Seriously Am I Wrong For Shutting Down

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Georgia Mike's Comment
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So i left OKC around 130 am and drove 40 west for about 6 hrs 4 of them in the snow. Shut down outside of Amarillo aroubd 730am. Everytime i looked at live maps most areas were red especially gallup new mexico. I got alot of flack for "being scared", lazy, all that crap. What do yall think was i wrong for shutting down due to me not feeling safe to drive?

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Rob T.'s Comment
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Who gave you flack for your decision? Your company? Other drivers? If its the latter ignore em. They'll be the same idiots running their mouth on the CB if you go in the ditch.

Your safety is the most important. This is your first winter if im not mistaken. Take it slow and park it when you don't feel safe to continue. They may have much more experience than you do and are much more comfortable. You did the right thing even without taking the pic into account. The pic doesn't show what the road conditions were like, traffic level and several other factors.

Jammer a's Comment
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Who gave you flack for your decision? Your company? Other drivers? If its the latter ignore em. They'll be the same idiots running their mouth on the CB if you go in the ditch.

Your safety is the most important. This is your first winter if im not mistaken. Take it slow and park it when you don't feel safe to continue. They may have much more experience than you do and are much more comfortable. You did the right thing even without taking the pic into account. The pic doesn't show what the road conditions were like, traffic level and several other factors.

Jammer a's Comment
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Lol tried to upload a pic but it didn’t work you weren’t wrong bro I shut dow too and so did all the vets some dudes chained up and 1 ended up in the ditch if your not comfortable don’t do it that’s what you told me and I wont

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Who gave you flack for your decision? Your company? Other drivers? If its the latter ignore em. They'll be the same idiots running their mouth on the CB if you go in the ditch.

Your safety is the most important. This is your first winter if im not mistaken. Take it slow and park it when you don't feel safe to continue. They may have much more experience than you do and are much more comfortable. You did the right thing even without taking the pic into account. The pic doesn't show what the road conditions were like, traffic level and several other factors.

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Rob D.'s Comment
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Georgia Mike I was on 1-40 yesterday in some icy conditions in New Mexico.. Traffic was at a standstill because a truck had stopped in left lane. Drivers on the CB said it was because he got scared and just stopped. All the supertruckers were ranting on the CB about how the other drivers don't know how to drive in the snow. I was on the side of the road for 2 hours with a lot of other trucks. When I decided to start rolling again some driver on the CB says " two jacknifed trucks at exit 42" I bet you dollars to donuts it was the super truckers that jacknifed like one of the guys who said "I'm 79,000 lbs and I aint worried about nothing."

You are the captain of your ship. IMO the fact that you are unsure about your decision means you made the right choice. If you are not confident in your driving skill in those conditions shut down.

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PackRat's Comment
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Good call.

PJ's Comment
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Right decision. Anyone that says different is an idiot. You do what your comfortable with at your experience level. Stay safe always!!!!

Navypoppop's Comment
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Georgia Mike,

Good call on your part. Don't be intimidated by anyone who thinks they are the world's greatest driver. None of us is even close to the best maybe more confident or experienced. You will become more sure of yourself as you progress in your career. You made the right choice and never let any "highway hero" try and shame you into anything. Your safety and that of others is what matters. As you found out here on TT you will have the support of the best drivers and mentors anywhere. Keep up the good work.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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do yall think was i wrong for shutting down due to me not feeling safe to drive?

Two points to keep in mind:

1) No one has ever been wrong for shutting down when they felt it was unsafe to continue. I mean that. That's what you must do. Everyone has different levels of comfort based on experience, outlook, and circumstances. You must do what you feel is right for you at this moment. Maybe another time you would have kept going, maybe not. But this isn't another time. This is now. Do what your instincts tell you to do. When you feel unsafe, park it.

2) Never have the road conditions or weather been so terrible that no one would take a shot at it. Someone will get out there and give it hell, sometimes because no one else wants to. Do not wait until you feel enough people have decided to pull over that it makes it ok for you. Do not be influenced by those who ridicule you for your decision. Do what your instincts tell you to do. Trust yourself.

Remember, there will always be someone who is convinced they're doing the right thing, even though they're using poor judgment. Don't let them sucker you into making bad decisions.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Rick S.'s Comment
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Georgia Mike,

Good call on your part. Don't be intimidated by anyone who thinks they are the world's greatest driver. None of us is even close to the best maybe more confident or experienced. You will become more sure of yourself as you progress in your career. You made the right choice and never let any "highway hero" try and shame you into anything. Your safety and that of others is what matters. As you found out here on TT you will have the support of the best drivers and mentors anywhere. Keep up the good work.

"Highway Bro" or dispatcher. Let NO ONE COERCE YOU into operating in what YOU BELIEVE TO BE UNSAFE CONDITIONS.

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And from the looks of things, you made the right call and have every justification for doing so.

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And the day ain't looking much better. So hunker down and wait until IT IS SAFE.

No one says a truck CANNOT OPERATE in this kind of weather - but whether the DRIVER BELIEVES it is safe to continue.

And any "bad outcomes", especially with a weather warning up - are 100% ON THE DRIVER!

Good call...

Rick

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