D.O.T. Regs about slick roads

Discussion in 'Trucking Industry Regulations' started by wasted1, Feb 24, 2015.

  1. wasted1

    wasted1 Bobtail Member

    Jul 19, 2010
    Oklahoma City,Ok
    It is my understanding that according to the D.O.T., if the roads are too hazardous (ice, sleet, etc) the driver does not have to drive on it. Is this true and where can I find the actual regulation. I have searched but can not find it. The reason I am asking is because my younger brother is getting back into driving but had to do the whole new driver thing because of being out of it for so long. The company that he is with says that he has to drive on ice and snow, period. He was on an icy road doing about 40-45 mph (his trainer was yelling at him to do 65 mph) and came within inches of crashing into a car that was just crawling along. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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  3. 77smartin

    77smartin Road Train Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    I dunno.
    392.14...what fine company is he with?
  4. aduiepyle

    aduiepyle Light Load Member

    Oct 30, 2014
    Tell him to audio tape or record the company if not they will get away with it.
  5. Studebaker Hawk

    Studebaker Hawk Road Train Member

    Oct 18, 2010
    NW Indiana
    I thought this thread was going to be about the idea that the DOT was putting together a regulation to ban slick roads. The put all sorts of regulations out there that are just as impossible...
    KANSAS TRANSIT and randomname Thank this.
  6. randomname

    randomname Light Load Member

    Jul 13, 2014
    And I wish they would move those deer crossing signs to safer areas too.
  7. Dr_Fandango44

    Dr_Fandango44 Road Train Member

    Aug 27, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I don't see a problem here and it comes with the territory. Experience is a great teacher. I was brought up in a climate that had many days/weeks of ice and snow so you just get on with it. Fair weather driving is not always possible.
    But we certainly don't need anymore meddling from DOT.
    I just draw a line with chains. Not going to mess with those and luckily I don't go into "chain up" areas.
    I've just completed 2 trips running through Indiana and Arkansas that subjected me to some of the worst road conditions you could wish to see.
    So I'm going to just sit and hope the ice goes away? If the state shuts an interstate down, then fine. You roll with what you are given.
    But in many cases of ice on roads, I could be sat for days, weeks. The customer wants his stuff. That's the name of the game. If you can't stand that, then maybe trucking isn't for you.
    I am cognizant of the dangers of driving in such conditions and in my case it brings out the best in me and my driving techniques.
    You don't have to be reckless, but take care.
    Good luck.
  8. marineman227

    marineman227 Dock Waterer

    Jan 26, 2008
    Neenah, WI
    I agree with you, I have always lived in cold, snowy areas and I have no problem running after most guys park it but if they're nervous about driving on it, that will cause them to make bad decisions. Some of us can and will run on slick roads but there's no reason to pressure those that aren't comfortable with it.
    Grumppy Thanks this.
  9. Markcurry

    Markcurry Bobtail Member

    Feb 24, 2015
    Your brothers trainer is a fool and when he kills someone he will learn while sitting in a prison cell you can undo dead or just say sorry my bag.i have over a million miles accident free and driving on ice and snow is stupid and if you have to do so at 25-30 MPh. Slower speed = longer reaction time and shorter stopping distance

    KANSAS TRANSIT Road Train Member

    Jul 28, 2011

    True, but I can't speak for the "other" guy!
  11. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Jan 13, 2013
    SW Arkansas
    I didn't know deer could read. LOL
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