Trucking Digest

My Wife talking to her Brother about a family issue… “There’s only the 2 of us working” Me… “Oi – I’ve driven Sacramento-San Diego, San Diego-Phoenix, Phoenix-Yuma and Yuma-Gallup today – what d’ya mean there’s only the 2 of you working!” 😉

Just a very brief post tonight. Here are some more shots from American truck Simulator as SCS drop a heavy hint that Utah will soon be joining the list of states in the game!

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Trucking Digest

As mentioned in the previous post, SCS Software released the Washington DLC for American Truck Simulator on Tuesday. The immediate impact of that was to push ATS to the top of the ‘best sellers’ list on the Steam store as the community mobilised to buy the latest map addition. It means that ATS for a couple of days outsold games like Witcher 3 and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077, which is quite an achievement for a niche game and that earned ATS a news piece in the media – including The Independent; a UK national newspaper! SCS were quick to once again thank their community 🙂 Washington brings a sixth state to ATS and SCS have hinted that work is already underway on the seventh although, as usual, they’re not about to tell us which it will be! There are also new trucks on the way and the hope is that two of these will be released before the end of the year 🙂

With all the driving in Europe, I haven’t really done a lot in ATS since the Oregon DLC was added, so lets do some sightseeing in Oregon and Washington 🙂

Climbing away from the Vantage Bridge after crossing the Colombia River east of Yakima…

Night time and a drive past the Convention Centre in Spokane…

Crossing the Pioneer Memorial Bridge in Kennewick…

Running along I-84 in Oregon beside the Colombia River near Willow lake…

Northbound on Highway 97, passing Ken’s Sporting Goods in Crescent…

Climbing away from the Sam Hill Memorial Bridge after crossing the Colombia River at Biggs…

Running alongside Peshastin Creek on our way down into Wenatchee…

Crossing the Wenatchee River on Highway 2. Some artistic license here – the mountains are correctly portrayed for this crossing but there is no Cafe here, only a small parking area…

More artistic license on Hwy 2 – Crossing the South Fork Skykomish River in Stevens Pass above the town of Skykomish – the railway doesn’t actually cross the river at this point but it has a similar bridge further down the pass below Skykomish…

That’s a few shots from these two northern-most American Truck Sim states and I’m sure I will have more to follow 🙂 Keep the shiny side up – drive safe everyone!

You Have Been Warned…

…or Advised? In the previous post I spoke about all the new road signage coming in American Truck Simulator with the v1.35 updates. So lets take a look at a few of them.

A few updates back we started seeing vehicles slowing when there were Police with lights on at the side of the highway or other incidents such as broken down vehicles. It caught me out the first couple of times it happened! I did some research and found out that in Texas the law requires a change of lane where Officers are at the side of the road. Now we have signage on our ATS Interstates. This one is on I-8 near Eloy…

Welcome to California 😉 Just across the border from Arizona here’s a reminder that not wearing your seat belt is a Primary offense in California which means that the Bears will bite you – in Arizona it’s a secondary offense……The sign beyond tells drivers of Trucks or vehicles with trailers that they must drive in the right hand lane except when passing.

A standard array of signs on the I-5 slip road – the ‘Report Drunk Drivers’ one is new to the game though…

Up on route 160 we find this advisory sign. I guess it gets pretty chill up there on The Navajo Trail…

Not quite signage, but a new style of highway maintenance hardware – cool portable lights!..

Finally, on the switchback I-17 going south between Flagstaff and Phoenix we find new warning signs regarding the use of brakes on the long sweeping descents – I was lucky as the truck I was driving on a hire job had a retarder which was able to control the speed without using the brake pedal 🙂 …

So – lot’s of new road signs appearing in ATS and yet more great work by the SCS Software team.