “Driver Of The Year” Award

  1. Nancy Hunter

    Has anyone ever driven a “truck” like this?

  2. If you’ve never driven a large vehicle (school bus or larger) or an 18 wheeler, it is extremely difficult to just “back it up and turn it around.” Yes, s/he made a mistake. If I was there I would have jumped out and try to direct traffic around him and help him back down. Disclaimer: I’ve driven school busses and a family member drives a “big rig” in the Midwest for Con-way Trucking. Now if he parked at Starbucks, taking up more than one space, there would be a hanging. 🙂

  3. I once drove a friend’s 18 wheeler for about an hour (with him closely coaching me). We drove through Westport on the Post Road, got on I95 South at exit 18, got off in Norwalk, turned the truck around, got back on I95 and drove back to Westport. When you’re responsible for that much rolling mass it sure focuses the mind.

    Coming back home, as I eased the big rig onto the Post Road East off of the Sherwood Island Connector, I looked in my right side mirror just in time to see that the truck’s extra long refrigerated trailer had jumped the curb and was slightly molesting some innocent road signs. Nothing serious, but it sure got my attention. Note to self: if you want to go right with something this long, you’ve got to swing waaay left first.

    I have tremendous respect for the men and women who manage to operate these vehicles with such elan in the kind of conditions that exist around here. And I generally cut them a break when stuff like this happens. The driver was most likely not from around here and, honestly, there just seem to be so many things coming at you at once when you’re driving one of these vehicles that important information is going to sometimes get by you.

  4. I agree totally with Morley’s comments- give tremendous these big rig drivers respect and a wide berth..

    In the late 50’s I worked at Rockland County Milk and Cream Company and one of my responsibilities was to drive a 18 wheeler from the main dairy to a subsidiary site 20 miles away- at the Woodside Dairy. The long haul driver usually napped in the cab while it was offloaded and between stops. I only had to drive forward- no backing up. Double clutching, leaving stopping room, getting tail gated where you couldn’t see the tailgater behind the trailer, getting cutoff and then having the guy slam on his brakes in the truck’s safe space- all make you keep your attention focused and you learn the limitations of a big truck compared to a car.

    Don’t play games with those big boys, give them lots of room and never tailgate them..

  5. Jaime Bairaktaris

    I have no experience with trucks like these and have much respect for those in this career field (I certainly couldn’t do it); it was a lighthearted post to say the least, sorry if it was received differently. My feeling is that if you are going to drive something this large, then planning your route/reading road signs are a part of driving it. If not for the cars cutting him off as he proceeded up the ramp and the space to make a u-turn, we would have a different thread about the blocking of traffic or emergency vehicles.

  6. Good work, Jaime!

  7. Eric William Buchroeder SHS '70

    eCommerce is putting a lot more delivery trucks on the road and therefore probability of these near-misses..
    Just wait until the use of airborne drones for delivery becomes commonplace.