That Wyoming Wind Is Terrifying!

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Harvest's Comment
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Been awhile since I posted here, been doing allot of covid loads from New York to California and back. And holy moley I never knew how windy it could get out west! On I-80 in Wyoming there was a “extreme rollover risk” advisory and 75mph wind gusts. I ended up getting caught in it and I never had a scarier moment trucking so far. I drove in it a bit driving pretty slow with my hazards on. I don’t get how some of these truckers are just flying down the road doing 70 mph in such wind. I passed 3 other semis that were rolled over in a ditch and then I just parked it on a off ramp for it to calm down. Definitely the most stressful day of driving I think I’ve ever had.

PackRat's Comment
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Do Not Drive In High Winds!

I-80 was shut down more than 80 times in different parts of WY last winter for wind, ice, snow, and pileups.

If it's gusting around 40 mph or above, you need to be looking for parking ASAP.

*Don't be a stranger*

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.

Harvest's Comment
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Do Not Drive In High Winds!

I-80 was shut down more than 80 times in different parts of WY last winter for wind, ice, snow, and pileups.

If it's gusting around 40 mph or above, you need to be looking for parking ASAP.

*Don't be a stranger*

I definitely will pull over sooner next time. I’ve been watching videos of that pile up that happened a few years back on I-80 in Wyoming. Obviously allot of those trucks were going way too fast. But it still makes me nervous to be doing my first winter driving across I-80 this year....

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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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I almost ran into another driver last year in Nebraska on I-80 in the snow. That driver was in the center lane, doing 20 mph, with his flashers on. The other half dozen trucks I was with were all doing 55 safely and comfortably, and we were all spaced out by about 10 seconds following distance.

The guy that was crawling was the problem because he was going too slowly, which can be just as bad as moving along too fast.

If it gets where I need to go 40 mph for a sustained hour driving, it's time to park. I'll wait for either the weather to clear, or the plows to do their thing.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Harvest's Comment
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I almost ran into another driver last year in Nebraska on I-80 in the snow. That driver was in the center lane, doing 20 mph, with his flashers on. The other half dozen trucks I was with were all doing 55 safely and comfortably, and we were all spaced out by about 10 seconds following distance.

The guy that was crawling was the problem because he was going too slowly, which can be just as bad as moving along too fast.

If it gets where I need to go 40 mph for a sustained hour driving, it's time to park. I'll wait for either the weather to clear, or the plows to do their thing.

I think the snow sketches me out because my only experience driving through snow is my old 2wd pickup truck. All I do is slide around corners in the snow haha.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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I think the snow sketches me out because my only experience driving through snow is my old 2wd pickup truck. All I do is slide around corners in the snow haha.

Id take snow any day of the week and twice on Sundays over ice.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Stevo Reno's Comment
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Oklahoma wasnt no fun yeah only 25 mph but with only 9000 in the box.....Stopped at our OKC yard til got lighter bout 4 hours...

Next 700 Fila load was only 3400 pounds of sneakers lol glad no winds.

3rd load under now is XPO of 40k in the box. Winds thru Indiana and Illinois were 30+ and as heavy as we are, I had to keep both hands on the wheel still !! NMex/Az not so bad. Nearly at the finish line by morning

Jakester's Comment
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Shut down last night in Rawlings, was gusting pretty damn bad, nothing in that box in worth your life, it’s our responsibility to make the call and do what’s best, Last 3 trips has been the same, running Chicago to Portland turnarounds and 80 in wyoming is always crapshoot, anything over 40 I will not do elk, not worth it, get the 511 app and listen to the notifications, wdot puts up any news, trust it completely, they know what there talking about, well 640 today and finally in Omaha going to bed, be safe all....

Been awhile since I posted here, been doing allot of covid loads from New York to California and back. And holy moley I never knew how windy it could get out west! On I-80 in Wyoming there was a “extreme rollover risk” advisory and 75mph wind gusts. I ended up getting caught in it and I never had a scarier moment trucking so far. I drove in it a bit driving pretty slow with my hazards on. I don’t get how some of these truckers are just flying down the road doing 70 mph in such wind. I passed 3 other semis that were rolled over in a ditch and then I just parked it on a off ramp for it to calm down. Definitely the most stressful day of driving I think I’ve ever had.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Jordens C.'s Comment
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Have at least 40k in the box and slide the 5th wheel and tandems up towards the truck then it isn't so bad but yeah I almost rolled over going 75 empty too, the fear is immense.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Harvest's Comment
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Oklahoma wasnt no fun yeah only 25 mph but with only 9000 in the box.....Stopped at our OKC yard til got lighter bout 4 hours...

Next 700 Fila load was only 3400 pounds of sneakers lol glad no winds.

3rd load under now is XPO of 40k in the box. Winds thru Indiana and Illinois were 30+ and as heavy as we are, I had to keep both hands on the wheel still !! NMex/Az not so bad. Nearly at the finish line by morning

I drove through Indiana and Illinois the other day too, and your not lyin. Hands were 9 and 3 almost the whole time. Plus it seems the entire state of Indiana is a construction zone on 70.

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