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What is a Runaway Truck Ramp and Where Can You Find Them?

Friday, January 18th, 2019
What is a Runaway Truck Ramp and Where Can You Find Them?
Driving at higher elevations can be much more dangerous than at ground level.

When you’re a trucker, you never know where your next trip will take you. Maybe you’ll be in the mountains. Driving at higher elevations can be much more dangerous than at ground level. That’s why runaway truck ramps are in place to help you when you need them.

What Are They?

A runaway truck ramp is built on a downhill highway. It must be built with different trucking conditions in mind, though. That’s because gear settings could prevent downshifting, and brakes might be inoperable. These ramps help reduce the number of incidents where a trucking accident could cause a road to be shut down for other motorists. Two other problems that these ramps help solve are the potential for serious injury or even death as caused by these accidents.

Places to Look

There are several places around the country where you can look for runaway truck ramps. One is found at Monteagle Mountain in Tennessee. At the very top of the mountain, there is a ramp that leads to an inspection checkpoint. During this stop, you can make sure all of your tires, gears, and brakes are in good condition. You’ll also get more information about what the road ahead is like and how to navigate through it safely. Although trucks must stay to the right while going down the mountain, the runaway ramps are on the left side.

The second place to look is Wolf Creek Pass in Colorado. Uncontrolled speed on the western side of the Pass is what leads to most trucking accidents. There are two ramps to be found here, both on the right.

The third place you can find a runaway truck ramp is Teton Pass in Wyoming. The ramp here is covered with sand to help slow you down. But as in Monteagle, you’ll need to cross the road to get to the ramp. To enter it safely, keep to the center as much as you can.

The fourth place to look is Mount Rose Highway in Nevada. This is State Highway 431, which has been known to give truckers trouble. This ramp features a crash arrestor that will help guide you into safety webbing that will catch you and prevent you from sliding off the highway, which comes as a huge relief given that over 5000 vehicles a day travel along this road.

Of course, these are not the only runaway truck ramps in the country, just a couple of examples.

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Trucking Safely in Dangerous Winter Weather Conditions

Friday, January 4th, 2019

Trucking Safely in Dangerous Winter Weather Conditions

Any combination of snow, ice, rain, fog, and high winds can happen at any time during the winter and they can create some pretty dangerous road conditions.

As a trucker, you will likely be driving in all kinds of weather conditions. There are a variety of different climates within the boundaries of the continental U.S. This time of year especially, you will need to be on the lookout for winter weather and all that brings. Any combination of snow, ice, rain, fog, and high winds can happen at any time during the winter and they can create some pretty dangerous road conditions. (more…)

Navigating Fall Weather on the Road

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Navigating Fall Weather on the Road

Trucking, whether it’s for a short trip or the long haul, is a year-round job. It’s important to know how to drive safely in many adverse weather conditions.

Trucking, whether it’s for a short trip or the long haul, is a year-round job. You might have seen the shows where truckers drive into extreme winter weather in the harshest and most remote areas of the country. Chances are that your new trucker job won’t take you there. But here are some tips for navigating the rough fall weather while you’re on the road. (more…)

Simple Ways to Avoid Truck Accidents

Friday, May 25th, 2018

Simple Ways to Avoid Truck Accidents

Safety is your number one priority on the road!

As a new trucker, you’ll likely be starting out with a trainer or partner in the cab with you. Heed all of their advice. Safety should be your number one priority. If you’re starting out as a solo driver, just remember all the safety rules you learned in CDL training. If you need a refresher, here are some important safety rules to help avoid accidents. (more…)

The Best Way To Check Your Brakes For Safety

Friday, May 12th, 2017

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Checking your trucks brakes regularly can be a life-saver.

Every pre-trip inspection includes a detailed brake check. In fact, there are a lot of different factors that go into creating a safe truck to drive. (more…)

3 Ways To Save Your Tires

Friday, January 27th, 2017

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Keep your tires safe this winter!

Tires on trucks are a depreciating asset, as they endure wear and tear over time. Slowing the rate of depreciation in regards to them is key. In fact, replacement tires as a cost category are amongst the largest operating expenses of most fleets and are generally only exceeded by fuel costs. Depending on the number of trucks in a fleet, less than optimal management of tires can be incredibly costly to the bottom line. Maximizing tread life on tires is simply economical. Read below to discover ways to slow the depreciation of tires. (more…)

The Real Dangers of Texting and Trucking

Friday, September 30th, 2016

While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.

While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.

It’s always tempting to look at your cell phone when you’re driving, especially when your commute depends on weather and traffic conditions.  On a time constraint?  A rainstorm can mean the difference between arriving late and showing up on time.  And our phones are second nature, now; we look at them every chance we get.  While you may have heard of the dangers of texting and driving regular cars, it’s vital we talk about how texting while trucking has led to a huge national rise in truck accidents.  Curious about the risks?  Read on.


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