This was my view today while taking Jack to school. (Yeah, I was within 100 feet, but we were stopped…and I was trying to take a photo, so it was okay.)
I get behind these trucks almost every morning because the school is next to a construction site. I have so many questions about that stupid “work vehicle, do not follow” sign.
1)Why would you want to follow a dump truck? I could see following an ambulance or police car, but a dump truck? Am I missing out on some super fun recreational activity that involves tailgating road equipment? And were so many people following dump trucks that it became a problem?
“Hey, Look! A dump truck! Hurry! Let’s get behind it!!!”
2) Why does the sign specify “work” truck? Are there any other kinds? I can’t say that I’ve ever seen a sport utility dump truck or a racing dump truck.
3) And, if there are other kinds of dump trucks, should we assume that it’s okay to follow them? Or if we see a dump truck that doesn’t have a “do not follow” sign, should we assume that it’s not a “work truck?”
“Now, Kids, remember…don’t just follow any dump truck you see. They have rules for a reason, you know.”
4) What if I happen to be behind a work dump truck because we’re going in the same direction?
I don’t like breaking rules…even accidentally. I wasn’t following the dump truck by choice. It was a two-lane road and I couldn’t pass. I can’t change where my son goes to school. I had to go that way.
Seems to me this sign is asking the impossible!
If I get pulled over because I was following the stupid dump truck, how will I explain to the officer that, yes, I was following it, but I wasn’t following it.
Reminds me of other inexplicable highway department signs.