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Paul K.'s Comment
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Just watching some videos of some tractor/trailers being blown over by strong crosswinds. How many of you have experienced this? What is your course of action as you're traveling through these high wind areas?

Matt M.'s Comment
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This chart is a pretty good rule of thumb, but any time any weather conditions are beyond your capabilities shut it down and inform dispatch.

That said you will definitely be uncomfortable while you are still learning to handle a truck and trailer in adverse conditions. Hell, I still get uncomfortable in high winds with light trailers.

Also pay attention to other trucks, you can often see a nasty gust coming when it hits the truck in front of you. If you see ltl doubles that are traditionally lighter doing okay (FedEx, ups, etc), you are probably fine with a moderately loaded 53 footer. Things like that.


Less Than Truckload

Refers to carriers that make a lot of smaller pickups and deliveries for multiple customers as opposed to hauling one big load of freight for one customer. This type of hauling is normally done by companies with terminals scattered throughout the country where freight is sorted before being moved on to its destination.

LTL carriers include:

  • FedEx Freight
  • Con-way
  • YRC Freight
  • UPS
  • Old Dominion
  • Estes
  • Yellow-Roadway
  • ABF Freight
  • R+L Carrier


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.

Matt M.'s Comment
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Paul K.'s Comment
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Thanks for the chart Matt! I copied and pasted that bad boy into my notes for future reference. Have a good night...stay safe!

Joseph L.'s Comment
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When I was doing my over the road training with CRST. We got a load going from Kansas to California. I was driving, beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky , the temperature was in the low 80's. Almost no traffic around, pretty much perfect driving conditions and then Kaboom! This gust of wind hit the passenger side of the truck and trailer and pushed over into the left lane and partially into the medium Praise God no one was beside me. It was a nerve wracking experience. I thought for certain we were going to roll.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Speaking had winds all day until I finished 11 hours driving from Dallas all the way into Alabama jeeeze my hands are numb hahaha........

Also every dang 25 states I been to or thru has tons of road work and reconstruction goin on must be spending them Fed tax dollars up before end of fiscal budgets!!

MC1371's Comment
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Thank you!!! Been looking for that chart for awhile

Jay G.'s Comment
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This is good information to know. For trying to stay ahead of wind, what is the recommended course of action? I would imagine as you're trip planning, you'll consider the weather on your route.

Are there any app suggestions for doing this?

Dave in Tulsa's Comment
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This is good information to know. For trying to stay ahead of wind, what is the recommended course of action? I would imagine as you're trip planning, you'll consider the weather on your route.

Are there any app suggestions for doing this?

I have the Windfinder app on my phone.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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Major KUDOS go out to our man, G'Town... on this one. I printed and laminated this for my husband when Mr. G first posted it... kinda hard to find on a phone hands free. He keeps it in his permit notebook, and abides. Doesn't matter what the 'home office' winds are; that chart is the bomb'diggity.

Thanks again, @GTown. (shared it with a few of our other trucker pals, as well!)

Be safe, drivers. Amazing chart, yep~!

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