Old man's tire traction

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Panman49, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. Panman49

    Panman49 Bobtail Member

    Sep 4, 2019
    I have gotten some good feedback as far as autosocks and auto chains. Any one have any comments about the sanders? Like I've said, I don't ever plan on throwing chains unless I absolutely have to. Thank you all for the feedback!
  2. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas
    It does not matter.

    On Railroads they are one way to overcome surface issues on the rail.

    When you see a big rig spinning on a half inch of sleet or ice against a tiny slope in a docking area there isnt anything that will help.

    If sanding was effective in trucking we would be using that technology. The greatest issue is weight.

    Which is why during storms that kind of material (Among others) is provided by highways. Mississippi comes to mind, they sand their bridges almost a foot deep early in a ice storm because there is not very many to come help if you got stuck on it. And some bridges you will slide to gravity.

    The best idea in winter is to understand what you are dealing with and sometimes park it when its just too difficult such as winterstorm combined with 60+ mph winds in Wyoming. There is no point in going out into that. Even with 10,000 pounds of sand or whatever.
  3. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    Never say never, I have seen trucks have to eiyther call a tow truck or chain at the stop sign at the end of a ramp, just trying to get in the truck stop parking lot, I have seen hem have to chain up once they were in the parking lot, to get parked somewhat in a spot, I have seen these things in Texas, and places like NC, where chains are not normally used, or even carried. lol
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  4. Mid-May Trucker

    Mid-May Trucker Heavy Load Member

    Oct 23, 2018
    Truck claws seem like the best thing to get out of a situation but they apply a lot of pressure to the wheel.
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  5. starmac

    starmac Road Train Member

    Apr 11, 2019
    Fairbanks Ak
    A container of kitty litter will get a guy out of a bind sometimes. I have laid a regular tie down chain in zig zag patterns, laid in front of the drives to get moving several times in the past..
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  6. rank

    rank Road Train Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    50 miles north of Rochester, NY
    See last post of this thread
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  7. snowwy

    snowwy Road Train Member

    Jul 6, 2009
    I've always carried salt.

    But I've had to throw chains to leave a truckstop.

    I've even had to chain just to leave the current yard. The exit driveway. It goes up.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2019
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  8. truckdriver31

    truckdriver31 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2013
    go ole winter storm night drive across I-80 in iowa will teach this
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  9. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    No trucker throws iron unless they absolutely need to.

    Auto chains are usually only found on school buses here in the United States.
    Of course, the Canuckleheads use 'em more the we do.

    Sanders? You mean sand spreading trucks? I like when those are around.

    Try looking up emergency tire chains. Purty nifty stuff.

    Snow socks are meant for driving on snow-covered roads and not where bare pavement is present. Otherwise, the snow socks will become worn quickly.
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  10. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2019
    Chained leaving truck stop a few times.
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