Sobering Winter Weather

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Ronald M.'s Comment
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I'm actually a bit scared of a loaded tractor in snow.

Be scared of an unloaded trailer. Less weight gives you less grip and traction easier to jacknife and slide.

PackRat's Comment
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Well, being I'll be with a trainer in January...wondering if this was a right choice, but hey...I can be a sponge & listen. I'm actually a bit scared of a loaded tractor in snow.

The heavier the trailer, the better. Empty trailers are a nightmare in the snow. We park if it’s ice covered roads.

ICE = No Go.

SNOW = Slowly Navigate Or Wait.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Well, being I'll be with a trainer in January...wondering if this was a right choice, but hey...I can be a sponge & listen. I'm actually a bit scared of a loaded tractor in snow.

Empty would be worse!

Cold for training sux! I figure I need to learn to drive in snow. Personally I prefer to do it WITH a trainer than on my own.

JB Hunt trainer asked how I felt about driving in the snow. I said I didn't want to lose my CDL and end my career in my 2nd week or so. I said I wasn't sure if that answered the question or not. He said it did and it was fine because he had NO INTENTION of letting me drive in about 5 or 6" that soon. He just wanted to see what I would say!

Coming back he attempted to climb (and backed down) "The Hill" about 6 or so times before waiting for LEO to help him back and the plow to clear it. At the bottom of the hill in the "leg of the dog" (dog leg turn) was (and still is) a gas station with pumps very close to the road.

Could have taken out most of a small town!

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Hoping to get some experience this time, but only if the risk is reasonable!

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CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Deadly Ohio I-80 Accidents: [Realities of Trucking]

Thats my video. and yeah i am.still upset.

Big Tex's Comment
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Thanks PackRat. I'll definitely hold that close to heart. I'm kinda excited, yet scared lol. We kinda went over the weights and empty vs loaded in class, but ilI feel either way could be a nightmare. Luckily I naturally drive around the speed limit, so going slow is fine by me. I wouldn't want someone to risk my family's life on the road, so I'll respect the others and would rather wait if need be or go slower.

James J.'s Comment
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Got a 630 am delivery in Watertown Ny tomorrow.

I’m from about 30 minutes south of there. You’re right, it’s going to be very cold in the morning. Watch out for black ice too

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Being new glad I left Cedar Rapids just before the snow 11 days ago.....That blackice stuff spooked me on I-80 then lol.

Week or so before driving thru Kansas at night, during strong winds and blinding rain, just as my trainer was going to bed.....Jokingly I said wow!! Now all we need is hail and a tornado Dorothy......Well hour or so later I got side blowing hail only. So told him later he missed it but no tornado whewwww....pfffft I was driving 15 under speed limits.....Weather is NO joke and scary at times.....gotta respect the equipment and roadways......

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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CDL Life is reporting 125 vehicles were involved in multiple pile ups. i swear i saw every one of them.

was scary and very sad. people definitely died.

I was at the Towpath service area on I-80 Eastbound got there late Monday night. I'm doing a delivery right now at Salem Ohio and I knew the storm was coming so I just hung out yesterday. Was showering and doing laundry when a couple drivers came in and said what a mess. They said traffic was backed up for over three and a half hours. I saw an Atlas Van Lines truck still in the ditch behind the guardrail as I was driving this morning. Roads are in good shape. That's why if you just get off the road and let them do their job you can travel safely.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
Junkyard Dog's Comment
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Deadly Ohio I-80 Accidents: [Realities of Trucking]

Thats my video. and yeah i am.still upset.

Great video. One thing I'm going to say is specially for new drivers is it's not worth your life or your license or someone else's life. When you feel uncomfortable get off the road. Last year when I was a newbie I was concerned my dispatcher would be disappointed if I didn't tough it out. Boy was that a dumb idea. As Kearsey said it becomes Carnage out there. And I've seen enough of it. Take it slow until you can get off the road safely.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

Dispatcher:

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.
Noob_Driver's Comment
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Made it to my appt about 45 minutes early but theyre closed and I could care less! 90 was a bit dicy before Syracuse and 81N was great for the most part. Single digits up here so i dont think i got over 50..... Just plodded along smooth and slow.

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Reciever is a back off the street which i knew because I looked at the satellite prior. With all this snow and ice and 4° temperature i had 3 people fly by me on the right while i was kinked and backing in sight side! While i was creeping back i had another truck coming towards me who stopped and put on his flashers and got out to stop traffic and scream at the passerbys which made me smile a bit. I thanked him for his well placed words of wisdom for the 4 wheelers.

Another beer distributor with an indoor dock.... Apparently super tight.... Reviews said try not to have trailer tails..... Oops. My tails are filled with snow so i spent 15 minutes trying to scrape the snow and ice off. Should be interesting.

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