Unhooking the trailer upon spotting a tornado?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by Zonno, Mar 25, 2023.

  1. Zonno

    Zonno Light Load Member

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    In this video at 0:06,, you’ll notice where 3 trailers where dropped on the side of the road. It doesn’t look like there are any residential areas or businesses nearby, so while I like to think that I would just drive and not take the time to unhook upon spotting a tornado, I wonder if that’s what the drivers did here. I’m aware of drivers leaving their load somewhere like a truck stop and bobtailing home or to a motel, but I don’t typically see them leave them on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere.

    Coincidentally, those same trailers can be spotted at 1:45 in this separate video of the aftermath. 2 of them (including the tanker), were turned over.

     
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  3. Zonno

    Zonno Light Load Member

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    Annnnd could one of the mods kindly move this thread to the Questions From New Drivers section? I mistakenly posted it here.
     
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  4. Dna Mach

    Dna Mach Road Train Member

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    No I think that’s a surviving short stretch of the old road through there. Those little sections are commonly used by drivers who live nearby for dropping trailers and bobtailing home.
     
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  5. 4wayflashers

    4wayflashers Heavy Load Member

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    I guess dropping your trailer would give much better chance of escaping if you were unsure if you would need to turn around. I would definitely be clicking my heels. That I am sure of.
     
  6. Opus

    Opus Road Train Member

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    Right. 2 of the 3 are grain haulers. Park it on Friday, pick it up on Monday.
    Also, the one that didn't get blown over was probably loaded.
     
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  7. cuzzin it

    cuzzin it Road Train Member

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    If i see a tornado. I wont take the time to disconnect, i would be looking for place to hide
     
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  8. northstarfire0693

    northstarfire0693 Heavy Load Member

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    In aviation we check the weather before we fly. Same applies to trucking. When I was on the road, I would always check weather. If it looked bad, I wouldnt put myself in that situation. With all the current technology, there is no excuse to drive into bad weather.
     
  9. gokiddogo

    gokiddogo Road Train Member

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    Let me check my insurance policy. I just want to be sure there is no 'act of God' clause.
     
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  10. Concorde

    Concorde Road Train Member

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    With today’s spot market rates I’d be heading directly towards that tornado :)
     
  11. Catmando

    Catmando Road Train Member

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    I see it now... sorry dispatch.. I can't take that load I checked the weather its gona rain 100 miles from were I gota deliver
    You got something towards Texas its gona be sunny and 70°
     
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