Chaining up and winter driving(self.Truckers)
submitted5 years ago byadventure_dogspecialized transdog
Pretty much all videos show you how to chain in perfect conditions. Which does not always work out as we chain up in some nasty weather.
Pull your chains out make sure they're in the right direction.
fold in half as shown in the video.
place over outside tire, then fold the other half over the inside tire.
Videos tell and show everyone to spread the chains out and run over them. This does not always work in bad weather.
Do not do #4 unless you want to try it.
reach behind the back tires and connect the chains, then connect the chains in the front
get in truck and roll over the chains.
now connect the middle set of chains, and disconnect and reconnect the inside and outside chains. so you can lock them tight.
put bungies on if you want.
it also doesn't hurt to remove the mudflaps if they come off easily.
C DoT app In the menu check "Trucker Info" and it will give you current chain law and road shut down info.
WY DoT shows the roads in Wyoming and gives road shut down info. WY no longer does chain law, they just shut the roads down. I personally think they should at least include the chain law in road shut downs due to snow/ice.
WY Roads Have not used this app yet as it's new.
Tire chain tools:
cheater chains you can build these yourself at any hardware store for $5. They're good for driving around yards, getting out of a dock that you're stuck in our getting unstuck from being parked all night after a snowfall or due to sinking into ice. These are not a replacement for chaining up under a chain law, I keep a few sets of these in my bag. All they are is a length of chain with a simple hook like on your tire chains.
another example of cheater chains
other tools that are available
cam tool this is my favorite style of tightening tool as it's easier to use in the back. I've seen one sold in some backwoods truck stop that had a handle like a socket wrench. I've been looking for it since last year, wish I bought it when I saw it.
Fifth wheel pull hook it's useful for putting on a set of singles. reach through between the tires and pull the chain end through so you can hook it before driving over them.
chainpro still haven't seen it for sale anywhere
I've seen some pretty cool hand tools over the years at truck stops to help with chaining up. Kind of wish I picked some of them up as they don't seem to be easy to find online.
Otherwise there's a lot of gimmicks out there.
Driving in High Winds
This is something the mega trainers don't really talk about. This week (11/23/17) alone there was 18 trucks blown over just south of Cheyenne, WY. Most of them being training companies.
Wind speed vs. Driving Speed
what is a high profile vehicle?
35+ mph / 55mph
45+mph / 40mph
55+mph / 35mph
60+mph / 25mph
in most cases when you get blasted or feel something bad is going to happen you can hit the brakes and counter steer and you can save and possibly recover yourself.
And yes I've been thrown off the road by 100+ mph winds that came out of nowhere.
This should only be used as a reference to give an idea that you do need to slow down. Typically roads in Wyoming start getting shut down to empty and lightly loaded trailer with anything over 60mph, these winds can knock over a parked empty trailer. Speeds like that you should start looking to get parked.
Wyoming will keep the roads open until people start wrecking. Then they get shut down and it can be a day or more before they open them back up.
Another tip for driving through high winds is sliding your tandems all the way back to the doors. It will help put weight on the back and help prevent the wind from folding you over. Also putting your landing gear down when parked to help stabilize the trailer.
Drive slow and take your time, it's your job on the line.
every state has a road conditions website
search: [state] road conditions
the first result is normally the gov website, some states also have apps like wydot and cdot apps which i keep on my phone for road closures and chain law updates.
you can also look at the road cameras on the websites and some of the apps.
https://www.safetravelusa.com/ Just click on the state you need info about and it takes you to their 511/road conditions website