Winter Driving ?

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by sal, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. Allow Me.

    Allow Me. Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    The original poster lives in Ia, so he should have an idea on how to drive in snow/ice. I always lock in my diff when on ice, you can run up to 25-30mph without damage. When chained up, I say keep it under 30 mph. In Ca, for instance, they post 25 mph when chained up. But consider this, you are in control of that beast, you will have a feel for the truck, depending on weight. A truck can slide just as easily as a car. All the fools you see in the ditch on a snowy/icey roadway all thought they knew how to drive in these conditions. Way over confident. Don't be fooled by Ice road truckers on T.V. where it looks like they're going 60mph on a 2 lane haul road covered with ice/snow. If the producers filmed them actually driving normal, it would be a pretty boring show. So they add in some drama and a dingy chick. Hey, whatever sells, right? :smt119
     
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  3. Troy

    Troy Bobtail Member

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    Haven't read the whole topic so might have already been mentioned.
    Never been an OTR driver, only local mountain, and alot of plow truck so can't say for sure how hiway works but.....

    Learn how to put your chains on when it's good weather. Don't wait till it's pitch black out and 20 below to try to figure out how to chain up.

    Hope this helps ya.
     
  4. Hammer166

    Hammer166 Crusty Information Officer

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    Okay noobs, it's time for a short lesson in big rig dynamics. Knowledge is power; so grab a cup of joe, have a seat, and hang on. We're gonna slide a big truck around a little bit!

    Don't be afraid to ask questions, but please do it on the main thread so they're all in one place. I won't bite if ya ask a silly/stupid question (PrimeExample might argue this, but he had it coming. You'll see...) My only purpose is to help you be better equipped to deal with slick roads. All I ask is that you think about the 'why' of what the truck is doing.
    So jump on in, it's a little deep, but the water's fine!

    http://www.thetruckersreport.com/tr...enced-truckers-advice/52869-ice-ice-baby.html
     
  5. jtrnr1951

    jtrnr1951 Road Train Member

    If 6 inches of snow is on my trucks roof, will it affect the solar power recharge system? Oh, by the way, I've already changed the air in all my tires...
    Thanx
     
  6. Biscuit75

    Biscuit75 Road Train Member

    Does the chain on my wallet constitute a chain requirement?
     
  7. striker

    striker Road Train Member

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    where do I store my ice melt? who puts those chain thingies on the truck? how fast can I go with them chain thingies on?
     
  8. Roadmedic

    Roadmedic Road Train Member

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    Same place as last year. If you can't remember, look at the vehicle inspection report and your logbook.:biggrin_25522:
     
  9. striker

    striker Road Train Member

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    we carry chains year round, Colorado says you have to have them on the truck from Oct. 1st til May 1st. It's easier to just leave them on, then screw with them. I carry 3 complete set's of singles, enough so that I chain up all 4 drives and have some spares, or chains for the trailers. Colo. only requires 2 or 4 tires chained, and even the other states we run don't require drag (trailer) chains. As seen in the corner of the pic, I've already got one chained up, the other side the chain was laying over the tire, so there are still 4 more hanging there. On this occasion, I had chain up all 4 drives.

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    And yes I know, my bungees are crooked
     
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  10. striker

    striker Road Train Member

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    vehicle inspection? log book? you mean I'm actually supposed to fill those things out? darn, I knew I was doing something wrong:biggrin_2559:
     
  11. RangerBIll

    RangerBIll Bobtail Member

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    Carry chains, know how to use them. Don't be macho-if you don't feel equal to the
    conditions, park it.
     
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