April 28, 2010
On days like this it can be so windy it even blows the hair off the top of your head. But for us, it can be an inconvenience. For truckers, it can be down right dangerous.
“I don't particularly like driving in high winds." Indiana trucker, Thomas Sparks said.
Few truckers do like driving in high winds like we’re experiencing this week.
"Yea it blows you around a lot. Just about 15 minutes ago it almost blew me off the shoulder," Sparks said.
Many of us who drive high profile vehicles like SUV’s or pickups know how much more difficult it is to keep them in the driving lane with cross winds.
Now, consider how high a semi’s trailer is and you can see why windy days increase the driving hazard for truckers and the rest of us.
"The cross wind is a constant fight for the fact you go in and out of underpasses. When you go into an underpass the wind's not there. When you come out the wind wants to blow you over into the other lane so you have to be really aware of a windy day like this," Kansas trucker, Orville Hunzeker.
Hunzeker has been trucking throughout the U.S. and Canada for 55 years and seen it all. On the other hand, Michigan trucker, Chuck Losicki has only been trucking for four months.
"I've got to be more conscious of it moreso because of my inexperience, that's for sure," Losicki said. "It slows you down. You got to slow it down. You've got to watch your trailer, especially this trailer. It's empty right now and is going to be very hard to maneuver, keep in control.”
"It’s very dangerous. You not only got the cars to deal with but the wind too. You got the high winds. If you're empty it makes it kind of rough on you," Kansas trucker, Chad Mathis said.
So on windy days like this we just have to hold on to our hats. Truckers, they have to hold on to their rigs. At the Newton Truck stop in Newton, Chris Frank, KAKE news."