What Would You Do? (Icy Roads)

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Cwc's Comment
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Had this experience a couple of years ago in Michigan I believe. The roads were elevated on bridge type platforms. Several lanes either direction. Everyone just kinda started sliding and coming to a halt. I got to the far left lane and put my tires on the rumble strip.

After that I got to watch the oncoming traffic do the same thing except they had a steady stream of people that were in to big of a hurry and had to go. So 1 by 1 you could watch cars get a good slide going and slam into a jersey wall, either the one in the middle or the one on the far side of me. After a good couple of hours a salt shaker showed up and we got moving again.

But I'll never forget people watching others wreck and then deciding they can do better on an ice covered embankment in a turn.

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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That FedEx driver ended up getting stopped down at the Floristan, CA exit. He had no air to the 2d trailer. I was running cans to TraPac at the Port in Oakland CA and sitting at the 76 in Dutch Flats. I was fortunate to have run out of hours, so didn't have to chain and go. Laura

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.

PlanB's Comment
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Last night I was on 94 heading from Chicago up to Milwaukee. It was snowing but nothing out of the ordinary. I was moving along at about 35-40mph comfortably. Just 10 miles from my stopping point my windshield wipers started accumulating ice rapidly, and no amount of hot air on the windshield was making a difference. Within a minute my windshield was completely iced over and I had to look out my passenger side window to see how close to the roadside barrier I was while I slowly nudged the truck closer and felt for the edge of the road. I broke all the ice and cleared of my windshield and wipers, then got moving again. Immediately the ice began building up quickly and I had to pull over again within 2 miles as my windshield was again nearly completely blocked. During those last 10 miles I pulled over 4 times to clear ice and just crept along slowly between stoppages in anticipation of losing visitability. I saw many spun out cars on the side of or in the middle of the road I saw during those final miles. No way I was going to risk parking on the shoulder for the storm. Just chugged along at 10-15 mph until I reached a safe place to park. Have been in seemingly worse winter storms and never had ice build up like that.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

PackRat's Comment
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That's the same stuff I watched near Joliet when I parked early. Got up the first time this morning at 0100 and everything had ice on it.

Matt M.'s Comment
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That's a tough situation, if I saw somewhere safe to chain up I would (a regular interstate shoulder would not be safe enough) so I could limp off at the first exit. Would try to make it to the exit very carefully if I was in that situation. Ice is tricky though, if you go too slow you are going to be stuck in short order.

If you have a cb and see a salt shaker, holler at em and they'll help you get off. Most of them run radios.

Interstate:

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

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