Dealing With A Tornado

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Brian O.'s Comment
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as a new guy looking to start otr driving what do u do if u are cought in a tornado in the truck

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

crazy rebel's Comment
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As soon as ya hear the eather station say their is a watch this means conditions are good for one check ur area and Rte to if its in the path and if ya can get out of danger zone in the allotted time,if not park it and head inside of the rest area or truck stop where ya parked.and wait it out.

if its a warning it means there has been one spotted in the posted area if ur in that vicinity get to shelter if there is no shelter get in a ditch the truck/load is replaceable.don't risk ur life.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Pray. Seriously. I mean, there isn't a whole lot you can do. Like Crazy Rebel said, get inside somewhere if you have the time, but it's rare that you will.

It's really important to watch that weather radar screen and know what's going on around you at all times. I've been able to outrun storms, go around storms, and safely park before getting hit by a storm because I always knew what was out there. But tornados are a lot more tricky because they tend to be part of relatively small weather systems that form quickly. They suddenly pop up with very little warning. Staying aware of the weather around you is the best way to keep yourself out of trouble.

G MAN's Comment
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Pray. Seriously. I mean, there isn't a whole lot you can do. Like Crazy Rebel said, get inside somewhere if you have the time, but it's rare that you will.

It's really important to watch that weather radar screen and know what's going on around you at all times. I've been able to outrun storms, go around storms, and safely park before getting hit by a storm because I always knew what was out there. But tornados are a lot more tricky because they tend to be part of relatively small weather systems that form quickly. They suddenly pop up with very little warning. Staying aware of the weather around you is the best way to keep yourself out of trouble.

Thank you for this from someone that has NEVER ever even been seen one, except on TV. I am worried not knowing what to do, but this helps!!!

G MAN

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Mousemaker's Comment
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if there is no shelter get in a ditch.

This is right. Ditch or depression below the average ground level. Flat, so the wind can't get underneath you, face down with your hands covering the back of your head and neck to protect from debries. Away from the truck so it doesn't fall over onto you.

RedGator's Comment
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Wundermaps.com has a section where you can in put you route and it will tell you all the weather you will encountef along the way. Beat the traffic plays off traffic jams and if your on fb cdllife.com is a site that is constantly posting updates for drivers and helpful apps. But if the weathers gonna get ya its gonna get ya. A friend of mine grew up in tornado alley. Said if you see a tornado watch it. If its big your screwd it its leaning one way go the opposite. If its skinny at the bottom it will desenegrate before it gets too you and some other stuff I cant remember but my solution keep me out of tornado alley during the season lol.

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.
Daniel B.'s Comment
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I had to drive on the tip of TX and OK yesterday. It wasn't a tornado but it was pretty bad. The rain was awful even with my wipers at full blast. A few times the gusts were so strong it made me nervous about my trailer tipping. The storm is moving to Detriot and I was just there a few days ago. I'm just barely dodging it haha.

RedGator's Comment
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I had to drive on the tip of TX and OK yesterday. It wasn't a tornado but it was pretty bad. The rain was awful even with my wipers at full blast. A few times the gusts were so strong it made me nervous about my trailer tipping. The storm is moving to Detriot and I was just there a few days ago. I'm just barely dodging it haha.

Gotta love all the great weather you encounter out here;) Blizzard driving thru Denver in the rockies was a blast for me.......not.

crazy rebel's Comment
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Do not I emphasize this do not go under a bridge as some do BC its proven fact the debris gets blown directly at ya and it turns into a severe wind tunnel

Daniel B.'s Comment
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Definitely. They have signs cautioning drivers about the wind gusts after tunnels.

RedGator- I enjoy bringing the story back home... Not that they'll understand though ;)

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