Crazy Winds and Snowfall
Storm Kayla is the 11th named snowstorm of this winter. Sustained winds will ramp up on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 with heavy snowfall in Kayla’s path. Visibility is expected to be zero at times, even without the additional snowfall.
Heavy snow is expected from New Mexico, across Colorado and southern Wyoming, into parts of Nebraska, western Kansas and New Mexico.
Drivers should think twice about venturing out. Wind is unpredictable and wind gusts are an X-factor, especially if pulling an empty trailer. If roads are slick, a trailer can slide off. Even if traction is good, a sudden gust of wind can tip a tractor-trailer over.
Rollovers are one of the leading causes of fatal truck driving crashes.
Plan your routes carefully if operating in one of the storm’s danger areas. It can takes weeks of work to make-up for even a $1,000 deductible. A lost life can never be repaired.
This storm will affect about 18 million people and millions of drivers. Don’t become a statistic.
Travel across the region will become very difficult, if not impossible, by Tuesday evening. Plan ahead now. Postpone unnecessarily travel. National Weather Service
Tips for Storm Kayla
• Don’t wait until the road is shut down. You could become trapped and become a hazard to other drivers and vehicles.
• If you have to have chains to drive, then you probably shouldn’t be out on the road at all.
• Drifting snow can pack and form ice on the road. Ice on the road is not good.
• If visibility in Storm Kayla is as bad as it is expected to be, it is possible to lose sight of the edge of the road and end up in the ditch. Worse yet, you may follow the vehicle ahead of you into the ditch.
• Nobody who ever was in a crash expected to be in one. About 25% of crashes are due to bad weather conditions. If you crash, you may given a ticket. If others are hurt, you will be legally liable.
• Stand down when you still have the chance. Nobody will be coming out to save you.
• 49 CFR § 392.14 says:
Extreme caution in the operation of a commercial motor vehicle shall be exercised when hazardous conditions, such as those caused by snow, ice, sleet, fog, mist, rain, dust, or smoke, adversely affect visibility or traction. Speed shall be reduced when such conditions exist. If conditions become sufficiently dangerous, the operation of the commercial motor vehicle shall be discontinued and shall not be resumed until the commercial motor vehicle can be safely operated. Whenever compliance with the foregoing provisions of this rule increases hazard to passengers, the commercial motor vehicle may be operated to the nearest point at which the safety of passengers is assured.
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