Driving In Windy Conditions

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William B.'s Comment
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I am on a dedicated route that goes from Tennessee to North Hollywood I travel I 40. I have drove out here for over a year and a 1/2 now in the winds never bothered me and till I took this dedicated route. The loads that I carry are usually around 10 to 13000 pounds. Sometimes I feel like the wind is defeating me so my question is when is enough enough and when is it time to pull over?

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

PackRat's Comment
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I'd say it's based on your comfort level, so if you feel it's too windy to drive for safety reasons, park it.

William B.'s Comment
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Thanks for the reply. I have looked at the wind chart and what I take from it is that I shouldn't even be on road in the winds I have been driving in. May I ask what would be your judgment call?

Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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You have to use your own comfort level and your own pucker factor. The wind chart is a great guide.

For me if the wind is moving my trailer, I'm done.

William B.'s Comment
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I Mainly never have over an 11,000 lb load and the winds today are at 25 without gust. So your saying you would stop already? I'm right there with you.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I use a site called windalert.com. I just looked at current wind conditions. I've highlighted i-40 in green. There is an area in New Mexico, right along i-40 (circled in magenta) where the sustained wind speed is 37.

In the second picture I had clicked on the number 37 and it shows how wind speed is trending as well as the speed of gusts. I would not be comfortable traveling through there with a load as light as yours. Hope this helps a little...

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JakeBreak's Comment
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I use a site called windalert.com. I just looked at current wind conditions. I've highlighted i-40 in green. There is an area in New Mexico, right along i-40 (circled in magenta) where the sustained wind speed is 37.

In the second picture I had clicked on the number 37 and it shows how wind speed is trending as well as the speed of gusts. I would not be comfortable traveling through there with a load as light as yours. Hope this helps a little...

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Is that an app or a website? That looks like an awesome addition to my weather app for checking the conditions of the trail.

RealDiehl's Comment
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I use a site called windalert.com. I just looked at current wind conditions. I've highlighted i-40 in green. There is an area in New Mexico, right along i-40 (circled in magenta) where the sustained wind speed is 37.

In the second picture I had clicked on the number 37 and it shows how wind speed is trending as well as the speed of gusts. I would not be comfortable traveling through there with a load as light as yours. Hope this helps a little...

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Is that an app or a website? That looks like an awesome addition to my weather app for checking the conditions of the trail.

It's a site. I have a link to it. The only problem with it is that it does not show roads or cities. You kind of have to consult a real map to figure out where you are in order to compare it to wind speeds on the wind map.

There are probably better sites or apps out there. I just got used to using this one.

JakeBreak's Comment
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Yeah I use an app called myradar to check for storms and stuff. It has a feature to show winds, but it's difficult to use. And it doesn't show actual speeds or anything. I've been looking for an app that will show wind speeds and direction, but have been striking out so far.

RealDiehl's Comment
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If you click on the "live wind" menu it will show you where the heaviest winds across the country are

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