Wind Speed Chart

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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G-Town

Thanks for the chart. Where can we go to print it out? Also can you and the other experienced drivers give us new drivers some further advice about driving in high winds? Do you use this chart to determine when to get off the road?

Ryan Z.'s Comment
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I second Bruce’s question. I’m a new driver and I’m taking a load from IA to TX basically through the storm that’s coming across that area today. Weather app calls for 20-30mph wind with gust between 40-55mph pretty much sustained for the next 24-36 hours. The chart helps and I have a full load, I guess I’m just looking for how experienced drivers feel about those wind speeds in general.

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G-Town's Comment
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Ryan inquires...

I second Bruce’s question. I’m a new driver and I’m taking a load from IA to TX basically through the storm that’s coming across that area today. Weather app calls for 20-30mph wind with gust between 40-55mph pretty much sustained for the next 24-36 hours. The chart helps and I have a full load, I guess I’m just looking for how experienced drivers feel about those wind speeds in general.

The chart is self-explanatory and Swift guidance/policy. There is some discretion, but for me if sustained wind speed is 40mph with higher gusts and I’m empty, I’ll shut down. There have been several times dispatch was suspended at the DC until sustained wind speeds dropped to safer levels.

If your “full load” is close to or above 40,000 pounds, I’d run with it, but exercising extreme caution. Check to see what direction the wind is coming from. Cross winds are the most dangerous type to deal with. Drop your speed if necessary and firmly grip the wheel with both hands. If you are unsure, uncomfortable stop until the storms pass. No load is worth the risk of “laying it down”.

Be careful.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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