Ask Wayne:  How Truckers Get Weather & Road Condition Updates

Wayne Cragg was a driver for USA Truck during 2012-2013.  Below are his thoughts and experiences driving for the company during that time.  The views and opinions expressed below are his and not representative of those of Driver Solutions.  

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Wayne,  how do truckers stay updated on severe weather warnings and road conditions?


Weather updates are so important when it comes to truck driving jobs.  When I first get a load header, I check out where I'm going and get the atlas out to check out 2 different places in-between. I have a smartphone and The Weather Channel App as well. I then input the 3 different locations I just looked up to check out their 3 to 5 day forecast. It's a great way to see what the weather is going to be like along your route.

I also check out The Weather Channel's website and look at their extended forecast model. Just recently I was in Amarillo and I had a couple days notice that they had a "Winter Storm Watch" for the night after the day of my delivery. So I asked dispatch if there was anyway to get me out of there with a load that same day. It worked out well as I was able to get a load and just keep in front of the "Winter Storm."  Good timing for sure.

I'm hoping that at some point I can get XM Satellite Radio. My phase 2 trainer had this and it was awesome! I was able to keep up with The Weather Channel whenever I wanted. It was great.

I also get severe weather alerts on my smartphone.  I came from the Seattle area before truck driving, (And my son is going to college there) so I have an app from one of Seattle's local TV stations. I gave them permission to check out where I'm at when I get on their app to check out the Seattle local news. This way, wherever I am at, the local weather shows up wherever I may be. It's a very cool part to their app. A small thing, but super important when bad weather like that tornado in Atlanta a couple of weeks ago comes rolling in. I was on that app and saw the tornado warning just before the sirens started whaling. Not that it mattered much, since the place I was at left us 5 truckers outside to brave the bad weather!! But at least I knew it was coming.

Take Care and be safe out there!


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