Be careful on windy days.

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by jbatmick, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. jbatmick

    jbatmick Road Train Member

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    Yesterday morning I raised the hood to my Freightliner, going to check everything out. Found I needed some oil, so got a gallon. Just as I was pouring it in , a gust of wind blew the hood back down, trapping me between the tire and hood. I basically was stuck in the wheel-well, with the hood across my back, pinning me against the tire and frame. Nobody was close around, and I could not reach my shirt pocket to get my telephone. I thought for a minute,waited for a lull in the wind, braced my hands against the frame rail ,and pushed the hood up with my back.Just barely could do it, took maybe 3 minutes to get out from under there. No serious injury, but my upper back was bruised. No permanent damage, but had I been leaning over more, possibly could have wedged my neck down. I was lucky.
    Reminds me of the time many years ago when we were working on a COE KW, with the cab up and locked in place.Bracket broke, cab came down , pushing mechanic out of the way instead of crashing down on him. Lucky again.
    Another friend of mine was not so lucky. He was working on a 10-wheeler dump power divider, with the body raised . He did not block it up,something broke, and the bed fell down on him, killing him instantly.
    When you least expect it, Murphy's Law will find you. Learn from others mistakes.
     
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  3. pattyj

    pattyj Road Train Member

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    I'm glad you're alright.Maybe you should get checked out just to be on the safe side.
     
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  4. Sly Fox

    Sly Fox Road Train Member

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    Glad your injuries were just some bruising and soreness. Could've been a lot lot worse.

    I was in Pine Bluffs, WY at the little truck stop there in a wind/snow storm. I was hauling 10k, so I had to park. Was there for over two days waiting for the light trailer advisory to be lifted. However, while there, I was idling to stay warm, and apparently sprung a coolant leak at the water pump. So, I had the unenviable pleasure of trying to put coolant into the resevoir WHILE facing into the wind. Another drive helped hold the hood up, I stood on the wheel, and poured coolant in. Wasn't a fun situation. Never could've done it by myself without trying to turn the truck around, which was not easy if you've ever seen that small lot.
     
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  5. Touk

    Touk Light Load Member

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    Glad you're ok, next time it's windy use a ratchet strap attached to grab handle and bumper. A lil added security never hurts, plus the small straps from Walmart are pretty cheap and easy to stow away.
     
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  6. Sly Fox

    Sly Fox Road Train Member

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    Good idea. I have a few little ones at home, but never thought to use one to hold up the hood in the wind.
     
  7. Touk

    Touk Light Load Member

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    I can't take all the credit, it's an old Army trick I was taught back in the late 90's lol
     
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  8. NavigatorWife

    NavigatorWife Road Train Member

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    I posted the one a couple months ago about a woman who had the hood of her truck come down on her hand trapping her. I guess it turned out to be a p/u truck though. She ended up loosing her hand after being out in the weather for 15 hrs.
     
  9. paul 1052

    paul 1052 Heavy Load Member

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    That's crazy...
     
  10. TGUNKEL

    TGUNKEL Light Load Member

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    You can also use a load lock to brace the hood open. Been there done that.

    Gunk
     
  11. biggare1980

    biggare1980 Medium Load Member

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    Glad your ok!!! Another idea is maybe look into putting gas shocks on the hood like the Cascadia has. Makes the hood drop nice and slow when you close it!!
     
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