Winter Driving Thread

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Bruce K.'s Comment
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It’s only natural for new drivers to be apprehensive going into their first winter. Especially new drivers who are from places that don’t have snow and ice. Fear is a double edged sword in the trucking world based on my limited experience. A certain amount of fear is a good thing but too much fear can be paralyzing. Caution is a result of a realistic level of fear. Cautious drivers usually don’t end up in the ditch, jackknifed or overturned. Don’t worry that other drivers will think you are a rookie driving too slow, as long as you are not impeding traffic. And if you are impeding traffic, find a place to park until road conditions improve. Like most of us here, I expect to get my share of northern driving, so I’m kinda talking to myself to make sure I have the safe winter driving mindset.

Bruce K.'s Comment
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This is a story about my personal baptism into winter driving.

I started training in November of 2018. I was scheduled to go out with a road trainer starting the middle of December from Green Bay, WI (the frozen tundra). The day we were supposed to leave for our great adventure, there was an ice and slush storm in Green Bay all the way down to Illinois. So I’m sure our trip will be postponed as a result. My trainer met me and said “Ok, let’s go” I said “in this storm?” He said that I couldn’t expect to drive in ideal conditions all the time. So I figured he was going to drive until we got out of the storm. Wrong again. I went to get in the passenger seat and he told me I was driving. And this was in a manual which I was still learning how to drive properly. Double whammy.

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So, off we go. I’m white knuckling the wheel and he’s sitting there cool as a cucumber. Despite my feelings of impending doom, we made it just fine. The storm ended as we approached the state line and I could relax a little bit.

And that is how we learn to drive in the winter.

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