Texas Trucker Falls Victim To High-Speed Cross Winds

One thing most motorists don’t usually think about too much is driving in high-speed crosswinds. It may take a little getting used to, but it’s not that difficult – unless of course you’re in a tiny city car that feels like it could be blown off the road.

However, while most passenger car drivers can deal with crosswinds quite easily, it is a much more difficult task for truck drivers.

Also Read: Trailer Detachment On The Autobahn Causes Truck Crash

If a gust of wind hits the side of a truck, and particularly a large semi, the vehicle’s huge surface and high center of gravity might cause it to topple over. Which is exactly what happened to one truck earlier this week in Texas.

The dashcam footage shows the truck cruising along a two-lane highway when strong gusts of winds between 50 mph (80 km/h) and 75 mph (120 km/h) begin to push it to the right. Moments later, a strong gust of wind pushes the vehicle on to its side. It proceeds to slide along the road for a good 100 or so feet before coming to a rest half on the highway and half on the grass median strip.

If you’re driving a truck at highway speeds and encounter strong winds, the only way to to avoid this from happening is slow down dramatically. However, the safest option is to simply park when there are strong winds and to wait until the huge gusts subside.

 

  • THERE’S GOOD REASON THEY ARE BANNED FROM CERTAIN ROADS AND BRIDGES DURING HIGH WINDS.

    • Bash

      Your statement is not correct, 1) yes there is a reason for banning the trucks from certain roads and bridges (like height issues and traffic/pedestrian areas). 2) this road clearly is interstate highway; where else do you want trucks/trailers to be?! 3) banning the trucks from from the roads is not a solution during the high winds; the solution is to stop at the road side and at safe distance, the truck might still subject to turn over, but at least it will be away from traffic and potential bigger problem.

  • Paul

    Whoa Nellie.

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