Blizzard conditions make driving a challenge for commercial truck driversFargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Blizzard conditions this weekend, making driving difficult. Winds could possibly reach 30-50 mph. For commercial trucks making their rounds, that means battling wind and poor visibility.
By: Becky Parker, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Blizzard conditions this weekend, making driving difficult. Winds could possibly reach 30-50 mph. For commercial trucks making their rounds, that means battling wind and poor visibility.
Blowing snow is already reducing visibility in northwest Minnesota tonight, and sub-zero temperatures are also expected this weekend. For drivers of commercial semi-trucks, it's a challenge they face every winter.
Truck driver Matt Lyson says windy roads can make for a thrilling day at the "office."
Lyson: "It's definitely an adventure. You're sitting there, you've got the white-knuckle grip, trying to hold it on the road. Then worry about everybody else not, either cutting you off or cutting in your lane. It's definitely an adventure."
Blizzard-like conditions are headed this way, but trucking companies still need to make their rounds…
Though perhaps, a bit slower than usual.
Shereck: "That snow is going to blow across the road, it's going to freeze, we're going to have ice, it's going to slow the trucks down."
That wind not only reduces visibility, but threatens to tip tall trucks… particularly if the load is light.
Lyson: "The lighter you get, the worse it is for you. Because, you stick this in the wind and it's like a sailboat or a kite, whatever you want to call it."
The cold is also a factor.
Diesel fuel starts to gel when the temps drop to zero, so they use additives to thin it out.
Bellerud Transport Vice President Paul Shereck says they have the added challenge of adjusting new trucks to the cold climate.
Shereck: "That's one of the things that is always interesting when new technology comes out, is 'have you tested it in our winters.' Because this weather that we're having this weekend is probably the most brutal, and it's not fit for man nor machine."
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reminding all drivers to check road conditions before heading out, and give plows plenty of room.