HELP i have to drive on a road of ice for the first time what should i not do?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by TheBandit, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. TheBandit

    TheBandit Bobtail Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    HELP i have to drive in northen bc and alberta in 10hours and there is chain up in effect. my question is as i have never driven in the snow. going down a grade should i not use the jakes? should i lock the diffs etc what gear is a good speed/ gear to come down a 5 mile hill in the snow. i dont wanna go to slow that would screw up othere truck. iv tried getting out of driving this run but im stuck with it. Any tips would help.
  2. nathanl23

    nathanl23 Bobtail Member

    Sep 16, 2008
    if you do not feel it is save for you to drive on that icy hill well then IT'S UNSAFE, YOU'LL BE UNSAFE that's my 2 cents just tell them its going to be late redo the drop date or time but your the one with ten years not me
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  3. RickG

    RickG Road Train Member

    Jul 22, 2008
    Owensboro , KY
    I really don't think anyone here wants to give advice , have you follow it , then have you get involved in an accident and come back blaming us . As far as driving on ice goes , I don't . No matter whether you have chains or not there is some idiot out there that doesn't that could run into you . We have no idea of the exact road conditions either . Packed snow isn't bad . I 've already driven on that a couple of times this year and didn't see anyone having any problems . Just be sure the road isn't icy under the snow . It's going to be a long winter . Your circumstances are too vague to give answers . A 5 mile hill ? How steep is it ? But no the jake brake shouldn't be used . My feeling is you are picking the wrong way to get your first experience driving in the snow and you shouldn't have taken a job that would put you in this position . If you insist on making the trip get advice on the CB from drivers that are right there and know exactly what you are dealing with .
  4. luvmyhubby

    luvmyhubby Road Train Member

    Sep 12, 2005
    Sidney MI
    Just remember YOU are the one that is responsible for your truck. If you dont feel safe you wont be. An icy-hill-down grade is NOT the time for yet another driving lesson on your own. I would not want to give advice and then have something happen to you or your rig.......just like in a car if a driver is unsure/nervous about a driving situation they are more likely to have problems or cause an accident.
  5. Globetrotter

    Globetrotter Light Load Member

    Nov 7, 2007
    I agree with the above posts, if you don't have to don't do it. Already being nervous, and rightly so, is not going to help you in the situation.

    If you get flack for turning this load down, be nice and apologetic about it saying you are nervous with being new to these type of conditions and you don't want to wreck any equipment or worse! Its a bit harder (I said a bit LOL) for them to be mean when you are being nice about it.

    If you are one of those people like me that sometimes has trouble saying No, and you choose to go, the go SLOW, SLOW, SLOW. After getting the crap scared out of you, it will start to get easier for you to say No when you feel unsafe.

    I agree with using the CB to talk with other drivers around you, but don't let any of them (the super truckers in the fast lane going 15mph over the speed limit) make you drive faster than you feel comfortable.
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  6. Skutt

    Skutt Bobtail Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Lake City, Florida
    I am an old Oregon log hauler, mountains, ice, show, mud, you name it and we have driven in it. If it is icy and not just packed snow be ready to just park until conditions improve. Packed snow is different as someone said before. Slow down considerably, don't touch that hand spike (hand brake), keep the jake off, I like to keep the diff lock out unless I need extra traction to pull a short hill or something. Don't make any sudden moves, smooth driving, smooth braking, smooth corners and only use the foot brake. I like to adjust my trailer brakes slightly looser than the tractor in those conditions too. Not too loose as you want them to work but you don't want your trailer to begin skidding and try to pass you by. Be careful but don't be scared as scared will probably get you in trouble. Plan your next move well in advance, think ahead and drive smooth, no sudden anythings.
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  7. Johnny99

    Johnny99 Johnny be Good

    Nov 24, 2007
    Big Sandy Tenn
    On a steep hill that hasn't been salted, if its snow pack use the low side of the transmission and go slow, no jake, don't lock the brakes up. If its ice, just park it. If your really that scared of it, don't go.
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  8. rocknroll nik

    rocknroll nik High Risk Load Member

    Oct 18, 2008
    can't read the sign
    All the above posts have said it all driver! Be Safe!! You are the captain of that ship, your decision is the one that matters because your life depends on it as well as the lives of others. Driving on ice is DEADLY for many obvious reasons!! Freight can always be rescheduled, and I don't think the comapny you drive for is going to punish you that much for being safe. They may grief you but in the end they probably aren't paying you enough to risk your life. Use common sense driver and BE SAFE!!!!
  9. Cybergal

    Cybergal Road Train Member

    Oct 20, 2008
  10. TheBandit

    TheBandit Bobtail Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    its ice and snow. iv drven in snow before but not on hills and another driver just really scared me. i drive super slow and safe is my style. thanx for the tips on the jakes and that i shouldnt prob need the diff lock unless im slipping.
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