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Serah D.'s Comment
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So you trained during summer, no one has taught you how to use/install chains for obvious reasons. I have read and heard truckers say if its snowy enough to use chains then they would rather be off the road. If you were never taught how to use them, and chains were required, what did you do?

Sambo's Comment
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Likely, there is someone at your terminal who can show you how. Some companies offer chain up classes. Either way, if you are at a terminal, just ask your TM if he or someone can show you.

Also, there are several YouTube videos that will show you how.

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.

Bud A.'s Comment
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It's really not hard once you do it -- if you're a kinesthetic learner like me. When you get stuck somewhere for a 34 away from home, go ahead and pull those chains out of the bag and put 'em on. Who cares if it's in Hesperia when it's 100 degrees outside? No one. Just do it, then you'll know you can when it's 10 degrees and snowing on Donner.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Eric G.'s Comment
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Prime has a training video. And my trainer taught me how to do them in California in about 90+ degree heat. It sucked.

There is a right way to do it, so if you watch a video make sure to pay close attention. The chains have to be aligned s certain way or you could ruin your tires or worse.

Also I hear that other drivers usually help out at the chain up areas. Maybe not all but some will show you the ropes.

G-Town's Comment
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Serah, not to worry Swift conducts chaining classes at most of their terminals. Ask your DM about this and request to be included in one of them.

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.

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.
Serah D.'s Comment
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Thanks ya'll. I will definitely ask at the terminals for a lesson.

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.

Diver Driver's Comment
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Very good lesson learned this past winter...was on Snoqualmie, and got caught in a chain up situation. Just remember....the cables Prime give you are 2 sizes. 1 set for the few trailers that have doubles. And the other size for super singles..... They don't give you the wrong size cables / chains. I would SERIOUSLY consider auto socks. Me personally..... I'll be off the road. Once is enough for me

Super Singles:

A single, wide wheel substituted for a tandem (two wheel) assembly. The main benefit of a super single is a reduction in weight and lower rolling resistance which provide better fuel economy. The disadvantage is the lack of tire redundancy (or a 'backup tire' in case of a blowout) from which tandem wheels benefit. A tire blowout is more dangerous with a super single and can not be driven on.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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