Traveling on highway during gusty winds is not easy for trailer-truck drivers

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We all lived through one brutally windy day Monday, and it’s still a bit windy Tuesday. And sometimes, you can feel that wind push your car on the highway. 

It’s tough enough for cars and pick-up trucks to drive through high winds on a road or highway, but with trailer trucks, that becomes a much bigger problem. 

22News spoke with one trailer truck driver who said the impacts on his 18-wheeler all depend on the wind speed. Trucks can start rocking with winds over 30 and 40 miles per hour, but real issues arise when winds gust much higher than that;  the way they did on Monday.

“When they hit 55/65 miles per hour…anything under that, it rocks your trailer, but it’s better than 65 miles per hour,” Ed Ryan, a trailer-truck driver from Chicopee explained. 

Ryan said he saw trailers blowing sideways on the Mass Pike. The risk is even greater if the trailer’s empty, or for tandem-trailers, both of which tip over more easily on a windy day.

Local truck driver Joseph Scappace told 22News the primary issues are exiting tunnels, long and high bridges, and avoiding debris on roads. He recommends a relaxed, but firm, grip on the steering wheel, and to not panic when being blown around. Scappace said the biggest safety tip is to slow it down.

But at least we are finally expecting some relief from the wind later this week

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