How Semis Handle the High Winds

How Semis Handle the High Winds

WTVO / WQRF – If there's one place you don't want to be when severe weather happens, it's on the open road. Winds kick up and can easily cause drivers to lose control. But when it comes to truckers, they have it much worse.
WTVO / WQRF -- It's a scene that gives truck drivers nightmares:  semis on their sides. Sunday's 70-80mph wind gusts caused at least five semi-trucks to blow over on I-39 and I-88.  Ken Bons is a driving instructor at Spirit CDL in Belvidere, “You're scared to death, to begin with.  No ifs, ands, buts about it, someone tells you they ain't scared when that truck starts going sideways on you, they're lying to you."

But even Bons has his scares at times, "The wind grabbed me and it pushed me like the truck was getting ready to go across the bridge sideways. And I caught it just it time."

One of his newest students is Josh Mayer. He says, “You really have to watch the weather and see what's coming up to know if it's safe enough to be out on the road."

Aaron Bulian was out on the roads Sunday: “I was not surprised. I knew with the winds as high as they were yesterday, I’d probably see one or two--I was surprised to see at least five that I counted."

Truck drivers say they have to get approval from their dispatchers to pull over and wait for the dangerous weather to end.  But sometimes, safety isn't the main concern.

Bons says, "There are dispatchers out there--they don't care what the road conditions are, or anything else, just get that freight from point A to point B on time, no matter what the cost. And that's sad."

And situations like that jeopardize the life of drivers and other people on the road.

Not surprisingly, hardest hit areas around the Stateline were south on I-88 & I-39 with a 79mph wind gust reported in rock falls and an 85mph wind gust reported in Ashton.
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