The full article is on Observer-Reporter, a news website.
It’s sobering to see a report like this… and all the more so when it’s another Conway family driver.
A Conway Freight driver died after being hit by another driver, only moments after crashing his own truck. The crash was due to winter weather conditions.
Jai and I send our heartfelt condolence to the family of that driver… and would like to share our thoughts about it – as well as ask other drivers to comment below.
It is sobering… and a reminder to shut down when conditions are too dangerous for yourself or other drivers to continue.
But it begs the question…
“When does winter weather cross the line from
OK to drive to — to UNSAFE to drive?”
Some drivers think they have to push through no matter what. Rain. Snow. Sleet. Fog. Black Ice.
But what load is worth a life? Yours or someone else’s?
Jai and I have made the choice to shut down more than once. Snow so thick you can’t see through it. Black ice. Fog.
And every time one or the other of us made the decision to shut it down, it was a tough decision. We want to get the load to the customer on time. We want to do our job to the best of our ability. But sometimes, it’s simply too dangerous to continue.
You can talk yourself out of shutting down though. You think, “Oh, I can do this. It’s not that bad.”
Coming across Wyoming last week, the winds were 55 mph plus. We were carrying 14,000 pounds, which is the almost like being empty. A 55 mph gust can whip you across the road in a heartbeat. One minute you’re in your lane. The next you’re across the road.
I have seen a truck push the envelope and end up on the wrong end of it. His trailer was literally lifting off the ground on one side. I couldn’t believe he kept going.
I stopped at a rest area for a few minutes and returned to the road only to see that same truck on it’s side, on the left shoulder with police cars directing traffic around it. I hope the driver was alright. I didn’t know if he was or not.
If you drive a big truck, we’d like to hear your thoughts on this. Take a moment to post.
Keep your shiney side up!
Andrea & Jai