Snowing....and Now Scared

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Farmerbob1's Comment
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G-Town, I have to object to the suggestion that the Jake should be used in any sort of icy/wet conditions.

The Jake bypasses your ABS system, since it is based on engine mechanics.

If the road is even the least bit questionable, the Jake should be disengaged, and left off.

G-Town's Comment
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G-Town, I have to object to the suggestion that the Jake should be used in any sort of icy/wet conditions.

The Jake bypasses your ABS system, since it is based on engine mechanics.

If the road is even the least bit questionable, the Jake should be disengaged, and left off.

I said, "if you use it", use it in low and only while the service brake is being applied. Never recommended it being used.

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My husband had to take i-20 up to Worland last night. He lost traction twice. Once hitting a patch of ice going up over a pass. Recovered quickly taking his foot off the gas. Second time coming down, slowing for a curve, started to trailer jack knife with a car coming the other way. He quickly recovered with his heart pounding up in his throat, but please, tell him to shut off that jakebrake. He'll listen to you.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

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

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OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

John M.'s Comment
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Down load this app it will give you a detail description of the mountain pass and grades http://www.mountaindirectory.com/ It takes all the guessing out of it

Be safe John Miller

Rick S.'s Comment
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Down load this app it will give you a detail description of the mountain pass and grades http://www.mountaindirectory.com/ It takes all the guessing out of it

Be safe John Miller

Recent join - 1st post. SPAM?

The app costs $$ - $25 for East & West.

I know it might be a useful tool - you could have posted the cost and a short review if you're using it.

Rick

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Scrolling down the page i found MDOT and it had some good info. So i googled WYDOT and it had everything. Including cameras facing the rest stops. Assuming each state has this and it is free.

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.

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Check this ohttp://map.wyoroad.info/wtimapj/lo.htmlut. I hope this comes out ok. Each state DOT website has their own road conditions with traffic cams.

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.

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Http://map.wyoroad.info/wtimapj/lo.html

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

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

Just a word of caution about Nebraska and Iowa, especially Nebraska. The relief you'll feel from being out of the hills and on flat stretches can fool you. Nebraska gets black ice, too, and I've seen plenty of trucks on their sides in the medians on those long slow curves. It's been snowing north of there, so I don't know that you'll run into any bad conditions this trip, but lots of drivers get fooled into thinking that flat=safe=hammer down. Don't fall for it!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Kat's Comment
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So far in NE, roads have been dry and winds manageable. The storm that dropped all that snow hit more north of 80 so thankfully things are good. Had a few oh crap moments last night when looking for a place to shut down though. Rest areas were nothing but solid sheets of ice, and I almost got stuck trying to come out of a truck stop on a big patch of black ice that I failed to notice going in. Just this little bit of winter has made me question my decision to drive a truck.... I love being out here, but my confidence is not where it needs to be. I'm definitely not a wuss, but it worries me that I don't think I could chain up if I needed to...not sure how to do it and can't even lift the bag with the chains in them. I believe a healthy level of fear is a good thing, but I find myself worrying (and dreaming) about things that may never happen to me. Is this just normal rookie fear talking, you think?

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