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PackRat's Comment
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There was also an article yesterday on CDLLIFE, with several photos of rigs on their sides. One of our Crete drivers was blown over, too.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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There was also an article yesterday on CDLLIFE, with several photos of rigs on their sides. One of our Crete drivers was blown over, too.

The most bizarre thing is trucks parked at rest stops and truck stops even blew over!

Anybody know if that situation of being parked in a normally safe place would have a negative impact on a drivers record?

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.
Tortuga 's Comment
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The most bizarre thing is trucks parked at rest stops and truck stops even blew over!

Anybody know if that situation of being parked in a normally safe place would have a negative impact on a drivers record?

Well Rob i've been a police officer in Waco Texas for the last 33 years and we wouldnt work a truck or any vehicle blown over by high winds as a traffic crash since it is considered an act of God, not a typical crash. So i dont see how it would show on your CDL as a wreck. Just my two cents.

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.
Rob T.'s Comment
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If the vehicle is in motion it's still considered a preventable. There is usually warning of high winds but in this particular wind event it knocked out the systems in place to warn drivers of issues on the interstate. We had a guy here a while back that had a tornado come out of no where that caused his truck to roll. He kept his job. In this industry a rollover is almost always a career killer so its surprising you guys didnt handle it as such.

I seen the state patrol at our yard today looking over the truck of ours that rolled yesterday doing a report on it. I'm not sure if our driver will be out of a job given how it had nearly zero warning and came out of no where.

Interstate:

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

Tortuga 's Comment
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Yeah, the state boys are a bit different ....

Tortuga 's Comment
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Accidentally hit submit. My first comment was in reference to parked trucks., sorry i should have specified.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Accidentally hit submit. My first comment was in reference to parked trucks., sorry i should have specified.

Ahhh that makes sense! I dont see how it could possibly hurt a drivers record if they had been pulled off in a safe, legal place but I don't know for sure how a company views that. That is definitely an act of god and shouldn't go against them.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

midnight fox's Comment
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A tip I read when it comes to high wind situations is to try to park at as close to a 90 degree angle as you can, pointing in the oncoming direction.

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