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RedGator's Comment
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So I just knew when I woke up this am I shoulda kept my butt in Rawlins, WY. But no I tried to make me way thru the blizzard to TX *sigh* My fearlessness definately works against me sometimes. I made in thru the ice in WY, the heavy snow drifts on the mountains, the 50+ mile winds, The snow in CO, decided to bypass.70 since it was closed and take 25 into NM because 511 said sunny skys after colorado springs, hit zero visibility about the 70, saw the chain law went into effect for Raton Pass so I pulled into the Acorn Travel Plaza at th 52 only to get stuck in the drive lane setting up to park cause theres 2ft of snow and a pothole underneath! A day in the life of a trucker. I cant wait to drop trailer 53666, its been nothing but bad luck since i got ig.

kayakngal's Comment
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That's a bummer. So, what are your options? Calling someone or waiting it out? I guess I'm curious about what you're supposed to do now? Well, look at the bright side at least your at a location where there's hot coffee, showers and food :)

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Yep. Sit back and wait for mother nature to do her worst. A few years ago I was shutdown in Cheyenne Wy. for four days due to bad weather and Sherman mountain being closed.

Special K, aka Kathy's Comment
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shocked.png Keep us posted Red...Good luck getting out of there, be safe is the most important thing! I am like Kayakngal, what do you do, call your company, the shipper?

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

crazy rebel's Comment
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Call ur company and let them know ur situation they will contact the shipper/rcvr

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

RedGator's Comment
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Well the receiver isn't an issue, not due til Monday and its going to our terminal so being alittle late isn't hear nor there. I wouldn't of minded being stuck except I was in the drive lane blocking cars but I said F*** and took my butt to bed. Trucker wokke me up about 8:30am I was blocking him and asked if I didn't mind if he helped me get out. Lime nope if you want I'm game so he poured salt all around my tires and viola I was ready to rock and roll. Since the still had the chain law in effect on Raton Pass I had to get creative and go on some back roads to get going. Talk about an adventure! I knew I shoulda kept my butt in Rawlins, WY til the storm passed but NoOOOOOO! I had to go drive IN the blizzard cause I couldn't see "wasting" a day of driving. One day I'm gonna learn M sure..........um well probably not but a girl can dream can't she? Kang, if the guy wouldn't have helped I would have called my company for a tow. I knew I shoulda picked up some kitty liitter. Oh well life goes on. I'm in TX now 2 hours away from my delivery only gonna be 2 hours late:)

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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One trick I have used over the years and it works well even in -20 weather of Cheyenne Wy. Even need to get traction use windshield wiper fluid. No kidding.It does work. It will either melt the ice or make it soft enough for your tires to break through it and get traction on the road surface underneath the ice. When i needed to use it there was almost an inch of ice on the ground. I had my brother buy some windshield wiper fluid while in the truck stop and since it was inside the truck stop the temp of the fluid was warm. It was warm enough to help melt the ice and the chemicals in the fluid kept the ice from refreezing and allowed me to get traction and get moving.

Basically one gallon bottle per drive axle set. 4 bottles total. So roughly $12 dollars to get me moving verses $500 dollars for a tow. Makes great sense to me.

Some will say "Let the company call a tow truck and save your money". That's great as long as they can. What I mean is there are times where certain states ,mid west and western states mostly, will have what they call "drive at your own risk" and "Not recommended for travel" days. Meaning if the weather is bad like snow and ice and they can't clear it fast enough and you choose to drive and get into a position that you need a wrecker to get you moving then you are screwed. They allow no wreckers out on the roads during these times and its totally up to YOU to get yourself moving. During these times I know talked to drivers that have decided to drive during these times and no matter how careful they were they still got stuck on ice. They have sat there waiting for help for 10 to 15 hours, depending on the area they were in, for help.

While kitty litter can work one thing to know is that most kitty litter is clay based. If for some reason it did not work the first time right when its put down it will absorb the the water on the ground and get slick as hell really fast.

So salt or windshield wiper fluid would be a better option then kitty litter.

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.

crazy rebel's Comment
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Dnt ya have chains ur to have chains wesT of Denver,co

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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Dnt ya have chains ur to have chains wesT of Denver,co

Yep you have to have chains WEST of Denver but The way she went it was south of Denver and even if chain laws are in effect its hard to get them on after the fact of getting stuck on ice. It can be done but not easily. And since she was off the road in relatively safe spot not sense putting them on to go a few feet if you done have to

crazy rebel's Comment
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Here's a trick of the trade ya dnt have to apply the chains just take one pair lay them down on the ground just hand pressed under the front set of drive tires and boom most cases ur drives will grab them and roll along with shuttle ease

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