What Would You Do? (Icy Roads)

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Hey Rob, Sorry, No, Not immediately! I wouldn’t chance getting stuck on the shoulder or worse, hit. I should have said crawl to next safe place and wait for salters but I figured that was common knowledge!

That's what I thought you meant but just wanted to clarify. Neither option available isn't the greatest but you gotta pick the lesser of 2 evils. Most times being aware of the weather and trip planning around it will prevent being in these situations but as Turtle, Bobcat and I experienced sometimes they just pop up out of no where.

Delco Dave's Comment
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Being a landscaper, I have a lot of ice driving experience! I’m the guy who has to go put the salt and calcium down for everybody.

Auggie69's Comment
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If you found yourself in a situation where the roads suddenly became iced over, would you continue until you found a safe place (in this case 5-10 miles only doing 5-10 mph) or would you pull over immediately and park on the shoulder? The key is to avoid finding yourself in this situation, but even with how I was watching the forecast the sudden drop in temp wasnt expected. It was 35 degrees and rain and within a half hour it was 25 and everything was a skating rink.

With us: Get stuck = Preventable

Pull over due to conditions = OK

Joseph I.'s Comment
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I live just south of Clear Lake, IA so drive some of the same roads as you. It would have to be impassible ahead for me to want to pull over to the shoulder. I feel there is to much danger of being hit from behind or getting in a situation where you are stuck and need a tow. In Iowa at least if you need a place to park you are not usually to far from someplace a lot safer than the shoulder.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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I still have to deliver the groceries because Sysco don't care

Goner's Comment
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I still have to deliver the groceries because Sysco don't care

Then you need to find another employer because if get that preventable on your DAC & they fire you for it, who else is going to.hire you? Quite the dilemma your in but it always a choice we make. Dont know how many options are available to you in your area but I pray that you never have to face that consequence. Stay safe.

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

andhe78's Comment
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I still have to deliver the groceries because Sysco don't care

Lol, same here with this outfit-someone’s got to get fuel to the plow trucks.

Yuuyo Y.'s Comment
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I still have to deliver the groceries because Sysco don't care

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Then you need to find another employer because if get that preventable on your DAC & they fire you for it, who else is going to.hire you? Quite the dilemma your in but it always a choice we make. Dont know how many options are available to you in your area but I pray that you never have to face that consequence. Stay safe.

Being in the union allows us 3 preventables per year

DAC:

Drive-A-Check Report

A truck drivers DAC report will contain detailed information about their job history of the last 10 years as a CDL driver (as required by the DOT).

It may also contain your criminal history, drug test results, DOT infractions and accident history. The program is strictly voluntary from a company standpoint, but most of the medium-to-large carriers will participate.

Most trucking companies use DAC reports as part of their hiring and background check process. It is extremely important that drivers verify that the information contained in it is correct, and have it fixed if it's not.

Jeremy's Comment
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Dont ya love it turtle something about this part of the mohawk valley really attracts the worst weather even worse when ya climb the mountain where i live in caroga it can be a whole different world up here

Rubber Duck's Comment
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This doubles driver wasn’t going to sit on the shoulder in icy conditions. I don’t think I would of done this. Nope.

Doubles:

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.

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