Quick Winter Tip

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Since it's finally starting to get cold, I just wanted to pass along a winter tip that a lot of people forget about and will save you time and laying on the cold ground. When you park for the evening, don't set your trailer brakes unless you like to lay under there with a hammer trying to break them loose if they freeze up. I'm just getting ready to head out to finish up my run and as I was doing my walk around, I heard that lovely sound of a pinging hammer against brake drums. So I walked over and asked if the driver needed a hand and of course he was cussing up a storm and not having much luck with a little framing hammer. I went back to my truck, grabbed a real Hammer and slid under his trailer. After a couple minutes and calling his trailer some not so nice words, the brakes submitted and he's now headed down the road. I got a free cup of coffee, a nice thank you and the assurance that if the temps are low, he'll remember from now on lol.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Jetguy's Comment
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Thanks- did not know that. Is there some condensation in there, caused by friction/heat and then at night freezes the brake assembly parts?

Errol V.'s Comment
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It's not just condensation, Jetguy, any water will do. If you're driving in wet conditions, the wheel system will get water in it. Brakes create heat, so even in freezing temps the brakes stay wet/not frozen while you're rolling.

Shut down, the wheels cool/ freeze, and you need to get the hammer out.

Newbie78inpa J.'s Comment
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Do companies provide wheel chocks on the truck so we can use them instead the trailer brakes?

Errol V.'s Comment
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Do companies provide wheel chocks on the truck so we can use them instead the trailer brakes?

Of you stay connected to the trailer, like at a truck stop for your 10 hour break, the tractor brakes are set, and the trailer's not going anywhere.

Phox's Comment
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Shut down, the wheels cool/ freeze, and you need to get the hammer out.

STOP!!! HAMMERTIME!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=otCpCn0l4Wo

dun dun dun dun... can't touch this.

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Do companies provide wheel chocks on the truck so we can use them instead the trailer brakes?

No need. You're still going to set the brakes on the tractor which will hold you in place and 1500# of torque on the drives is more than enough to brake those loose in all bit extreme cases.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Phox's Comment
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Do companies provide wheel chocks on the truck so we can use them instead the trailer brakes?

No need. You're still going to set the brakes on the tractor which will hold you in place and 1500# of torque on the drives is more than enough to brake those loose in all bit extreme cases.

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brakes are already set... the trick in this case is getting them released... and if you're needing to take a hammer to get them unstuck I would want to make sure those wheels aint going nowhere.. so I would chock them personally... you can never be too safe too many times, you can only be not safe enough once. Is it worth the risk of a major injury to not put some chocks down? the moment you get ****y and or lazy and think you'll be fine... that's the day you lose the word "professional" from your truck driving title.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Pat M.'s Comment
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No need. You're still going to set the brakes on the tractor which will hold you in place and 1500# of torque on the drives is more than enough to brake those loose in all bit extreme cases.

Yeah it is enough to break them loose but it is also enough to damage brake components. Sometimes they freeze pretty solid and it is possible to damage components while trying to force it to break free.

Oh and be sure to set the trailer brakes when working on freeing the truck brakes.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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One of the best things to do is lightly drag your brakes as you're pulling into wherever you're going to park for the night. Make sure the brakes get good and warm so any moisture will evaporate. A lot of times it's 40 degrees and wet when you're ready to park and your brakes wind up cool and wet by the time you set them. That water freezes as the temp dips overnight.

So drag the brakes lightly as you're driving through the parking lot or rest area before you get parked.

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