A preventable "incident" on my PSP....

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by drivingmissdaisy, Feb 13, 2020.

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  1. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    The North
    Pretty easy to drive ahead 20 feet, then get out and look to see evidence of a tire skidding on the ground. Especially if it just snowed.......
  2. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    key words. pretty easy and get out and look. nah push in the breaks and take off
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    I live in MI and did local-ish runs. I would carry chalk. Mark the tires with chalk and pull forward a few feet. If the chalk moved a few feet all was good. If not, time to go under the trailer with a hammer to tap the brakes loose.

    Thats was worst case, luckily most of the time there was a fellow employee around to help.
  4. HoneyBadger67

    HoneyBadger67 Road Train Member

    Dec 15, 2018
    Champaign, IL
    I've been in the frozen tundra, in blizzards, before (Edmonton, Saskatoon, Toronto) and had tandems freeze up on me. Not once did I blow a set of duals. Maybe you couldn't turn one direction immediately, but I'm sure you could have turned both directions before making it out to the big road. Maybe you did see they weren't turning and didn't have a baby sledge with you, or didn't want to lie on the snow to smack the drums a few times. Maybe you thought, "Awww, heck...once they hit dry pavement they'll turn." Whatever happened, you didn't do your job. Do I want to lie down in snow to free frozen brakes? Nope, but I do it because I want to sit on the shoulder waiting for road service less.

    On your pretrip, (elogs), there are check boxes for tires and brakes. That means if they aren't working properly, YOU DON'T MOVE until they are. Buy a hammer, (a 3.3# sledge, not a 16oz claw), and next time make sure you're not too lazy to make certain the equipment is in proper working order.
  5. chriskc

    chriskc Light Load Member

    Mar 31, 2013
    Kansas City mo
    And to think I just had to get out this morning to tap the drum to get a brake to free up on ice. Not sure how you couldn’t fell the drag. Even on ice it still has resistance. It’s funny the guys saying a lot of drivers never pretrip. We have seven drivers where I’m working and I think my hood is the only one that opens in the morning and night. But when their #### has problems of course they pretriped it in the morning. Lol. It kills me how lazy people are.
  6. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    A brake drum freezing isn't a mechanical failure. It's a failure to know how to do your job.
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  7. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    I don't know.

    The trucks I would pay attention to would tell me its pulling harder or somewhat off etc.

    If the tires were dragging on ice and you get onto pavement why not finish the daily double and blow both sets of tires. Why should the inside ones have the exclusive?

    I hate to be difficult but if a truck has been feeling COLD I have a tendancy to love on it as we say until I know everything is rotating. Its not that hard. Ive been known to circle around checking both sides back there with spray painted tires. While others wonder what in world am I doing pulling a figure 8?

    IF a drum is frozen, you are not going to hear Mr Ding tapping on the thing. That would be easy enough to set up with chocked wheels and so on.

    The overall damage isnt too great. A trucking company has a stack of tires they can throw on there at any time. Tires tires and more tires. Its not really worth a firing. Unless something else is going on.
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  8. Long FLD

    Long FLD Road Train Member

    Mar 4, 2015
    Murdo SD
    Back up slowly and see if it coasts. Plenty of ways to make sure everything is spinning. At my last job if anyone drug tires they were forced to endure those yellow dummy sticks on the trailer wheels for the rest of the winter.
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  9. A Bug

    A Bug Medium Load Member

    Mar 15, 2014
    Sevierville TN
    Sorry about your problems but at least this reminds me to check my truck, it is going to be in the negatives tomorrow morning here in Bettendorf and I tend to get lazy when it's that cold out.
  10. gpf87

    gpf87 Medium Load Member

    Feb 2, 2017
    I thought the cops have to be involved for that to show up on your PSP ? I never knew companies could report directly to the MCMIS (PSP database)

    Do you mean DAC/Hireright ?

    PSP shows 5 years of crash and 3 years of inspection history from the MCMIS

    either way , you can try to DataQ the PSP or fight the DAC report
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