Stopping for weather, especially winter road conditions

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Six9GS, Sep 27, 2020.

  1. Six9GS

    Six9GS Medium Load Member

    Dec 3, 2012
    Yuma, AZ
    One of the things I really like about the company I drive for is that they are fine with my stopping if I feel road conditions are unsafe for me. Considering I have almost no winter driving experience, I'm quite timid in winter road conditions. I have enough of a track record that they know I am not lazy, so I am trusted that I am not abusing it and just being lazy. Even if other drivers are out running in the yuck, they are OK with me stopping if I think I should. As my Driver Leader explained, they can deal with late loads a lot easier than with wrecks, damage, tows, lawsuits, injuries and fatalities. If I don't think I'm safe, stop! I have yet to receive anything resembling push back for stopping and have not gotten any service failures as a result.
    My basic question is, are other companies like this? Are other companies OK with stopping, even if conditions might be considered drivable by others?
    Basically, when I stop because I'm not comfortable with road conditions, I'm gonna stop! If I get fired for it, I'll knowingly stop rather than drive in road conditions I don't think are safe for me. It is my life in that truck. Not theirs!
    But, is this the industry norm? Just curious.
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  3. "semi" retired

    "semi" retired Road Train Member

    Apr 16, 2014
    high plains colorado
    Never used to be that way, it was "press on regardless". 20 mph was better than 0 mph, they figured. Once, coming up double nickel in Ill, it started snowing so hard, you could only see the reflector sticks. I was following a "Silver Dog", and when they pulled off, I was on my own. I "pressed on" at 20 mph, squeezing the color out of the wheel, when I got back, safety dude looks at my "tattletale" disc, "I see you were going 20 mph for over an hour, what gives?" I almost punched him out on the spot. Today, it's just a matter of common sense. Way I figured,( when I had my own) if I lost traction ONCE, next ramp and wait for the salt shaker. If you do risk life and limb, and make it, the company will love you for it, but just once is all it takes. Today, I'd shut 'er down.
  4. MACK E-6

    MACK E-6 Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    I sat for an hour once just waiting to get on a freeway after a freezing rain storm. Once I did, I felt the drive axle go sideways at the first bridge, which thankfully was short one.

    That was enough to make me slow down to 15 mph the rest of the way back to the barn, probably for 2 hours.
  5. '88K100

    '88K100 Light Load Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    Companies are likely ok with your decision, they may not like it and it could mean you will not get great loads.
    I never stop due to weather as I haul time sensitive freight, always have. In the worst of weather here in NW Ontario many nights there are only us Line Haul and Log haulers out on the highway. The rest have packed it in for the night.
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  6. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

    Sep 10, 2010
    Flint, MI
    Every thing is dictated by insurance and fear of getting sued.

    What do you think will happen when the civil suit from a wreck goes to court. The moment the driver states he didn't want to drive for safety reasons but the company coerced him to drive.... Well that's a 25 million dollar payout right there. Since the coercing happened, the insurance company will refuse to pay out.

    Do all companies worry about that. No, but enough do to keep them honest.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2020
  7. AModelCat

    AModelCat Road Train Member

    Jul 7, 2015
    I trust those loggers more than anyone else in winter. A bit of snow on a highway is a walk in the park compared to the road off the mountain.
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  8. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

    Feb 1, 2011
    Dallas, TX
    There may be "Time sensitive freight", but no matter a persons abilities, they can't control the other guy.
    The mentality that "i can't stop for any reason" is just foolhardy.
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  9. smokey12

    smokey12 Heavy Load Member

    May 30, 2012
    If you feel like it's not safe then get off the are the captain of your ship, not the driver manager sitting comfortably in their office. Whatever your hauling can wait and it's not worth your life. If you company doesn't agree quit and go elsewhere.
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  10. JC1971

    JC1971 Road Train Member

    Jul 29, 2013
    What could happen if you don't stop for bad weather.

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