Safe Wind Speed

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Andrey's Comment
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Is there such thing as a safe wind speed? I know, that flipping a dry van is a complex multi-factor event, but still, measuring in mph? Today I was driving east on US-30 in Indiana and Ohio, there was a wind warning, and I could feel it even with a 43,000 lbs load... The wind ripped the flag at a rest area, it was probably 30-40 mph...

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A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.
Mark O. ~MiNi-Me~'s Comment
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Here's something I ran across today...

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G-Town's Comment
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I was just about to repost this. For me this is the wind Bible.

Here's something I ran across today...

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Andrey's Comment
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Thank you! This is exactly what I needed - I'll print it out and keep in the truck.

Anne A. (and sometimes To's Comment
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I was just about to repost this. For me this is the wind Bible.

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Here's something I ran across today...

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Thank you! This is exactly what I needed - I'll print it out and keep in the truck.

Yep, was gonna dig up from MY photo gallery! I sure DID print & laminate (and share everywhere!) many whiles ago. As long as Tom's been driving, it's IN HIS CLIPBOARD. Just checked.

Again, THANKS.. G'town!!

Hope this post stays 'bumped' for so MANY new people out here now!

Awesome.

~ Anne ~

Vicki M.'s Comment
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On a side note, I googled "safe wind speeds for semis" today, and the very first hit on google was G-Town's post of this chart he made a while back. I chose 30 to 40 mph wind rather than mountain passes and chaining today :D

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Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Well....we routinely drive out of the Cheyenne DC with 30 - 40 mph winds, and that's on the return drive with an empty. It is at the driver's discretion for safety, but it's also kind of expected. It is Wyoming and it's just about always windy. I don't recommend this for new drivers at all, so if you don't feel comfortable, park it, send in a message to dispatch, then wait it out.

TCB's Comment
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Well....we routinely drive out of the Cheyenne DC with 30 - 40 mph winds, and that's on the return drive with an empty. It is at the driver's discretion for safety, but it's also kind of expected. It is Wyoming and it's just about always windy. I don't recommend this for new drivers at all, so if you don't feel comfortable, park it, send in a message to dispatch, then wait it out.

I was on the I-80 about a month ago, when they shut it down to high profile vehicles at Laramie due to 70mph gusts. I was luck, and pulled into the Petro just before it filled. I was only about 44k gross. I had actually planned to shut down there anyway, because of the winds.

omapilot's Comment
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Great chart! Never seen that before. I imagine with doubles the numbers change a bit or err on the lower side of things.

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Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Great chart! Never seen that before. I imagine with doubles the numbers change a bit or err on the lower side of things.

Yes they do, you don't want to be in high winds with a light or empty rear trailer let alone a set. Don't be afraid to ask dispatch if they have heavy trailers you can take and if they don't tell them you are only comfortable taking one.

Doubles:

Refers to pulling two trailers at the same time, otherwise known as "pups" or "pup trailers" because they're only about 28 feet long. However there are some states that allow doubles that are each 48 feet in length.

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