To Ease Your Mind About Winter Driving...

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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I am bumping this cause a few newbies are concerned about winter approaching

Donna M.'s Comment
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I’m not concerned! I m horrified! Wish I could twitch my nose and it would go away!

PackRat's Comment
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Head up to Montana this weekend to get a head start on winter driving techniques. Lots of opportunities, according to the weather forecast.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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I’m not concerned! I m horrified! Wish I could twitch my nose and it would go away!

I’m with you, LOL.

The thought of going up and down the Massachusetts hills every week for 4 months of winter is making me anxious.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Bumping this instead of creating a new thread to help our newcomers see proof that our safety is more important than a load. I just crawled into bed and heard my phone go off. The VP of transportation at my company sent all drivers a text message (5PM on a SUNDAY) that said

Gentlemen, if you are heading into snowy weather tonight, remember, your safety is first. If you are delayed please let us know.

we always receive messages like this any time weather is bad. Last week when there was a 50 vehicle pileup he also called all drivers that went that direction to ensure we were all safe and warn us to help ensure we wouldn't be involved in any secondary accidents. When I chose my route for tomorrow I had 12 choices. All 12 were going to the Kansas City area because the senior drivers didnt want to deal with snow. I have 1 stop going to Lee summit then sit for likely 4 hours waiting in Blue Springs for the shipper of my backhaul to show up for work. Great time to be hourly. Anyways, routes scheduled to leave des moines at midnight. I'll wake up and check the MO Dot app and if roads still look crummy I'll call work and let them know I'll be in at 2am, and bump it back again if needed but shouldn't need to as snow should end about 7pm and start again around 10am as I'm headed back home. We've been instructed to inform VP if ANYBODY tries to make us go if we don't feel it's safe to do so as our safety is #1. As you can see in the previous replies of this thread we drive for many different carriers and there is a common theme. No load is worth wrecking equipment or more importantly, your life. Be safe out there everyone, Winter got an early start.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yep we get those on the QC company wide across the country (mass message)......Going thru WY 2 weeks ago they wantedus to shut down for little winds of like 20-30 BUT we had a bad storm coming up behind us.... So we pushed thru the winds, to not be trapped when storm caught up. I-80 between Cheyenne and Rawlins.....Now IF the winds were worse we woulda shut down.....But it all worked out, we missed that storm whewww

Tuesday before Thanksgiving, I shut down on 395 S about 45 miles above Bishop, snow was too bad to see and road covered, driving blind NOT! But woke to a pile up 3 feet deep from plows (parked in last chain up spot too).....Well, my co-driver got impatient, tried get us out in morning, after I told him leave it alone!.....He jack-knifes the tractor axles into edge of asphalt, into the dirt, and churns wheels way too fast, only to dig into a rut, getting us stuck worse !! I'm tossing chains under the wheels hoping they bite ti get unstuck. No luck and again he is spinning the wheels making the tires smoke on the chains....I yelled at him to just stop and leave s**t alone !

Right before the tow truck came to winch us out, AGAIN he tries to back us out, getting us now WORSE off, trailer end is in the lane now twisted into a 45 degree angle !!......Dude won't listen to me and just relax ! So we get winched out, tow guy is gunna show us how to chain up 1 wheel n go. So I climb aboard, get $40 out to give him for helping us get moving...Reluctantly he takes it, and then proceeds to help chain all 6 wheels as he is having my Co slap em over the tires, I already tossed 2 sets.....

Once we got below Bishop the road was clear and easy....Too bad the 3 CalTrans plows ON the mountain didn't do such a good job on the roads, besides scraping it down to about 1/2" of shiney ice on the roads blacktop

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Bumping this instead of creating a new thread to help our newcomers see proof that our safety is more important than a load. I just crawled into bed and heard my phone go off. The VP of transportation at my company sent all drivers a text message (5PM on a SUNDAY) that said

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Gentlemen, if you are heading into snowy weather tonight, remember, your safety is first. If you are delayed please let us know.

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we always receive messages like this any time weather is bad. Last week when there was a 50 vehicle pileup he also called all drivers that went that direction to ensure we were all safe and warn us to help ensure we wouldn't be involved in any secondary accidents. When I chose my route for tomorrow I had 12 choices. All 12 were going to the Kansas City area because the senior drivers didnt want to deal with snow. I have 1 stop going to Lee summit then sit for likely 4 hours waiting in Blue Springs for the shipper of my backhaul to show up for work. Great time to be hourly. Anyways, routes scheduled to leave des moines at midnight. I'll wake up and check the MO Dot app and if roads still look crummy I'll call work and let them know I'll be in at 2am, and bump it back again if needed but shouldn't need to as snow should end about 7pm and start again around 10am as I'm headed back home. We've been instructed to inform VP if ANYBODY tries to make us go if we don't feel it's safe to do so as our safety is #1. As you can see in the previous replies of this thread we drive for many different carriers and there is a common theme. No load is worth wrecking equipment or more importantly, your life. Be safe out there everyone, Winter got an early start.

I've been in snow for the past 4 days, and I-29 coming south to KC from Nebraska has been the worst.

Be careful, Rob.

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.

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rob T.'s Comment
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Packrat says

I've been in snow for the past 4 days, and I-29 coming south to KC from Nebraska has been the worst.

Be careful, Rob.

dang that's rough. I35 wasnt too bad on my way in I was able to do 55 most of the way (just wet) but once i got to 435 in KC only did 35. It didn't even look like it was touched. Shipper was here when I showed up at 6 so I'll be heading back soon. Please take this crappy weather with you! Be safe, sounds like the interstates have a ton of spinouts.

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.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

PackRat's Comment
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I was on I-29 to I-435 around 0400. It was hardly touched, so I'm glad there was very little traffic.

I've seen more trucks wrecked in the past four days than in the last four years.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Indy was bad this morning around 3 am. Lots of snow and ice. I counted 4 trucks and at least three times as many cars just from columbus in on 65 up to the 465 loop. Supposed to be worse tonight.

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