Change . . . or Die
As we transition from fall to winter weather, our driving habits have to transition as well. The main habit to develop is to drive for conditions. Usually, this means slowing down.
Three tractor-trailers recently crashed on I-75. The primary root cause of this safety event was loss of vehicle control and a jackknife into the medium, tearing out a section of the wall. Debris caused a third tractor-trailer to crash and for both directions of 1-75 to be shut down for four hours, affecting thousands of people.
Slow down for slick roads. Slow down for wet roads. As the Missouri CDL Manual advises:
Reduce speed by about one-third (e.g., slow from 55 to about 35 mph) on a wet road. On packed snow, reduce speed by a half, or more. If the surface is icy, reduce speed to a crawl and stop driving as soon as you can safely do so.
With the new budget bill, Congress suspended the 1AM to 5 AM provision and the 168-hour rule the DOT imposed on the 34-hour restart provision. The rule is suspended for a period of one year for the DOT to further study the issue. The 30 minute rest break requirement is still in effect.
Merry Christmas! Have a safe holiday season.