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How to Climb & Descend a Slippery Grade in a Tractor Trailer

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Climbing a slippery or snow-covered road in a tractor trailer can be quite a challenge for any truck driver.
A 35+ year veteran trucker, gives a few tips for successfully climbing a slippery grade and descending too.
Watch a demonstration of climbing the grade, while the driver uses a few techniques useful to prevent slides.

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Methamorph says:

What about retarder brakes?

Barry White says:

Sweet rig man and thanks

Charles Norris says:

I drive autos,aside from drive interlocks any tips for those?great video btw👍

JeepCherokeeful says:

If the hill looks bad, but not enough for chains, you’d want to engage the axle lockers too. When you can’t decide whether to chain up or not, just throw some iron! If you meet some you know, don’t be afraid to ask how the hill is, but usually they’ll give a heads up. And throw those cable chains in the recycling bin!

Luis Zambrano says:

Thank you I needed this video. My company sent me for a Hazmat clean up job on a diesel tank at the Cupertino Mine in San Jose in our tanker and the hill was so steep that unfortunately I couldn’t climb the mountain due to spinning out ( I tried to take it in 4th). The mechanic ended up taking the truck up the mountain but it’s been on the back of my mind since that’s one of our common clients that one day I’m going to conquer that steep hill lol.

Louie J says:

I was creeping down the hill 25 mph in black ice but my automatic started to automatically braking and caused a jackknife I corrected it but are these tips for black ice or just snow and clear ice ?

Buck Mergler says:

Today’s trucks are garbage. Interlock won’t engage or stay in above 35 mph, without limited slip or posi-trac, worthless! Don’t get me started on driving those conditions with “Slipper Singles!”

Aidrus Salim says:

Can you use engine breaks on a slippery road conditions? Is it safe? Thanks

Randy Wiesendanger says:

the inter axle lock only locks the front axle to the rear axle in theory giving you better traction but in reality it is all mental. What actually occurs is that the 2 wheels with the ability to spin will unless you can manage to keep traction equal on most of them.
I dealt with that on runways. You need the ability to lock all wheels together which most trucks do not. I found that two wheels with the worst traction would spin no matter which way the interlock was set. The interlock would only find the worst wheels on front and back.

Bey D says:

Best way to get up a slippery hill or down is to not try it at all lol 😂

Gerald Paul says:

The 139 ppl that dislike y’all will be in the ditch with a damage vehicle.

Alayna Bouret says:

Do you have chains on?

Scott Stewart says:

Slow is very key. I was going around a corner yesterday near Big Sky Montana and I lost traction around a corner. Truck went the wrong way going 50. Luckily I was able to steer it back and nobody was coming. Scared the shit out of me

John Last says:

I drove for years and years with one of those spinner knobs on my steering wheel. Than one day I ran into a driver that lost his thumb and destroyed his wrist when he had a steer axle blowout and the wheel whipped around and the knob caught his hand. I took mine off the same day.

Randy Trevor says:

Jake brake is a big no no going down an icy hill. You want to pick a gear with not too much engine breaking because it will lock the wheels. Pump the breaks and go slow. It’s a fine fine line going down hill. Up hill is easy. Down hill not so much. If you can let it go, then let it go. If you can’t then you best have a good feel for them breaks that’s all I can say

maydrock says:

Well, with only a couple weeks experience under my belt, the other day I was paving downhill with two bottom dumps. We dump in first because the contractor manually controls the AC dumping. Once my trailers cleared the wind row, I picked up speed because of the steep grade and tached out. I was to scared to try to shift because I was worried I would miss the gear, but the low gear was causing to much of breaking effect and caused me to start sliding on the oil they lay down before the AC. I feathered the breaks every so often, but pretty much slalomed my way down the hill. Not sure how I could have improved things, but at least I made. Next time think I will try second and tell the paver he might have to jog.

Hal Kael says:

Great advice… but going down a slippery hill with NO jake is about as dangerous as going down a slippery hill with the jake on three heads (full jake). Turn down your jake to two or one head and depending on how steep, compensate with about 20lbs of braking… your brakes will never over heat with 20lbs of pressure! Remember, "runaway lanes are for drivers who use their brakes"… so if you turn OFF your jake, you are relying on your brakes to slow you down once your rpm climbs… USE YOUR JAKE!! just use it properly, it has stages for a reason!!

Stephen Martin says:

this should all be common sense…..but I guess that isn't all that common I suppose lol

MrBoogy00000 says:

Great advice. Thumbs up and new sub. Thanks for taking your time to share your knowledge.

Dead To Flesh says:

my first year and my first winter was in a 13 speed and i delt with cabage, deadmans pass and donners pass that winter. i didn't exactly love it but i felt more in control than i did this winter while in an automatic. my company has gone to all automatics. do you have any experience in the winter with an automatic or any tips for handling slick grades in a truck that wants to upshift when it gains speed rather than stay where you want it. i hate that it forces me to break when braking may not be the best ideah at the time but if you dont it's going to shift up and continue to gain speed. i think automatics are death traps in the winter.

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