Interstate 80 In Wyoming

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Hudsonhawk's Comment
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So I was driving westbout on I 80 yesterday and got through the storm. Stopped in Cheyenne for a minute and there were some people shutting down I think from the eastbound closure. Made it through to Rawlins to stop for the night and now everything is frozen.

Gotta make it to salt lake city by 4pm and have about 330 miles to make. Hoping I'll make it in time but I don't feel safe driving when it's dark in these conditions.

Sure was scary though. My windshield kept freezing up along with my wipers . That combined with the already low visibility and wind scared the crap outta me. Saw one rolled over Werner truck, and hope the driver is ok.

If I stopped in Cheyenne any longer I feel like I would of been stuck there. And sure enough road conditions are closed. I was going about 25mph down on that Lincoln monument and got passed by trucks going at least 60. Scary times, I'm sure it won't be the last scare out here just the first.

Feel pretty good about getting out of Cheyenne though once I got near rawlins the elevation dropped and everything cleared up.

Someone told me to use rubbing alcohol on windshield wiper blades to stop them from freezing but I'm sure we are not allowed to have alcohol on the trucks. Anyone have any reccomendations? Like using heat on them or something similar? Had to pull over 3 times in an hour to knock the ice off of them.

Pastor C.'s Comment
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So I was driving westbout on I 80 yesterday and got through the storm. Stopped in Cheyenne for a minute and there were some people shutting down I think from the eastbound closure. Made it through to Rawlins to stop for the night and now everything is frozen.

Gotta make it to salt lake city by 4pm and have about 330 miles to make. Hoping I'll make it in time but I don't feel safe driving when it's dark in these conditions.

Sure was scary though. My windshield kept freezing up along with my wipers . That combined with the already low visibility and wind scared the crap outta me. Saw one rolled over Werner truck, and hope the driver is ok.

If I stopped in Cheyenne any longer I feel like I would of been stuck there. And sure enough road conditions are closed. I was going about 25mph down on that Lincoln monument and got passed by trucks going at least 60. Scary times, I'm sure it won't be the last scare out here just the first.

Feel pretty good about getting out of Cheyenne though once I got near rawlins the elevation dropped and everything cleared up.

Someone told me to use rubbing alcohol on windshield wiper blades to stop them from freezing but I'm sure we are not allowed to have alcohol on the trucks. Anyone have any reccomendations? Like using heat on them or something similar? Had to pull over 3 times in an hour to knock the ice off of them.

I keep a bottle of deicer in my car, its base is alcohol. But I do not know about regs with rubbing alcohol in a semi.

Also be careful! I will be praying for your safety there

Phil C.'s Comment
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I have added rubbing alcohol to my windshield washer tank, and that helps with the deicing. Not sure about company policies on that, there are also store bought additives for washer fluid, as well as things like rainx. But none of these will help when its really bad out.

Phil

SamTon's Comment
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I cannot see any problem with rubbing alcohol. We use deicer on school buses. Be safe!

Kieran L.'s Comment
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Any winter blend or "de-icer" blend windshield washer fluid generally contains methanol or ethanol alcohol as well as ethylene glycol, which should be enough to dissolve ice on the windshield in all but the coldest of conditions.

murderspolywog's Comment
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I have a persal rule, that says I deal with 2 problems and when it gets to 3 problems it's time to pull over for the day or night. So an example is snow, and wind ok. Add ice and its time to find a place to shut down. Or you could go night and wind, and add snow and its time to stop. Also don't let other drivers make you feel pressure to go fast or drive farther. Only you can know how fast is to fast for you. And being late in a load is better then the load not making it at all just let your dm know if your going to be late as soon as you know and why you will be late. Keep it safe out there.

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
C. S.'s Comment
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Someone told me to use rubbing alcohol on windshield wiper blades to stop them from freezing but I'm sure we are not allowed to have alcohol on the trucks.

You can legally have a reasonable amount of rubbing alcohol on a semi. Make sure you buy isopropyl alcohol and not ethyl alcohol, the FMCSA specifically bans "distilled spirits" which are defined as anything containing ethyl alcohol. Either kind of rubbing alcohol is not safe to consume because it's been denatured (also the reason people under 21 can legally purchase it). I would be shocked if DOT were to cite you for possessing rubbing alcohol, it's a commonly used item in first aid kits, as a cleaner, deicer, etc. Even if they were to give you a ticket, it would not hold up in court as long as you have isopropyl alcohol and not ethyl alcohol. More info here and here. Company policies may vary from the FMCSA regulations.

CSA:

Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)

The CSA is a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) initiative to improve large truck and bus safety and ultimately reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities that are related to commercial motor vehicle

FMCSA:

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration

The FMCSA was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000. Their primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries.

What Does The FMCSA Do?

  • Commercial Drivers' Licenses
  • Data and Analysis
  • Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement
  • Research and Technology
  • Safety Assistance
  • Support and Information Sharing

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Fm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Justin (Jakebrake)'s Comment
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So I was driving westbout on I 80 yesterday and got through the storm. Stopped in Cheyenne for a minute and there were some people shutting down I think from the eastbound closure. Made it through to Rawlins to stop for the night and now everything is frozen.

Gotta make it to salt lake city by 4pm and have about 330 miles to make. Hoping I'll make it in time but I don't feel safe driving when it's dark in these conditions.

Sure was scary though. My windshield kept freezing up along with my wipers . That combined with the already low visibility and wind scared the crap outta me. Saw one rolled over Werner truck, and hope the driver is ok.

If I stopped in Cheyenne any longer I feel like I would of been stuck there. And sure enough road conditions are closed. I was going about 25mph down on that Lincoln monument and got passed by trucks going at least 60. Scary times, I'm sure it won't be the last scare out here just the first.

Feel pretty good about getting out of Cheyenne though once I got near rawlins the elevation dropped and everything cleared up.

Someone told me to use rubbing alcohol on windshield wiper blades to stop them from freezing but I'm sure we are not allowed to have alcohol on the trucks. Anyone have any reccomendations? Like using heat on them or something similar? Had to pull over 3 times in an hour to knock the ice off of them.

Welcome to Wyoming don't want to sound like an ******* brother but that's going to be life this time of year on I80 just go where you feel comfortable and don't let others pressure you into going past your comfort level if they want to go fast let them if your comfortable at 25 that's your speed go it. Wyoming won't get much better until summer so you'll have to just knuckle under and take it for what it is with that. Remember this saying I used to tell my guys in the Army and it works out here in trucking as well SLOW IS SMOOTH AND SMOOTH IS FAST.

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