The clowns have already started in Wyoming...

Discussion in 'Trucking Accidents' started by drvrtech77, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. stillwurkin

    stillwurkin Road Train Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Never drove semi automatic. But at times when she gets loose I like to knock off the power to the ground..mayby quick like.( with the clutch pedal) Can automatics do that. Seriously don't know.
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  3. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

    Sep 18, 2009
    1918 Anywhere, USA 90210
    Honestly, I can't say for all trucks, because they automatics are different from brand to brand. I backed one of those new freighliners recently because a rookie who couldn't back asked me to do it. I caught hell trying to do so, it shook so much lol. The minute the road conditions worsen I slow it up. If I'm loaded too light, I won't even try it. When its icy I don't want to be too heavy either I like to be north of 25k and south of about 42k. I find it easier to control it in that weight range. Volvos can can definitely knock off the power, it's just like any other truck, once you figure out how to drive it, its gravy.
  4. allniter

    allniter Medium Load Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    I 10 FL exit 70
    I was watching the WYDOT website last night, they were talking 19-21hr b4 hwy opened. When the hwy opened I dont know if I would go with the 1st group cut loose, u know they'll be driving crazy fast after waiting 19-21hrs.:mad:
  5. Flat Earth Trucker

    Flat Earth Trucker Road Train Member

    Nov 19, 2018
    Contrast that with clowns who were smiling but are now upside down.

    Pray for me, I have to drive through Wyoming tomorrow. At least I'm heavy.
  6. drvrtech77

    drvrtech77 Road Train Member

    Mar 20, 2010
    One of the biggest problems as you have people out here training new drivers that don’t even have enough experience to even teach anything there should be a mandatory minimum experience requirement to be a trainer in this business
  7. Deadwood

    Deadwood Medium Load Member

    Dec 24, 2016
    So at that critical point when you realize you've lost traction with the road, you're going to take your eyes off the road and spend a second or two looking at your shifter to make sure you correctly put it in the neutral?!?

    I left the company I was with when they started switching to an entirely automatic fleet. You choose what kind of risk you're willing to accept. There are other jobs with other companies that don't make you take on that kind of risk.

    I make 40% more than I did with that other company, have two weeks of paid vacation, work 5 on 2 off, then 5 on 3 off, and don't work OTR any more. The choice is yours.
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  8. Cattleman84

    Cattleman84 Road Train Member

    Nov 1, 2017
    The Sticks, Idaho
    If you cant shift to neutral without taking your eyes off the road then you probably shouldnt be driving.
  9. stillwurkin

    stillwurkin Road Train Member

    Dec 2, 2017
    Deadwood might have been talking about the neutral button on a auto shift? Personally I don't go to neutral, I just may want to cut the power off for a split second, in few or far between instances. Everyone has their ways of maintaining control. Hopefully better than the pics from Wyoming. Or what I see every winter. Don't let nothing slow you down, but fear and common sense.
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  10. '88K100

    '88K100 Medium Load Member

    Aug 23, 2020
    If on heavily snow covered roads or twisting up and down hill back roads best to go to from auto to manual mode or you will be on your brakes constantly.
    The trucks pictured in incident are just travelling too close together for road conditions.
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