Tire Chains

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Kristine G.'s Comment
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I was wondering how heavy are the tire chains? I can lift approximately 50 pounds. I am hoping that they are lighter than that. Also, I'm wondering if there is a way to look up any questions I have asked and see the answers that I have been given from Trucking Truth. Thanks for everything!

RedGator's Comment
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The chains are pretty heavy but I would think less than 50lbs. But honestly you should never "throw chains". If conditions require chains you park it. In 2 yrs ive had to chain once...

Kristine G.'s Comment
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The chains are pretty heavy but I would think less than 50lbs. But honestly you should never "throw chains". If conditions require chains you park it. In 2 yrs ive had to chain once...

Thank you for your reply RedGator. I'm glad they weigh less than 50 pounds. That helps! I finally passed my dot physical with a Dr.'s Release for my prescriptions that took so long to get and passed the DOT physical. Today I'm finally enrolling in a CDL school! I will be finishing up my CDL practice quizes. I stopped for awhile because I didn't know if I could even get to go to school. So glad I can!

Kristine.

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Mikki 's Comment
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Way to go, Kristine! Good Luck to you!smile.gif

Starcar's Comment
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I've driven truck for well over 15 years....I've never thrown iron.....if its that slick, I park it...and any dispatcher who gives me grief will be turned into safety......

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Idaho Mtn Gal's Comment
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Back 20+ yrs ago, dispatchers wanted you to keep moving at all costs. Well, that cost the company lots of $$ due to wrecks that lost freight and killed other motorists. There are companies that want you to chain still, but more are willing for you to park. My boss (has 6 trucks) asked me if I could lift a set of dual chains and I told him I probably could, but at my age (63), I had more commonsense than when I was younger. He agreed & said that parking is what he wanted me to do. So, I'm good. I could do it as I lift 75 lb bales of hay for my goats, but isn't something I really like doing.

We'll see if he practices what he preaches as I'm heading out on my first trip this Fri :-D

IdahoLaura

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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