Actually I have. My father is a trucker driver and in being so, I have gone on countless runs with him all over australia.
People who complain about truck drivers are moreso the people who cut in front of them in traffic.
An ~1.5 tonne car Vs a fully loaded 40 tonne semi/b-double/road train. Think about who has the ability to stop quicker. Think about who has to not only just control the wheels they sit on but the multiple others followng behind.
Like others have said, there are a few drivers that make it look bad for all the others, but that is just like everything else in this world. The few bad drivers are...wait for it... stereo typed (yes that's right, just like import drivers are).
It's simple. Be nice to truck drivers and you won't have them riding on your ass.
my dad is a truck driver and the amount of dicks in cars when he has 60 ton that cut him off at the lights .... i really don't think that some people know how hard it is for them to stop with that much weight on! i have been on countless trips too with him all over Australia and to tell you the truth there are far more idiot car drivers than truck drivers.
he is the boss of his company and gets calls on average every 10 minutes.. so he is also on the phone a lot while driving he has hands free but sometimes he doesn't use it and i can honestly say that some truckies are better drivers than some of us bitching about them! there is also a demand on delivery times too! they get paid to have shit at a certain place at a certain time! if we had no trucks we would have nothing no food! no clothing! no furniture! they deliver everything we need in everyday life so cut them some slack!
you might get the odd couple that are a bit stupid but they drive all day get f**k all sleep and generally still manage to be nice people!