Why You Slow Down When You Can't See Very Far Ahead

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Errol V.'s Comment
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A semi truck driver thinks "regular speed" is okay in fog:
Video captures truck losing control at foggy Texas accident scene, leaving 2 hurt

A basic rule, boys and girls, is Drive what you see. Manage your speed so that you could stop in the distance you see in front of you. For the same reason that you GOAL as you back a trailer, Assume nothing if you can't see it.

Rob T.'s Comment
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That video is terrifying! That could have turned out much worse.

Howard B.'s Comment
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A semi truck driver thinks "regular speed" is okay in fog:
Video captures truck losing control at foggy Texas accident scene, leaving 2 hurt

A basic rule, boys and girls, is Drive what you see. Manage your speed so that you could stop in the distance you see in front of you. For the same reason that you GOAL as you back a trailer, Assume nothing if you can't see it.

I don't even think regular speed is OK for fog in an automobile. Along the coast of California, Highway 35 Skyline Blvd., it was so foggy I had to stop the car on the side of the road and get out to look around to see where the I-280 on-ramp north was in Daly City back in 1992. I put my flashers on slowing to a crawl. I had no fog-lights on my 1988 Firebird Formula.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

RealDiehl's Comment
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Excellently timed post, Errol. Just woke up to take over my shift on i-80 near Grand Island, NE and saw we are in the midst of foggy weather. Thanks for the reminder to slow it down!

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Rubber Duck's Comment
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Why would that 4 wheeler shoot infront of a semi like that.

Tony G.'s Comment
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Never out-drive your headlights. This goes for ALL vehicles. Remember whenever your wipers are on, headlights need to be on too. I see all sorts of drivers in inclement weather not running their lights on. P.S. I am tentatively scheduled to begin training for my CDL through Wilson Logistics in Missoula MT. on January 13, 2020.

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.
JuiceBox's Comment
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Why would that 4 wheeler shoot infront of a semi like that.

Probably didn't see the truck coming up due to fog and was trying to change lanes because they were slowing down due to the accident or whatever was on the side of the road. The truck didn't have headlights on either which is stupid in those conditions. No accident if that truck slows down in the fog

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Errol V.'s Comment
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I just re-watched the video. I didn't see vehicle shoot out. The pickup & trailer was being motioned to pull forward and to the right of the roadway. Then the semi bowls in.

Also, watch and you'll see a person jump into the white pickup parked to the left of the screen. He got trapped inside, injured. Rescuers used the Jaws of Life to extricate him.

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