Truck Drivers Talk Icy Conditions from Behind the Wheel of A Semi-Trailer Tuck

Truck drivers say those icy, and even windy, conditions are not easy for them to drive in, and they sometimes have to decide to pull over and wait out bad weather.
By Monica Yantosh

LUBBOCK, TX -- Some truck drivers said icy, and even windy, conditions make the roads so bad, even they have to pull over and wait out until the weather clears.

Many of the drivers explained that it actually helps them when their trailer is full, and helps to give them more traction on the roadways. That weight can also be helpful in windy conditions, because it makes it harder for the wind to blow their trailer.

We asked a few truck drivers to describe what it's like when they're driving in bad conditions.

"It's scary, and you pray," one driver told us.
 
"It's a come to Jesus moment, let me tell you," another said.

"Pay real close attention. When it get's real bad, just pull over and stop somewhere," one driver told us.

"If the conditions get too bad, you gotta shut it down. There's just no load that's worth your life, or somebody else's," a driver named John told KLBK. "Slow down, you gotta slow down, and you know, deal with the elements, and a lot of people don't do that."

John said he's been driving for about 18 years, and being from Wisconsin, he's used to snow, but the West Texas winds give him some trouble. "It's a lot more difficult, because you don't, your truck is moving over, it's trying to take you off the road."

Others said too that it's often better to just pull over and wait until the worst is over. John even gives the same advice to other drivers. "Conditions like we had this morning, stay home. Don't go out there. It's not worth it. I mean I've seen cars that were rolled over, you know, you don't need to do that."

A lot of the drivers recommended to others on the road to always leave enough space between cars, including trucks. They also remind drivers to try to stay in a truck drivers line of sight, for both your safety and theirs.

As more wintery weather is expected in the next few days, you can check road conditions ahead of time in a few different ways. You can call the TxDOT Road Condition Hotline at (800)452-9292, or you can head to their website
here.

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