Snowing....and Now Scared

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Pianoman's Comment
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Where are you headed? There's really just one more grade ahead of you in Wyoming between Laramie and Cheyenne. It's steep and kinda twisty but if you go slow you can manage.

Kat's Comment
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I am headed to NY....so following 80 a good bit of the way.

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Rainy D.'s Comment
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That is the sprimo tractor shop. Tell them you are new and need it to be explained to you. They can either put a mechanic on the phone or even the supervisor. And don't get off that phone until you understand and are satisfied with that answer. Truthfully dispatch will say call road assist, and they might be able to tell you. But the mechanics are trained and know the vehicles.

And GT is right....you are doing great. Slow, lots of distance. I'm guessing you will soon be headed between Laramie and Cheyenne which is always the worst part. If I remember correctly once you get up to that elevation it isn't up and down up and down....its kinda flat on top where it is bad, then you come down. I might be wrong. The snow up there is that lake effect smoky looking stuff....just go really slow with hazards on.

You can't go anywhere until the roads open and that could take two or three days..no lie. I've only been there twice and highways got shutdown in both directions on both trips.

Call or go to 511 and they will tell you when they expect the roads to open. They list the highways from exit to exit and in each direction. Be aware the times for the expectations will keep changing. Plus you will probably be so surrounded by trucks that you won't be able to get out of the TS for a couple hours after they open the roads.

The customers and dispatch are used to this. They will add plenty of time to your appt to get it delivered. If once you get going and there is too much ice just keep in a low gear and shutdown again once you find a safe place. Dispatch knows you are new and nervous. Worst case scenario they can repower the load to someone with more experience. Doubt it but my point is they WANT you safe.

People tried to scare me that "Elk Mountain and the Three Sisters are so bad a newbie shouldn't go it alone".... Guess what... I didn't even realize I passed them. They didn't seem any worse to me than Monteagle or any other downgrade. I never did figure out where " three sisters" are cause I just didn't see anything scary about it.

Call me if u need to 8562838800

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Pianoman's Comment
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I am headed to NY....so following 80 a good bit of the way.

Once you get past Cheyenne it's boring as h***.

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Pianoman's Comment
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You can't go anywhere until the roads open and that could take two or three days..no lie. I've only been there twice and highways got shutdown in both directions on both trips

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I80 is currently open again but with black ice.

Call me if u need to 8562838800

Don't do it! Once she gets your number, Rainy will call you in the middle of the night, keep you on the phone for hours, and then blame you for keeping her up all night!!! I'm serious!

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Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Kat's Comment
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Thanks, Rainy! I will call and talk to them. Paul, I totally agree! Lots of flat nothingness.... LOL

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Yeah okay Mr. "I have to get off the phone but let me tell you what happened to me first" hahahha

U laugh we me you know it

6 string rhythm's Comment
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... I was eastbound, and saw traffic slowing due to a semi accident in front of me, so I got stopped well behind the truck in front of me. The person coming behind me wasn't paying attention I guess ...

You didn't mention it, not sure if you did this or not, but just a suggestion for the future. Anytime I see traffic abruptly slowing down or coming to a stop ahead of me (especially on a highway), to the extent that I will have to dramatically reduce speed, I will always throw on my hazards (4 way flasher lights). Most people understand when they see a truck flip on their hazards that they will need to get ready for a stop or to slow down.

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G-Town's Comment
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... I was eastbound, and saw traffic slowing due to a semi accident in front of me, so I got stopped well behind the truck in front of me. The person coming behind me wasn't paying attention I guess ...

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You didn't mention it, not sure if you did this or not, but just a suggestion for the future. Anytime I see traffic abruptly slowing down or coming to a stop ahead of me (especially on a highway), to the extent that I will have to dramatically reduce speed, I will always throw on my hazards (4 way flasher lights). Most people understand when they see a truck flip on their hazards that they will need to get ready for a stop or to slow down.

Absolutely a great point SixString and should be emphasized! One of the few times fellow motorists respect the truck driver and usually heed the warning.

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I just googled 'between Laramie and Cheyenne' and got info and photos from the cameras along the i80. Good luck, my husbands on the road too.

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