How Do I Best Use The Automatic On Hills In Winter Conditions?

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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Here is what I got from my company:

“Down Grade Driving Conditions, Inclement Weather: Speed must be maintained below 20 mph to prevent brake overheating.”

I hope this helps.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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Remember to use your flashers at this low speed

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Remember to use your flashers at this low speed

Haha, yes, use the flashers so other trucks know you are backing into a parking spot. Under 20 mph you have absolutely no business on the highways and byways.

Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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Remember to use your flashers at this low speed

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Haha, yes, use the flashers so other trucks know you are backing into a parking spot. Under 20 mph you have absolutely no business on the highways and byways.

Totally agree on the backing point but what about this scenario when it comes to 20 mph?

The speed limit on some steep grades are determined by how heavy your load is. For example, cabbage has a 20 mph speed limit on trucks that weigh from 70K to 80K. I think Monteagle, TN is another hill that has this but I can't remember the other places where these speed limits are in effect. What is a rookie supposed to do in those situations?

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Mikey B.'s Comment
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Remember to use your flashers at this low speed

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Haha, yes, use the flashers so other trucks know you are backing into a parking spot. Under 20 mph you have absolutely no business on the highways and byways.

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Totally agree on the backing point but what about this scenario when it comes to 20 mph?

The speed limit on some steep grades are determined by how heavy your load is. For example, cabbage has a 20 mph speed limit on trucks that weigh from 70K to 80K. I think Monteagle, TN is another hill that has this but I can't remember the other places where these speed limits are in effect. What is a rookie supposed to do in those situations?

Thats like asking, well what about weigh stations that say 15 mph or toll booths that say 5 mph. Obviously you follow the speed limit! This entire thread is taking about normal speed limit roads in in bad weather. Doing 15 mph on a 70 mph road when everyone else is doing 3 or 4 times faster is dangerous and should not be done. Park it.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Bruce K.'s Comment
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Wow Mikey, all I did was post a memo from my company. Did you take your meds today?

Bklyn Dreams's Comment
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Mikey, I think we have our signals crossed. The title of the thread is "How do I best use the automatic on hills in winter conditions?". Thats why I mentioned the hills & the speed limits on them.

Yes, doing 15 in a 70 in normal weather is not only reckless but illegal. Unless you have an emergency situation, of course. I had to do 45 in a 70 because I lost half of the tread on my steer. If I went any faster, it shook like a washer on the rinse cycle.

To NaeNae, Prime has an autoshift transmission class at all 3 terminals. Positing the schedule below:

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There's also training videos in the app that shows how to chain up, should the need arise. One winter, I had to throw my chains on 2x to get out of parking lots that were frozen over. Both times I was in Michigan.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Wow Mikey, all I did was post a memo from my company. Did you take your meds today?

I don't see what my blood pressure medication has to do with this. Don't blame me for your companies bad advice.good-luck.gif

Mikey B.'s Comment
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Mikey, I think we have our signals crossed. The title of the thread is "How do I best use the automatic on hills in winter conditions?". Thats why I mentioned the hills & the speed limits on them.

Yes, doing 15 in a 70 in normal weather is not only reckless but illegal. Unless you have an emergency situation, of course. I had to do 45 in a 70 because I lost half of the tread on my steer. If I went any faster, it shook like a washer on the rinse cycle.

To NaeNae, Prime has an autoshift transmission class at all 3 terminals. Positing the schedule below:

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There's also training videos in the app that shows how to chain up, should the need arise. One winter, I had to throw my chains on 2x to get out of parking lots that were frozen over. Both times I was in Michigan.

Ok, I think I understand what you're saying. I am just saying that doing under 20 in ANY weather is dangerous unless that is the posted limit especially so in inclement weather if everyone else is going much faster since someone coming up on you may have trouble slowing down. Usually in ice or snow there is only one lane thats clear enough to use.

As for emergencies, you cannot drive less than the legal speed minimum because you lost tread off of your steer tire or any other situation. You shouldn't have driven on that tire at all unless it was to a visible pullout or to clear a construction zone then called roadside tire service.

If I'm still not understanding then my apologies, that goes for you too Bruce K.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Chris K.'s Comment
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I trained at Stevens in 2005, I no longer drive (so you know). One thing they were very adamant about was you divide the % of grade in half. Thats the gear you should descend in. I went down grapevine 2 gears above 1/2 and thought I was a goner. I wonder what they say now w automatics.

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