Winter Driving Stories

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by miss elvee, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. zmpart

    zmpart Light Load Member

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    after all of this...now i find out this super trucker quit before having to work another winter...well i supposed it is better than having killed someone, if not less humbling
     
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  3. miss elvee

    miss elvee Heavy Load Member

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    Parked just off I71 in Columbus loading groceries in truck. Looked up at just the right time and saw a driver roll his truck at the top of the ramp right in front of me. He wasn't doing anything crazy. 10 mph thru the turn or so and just lost his wagon traction on the black ice.

    Hubby called 911. I hopped the fence (more like struggled up and flopped over the other side, be honest) to check on him as he went down driver side. Thank God he was okay. Had 44 years of experience, and still over he went.

    Any one, any load, any time. Be safe out there, gang.
     
  4. haulhand

    haulhand Road Train Member

    Believe it or not but at -20 and lower like we get in the northern plains all winter every winter ice gets sticky and has really good traction. The only time ice is really slick is when the ambient temp is hovering around freezing and it gets a coating of water on the ice then it's slick. While I don't always agree with ramblingman I will say if you read his posts he's talking about driving in ice at below zero temps.
     
  5. stabob

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    Fare enough but ice is still ice 60 mph come on!
     
  6. haulhand

    haulhand Road Train Member

    You don't get it at those extreme temperatures ice is just like running in dry pavement. I'm sorry your scared of it but at -40 weighing 180k I'll run 60 on ice all day long.
     
  7. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Out where he's talking about you can still run high beams for long stretches. Shoot, if there's 6 vehicles within sight, that's a traffic jam. And that cold ice has far more traction than most snow pack.

    But as the old saw goes, "Everyone slower on the road is a idiot, anyone faster is a fool." A reason doesn't have a spot in that idiom.
     
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  8. stabob

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    I like how this has went from just plan stupid hauling butt on bad roads to this extreme of 180k at - 40.
     
  9. stabob

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    Oh and witch is it are you guys blowing doors off as you have claimed many times or are you rideing were 6 cars is a traffic jam with high beams on for miles?
     
  10. Ezrider_48501

    Ezrider_48501 Road Train Member

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    it seems backwards but its true when the temps are well below 0 there is a lot of traction on the ice. i too will run 60+ on ice pack roads at -40 and the conditions are right.

    kinda like under certain conditions when your prying for a little fresh snow to fall to aid in traction. seems like snow would make it worse but it makes it better.
     
  11. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Stabob, you're doing a fine job of proving my point about the fragility of a man's ego preventing him from acknowledging that others may have more advanced skills.

    The reality is that snow and ice covered roads have a broad range of traction levels I've done round trips from Sioux City to Seattle where the only time this touched pavement was below North Bend. Most of those trips were made at near normal speeds, not because of a desire "to blow doors off" but because conditions didn't require crawling along. I'm not dropping 20 or 30 mph before I go by because you're creeping along as a road hazard with the seat cushion doing a proctologist imitation.

    But go ahead and keep insisting that we're just running the ragged edge, an accident waiting to happen. We'll just keep chuckling at someone who doesn't even have a clue just how far from that edge we really are.
     
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