High winds can become a safety concern for truck driversFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For most of us, the wind over the last 2-days is just an inconvenience. For truck drivers, it can be a safety concern, and bottom-line breaker.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV0 - For most of us, the wind over the last 2-days is just an inconvenience. For truck drivers, it can be a safety concern, and bottom-line breaker.
The wind is still whipping out here this evening at Loves Truck Stop. Earlier today Fargo recorded a wind gust to 55 mph that's nearly severe Thunderstorm strength and winds like that make truck drivers days stressful in several ways.
Drivers were taking extra care out on the interstate today.
ROLLAND KUTZBACHI - Truck Driver: "You just got a watch your trailer. Your trailer starts to move on you, your trailer always moves over about a half a tire, and you just got to go ahead and prepare. If you get a gust of wind you got to make sure that you go ahead and get underneath it or it will get away from you.”
And Drivers with empty trailer really need to take extra care on days like this. We found one driver that after 15 years on the road was having his first experience with a Dakota Breeze
MATHEW WHETZEL - Truck Driver: “I'm from Wichita so, the wind down there is pretty wicked but up here this is my first time in North Dakota, so it definitely interesting.”
While these big rigs only average about 8 miles per gallon on a good day, driving into the wind drops that low average even lower and with diesel over $4 a gallon that can cut deep into the bottom line.
ROLLAND KUTZBACHI - Truck Driver: “It probably knocks it down to 2, 2 and half miles per gallon.”
ROLLAND KUTZBACHI - Truck Driver: "You got make 6 miles per gallon to make the fuel surcharge to go ahead and count up."
You would think that with the high price of fuel and a head wind truckers might want to lay up until thing calmed down.
ROLLAND KUTZBACHI - Truck Driver: "You can't go ahead and go to work and you aren't getting paid for it, it's a dead deal. Everything just keeps on going. The Government does not quit taken money from you just because it's a wind day.”
So after a stressful day on the road and in the finances I good night sleep would be in order but even there the wind can reek havoc.
MATHEW WHETZEL - Truck Driver: “When your trying to sleep at night and the trailers rocking at night so the rig is rocking rather so yeah it's an interesting night.”
Our wind should be settling down after midnight and our friend from Wichita should have found some relief south of Sioux City Iowa.