Business, Equipment, Safety

Treatments, Tools Help Fleets Battle Corrosion, Snow Accumulation

A. Duie Pyle truck moves underneath a snow scraper Less-than-truckload carrier A. Duie Pyle uses snow-removal equipment from Scraper Systems to clear the top of a trailer. (A. Duie Pyle)

Snow and ice, as well as the chemicals used to keep highways clear, can bring additional challenges to fleets during winter months.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 22, 2019
Business, Technology, Equipment

Preventive Maintenance Helps Stop Rust Due to Road Salt

Snowy Truck A truck owner clears off snow from his truck. Snow speeds corrosion of a truck, experts say. (John Sommers II/Transport Topics)

Winter weather brings one of the trucking industry’s greatest simultaneous friends and foes: road salt. Salt prevents and melts ice, making road surfaces safer for travel, but it also significantly speeds corrosion of a truck.

Katie Pyzyk | Special to Transport Topics
November 9, 2018

Winter Storm Stella Is Bearing Down: What You Need to Know

Winter Storm Stella is forecast to blast up the East Coast late March 13 and March 14, providing much of the region with its biggest snowfall of the winter.

John Bacon | USA Today
March 13, 2017

How Washington DOT Uses Bombs, a Howitzer and an M60 Tank to Keep the Roads Open


SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. — John Stimberis’ office looks nothing like that of a typical state employee.

Evan Bush | The Seattle Times
February 3, 2017

Truckers Rely on the Pusher to Get Over California’s Donner Summit

Todd Lappin/Flickr

With drought-defying snowstorms romping through the Sierra on a weekly basis, truckers once again are discovering how tough California’s Interstate 80 Donner Pass can be.

Tony Bizjak | The Sacramento Bee
December 27, 2016

Historic Blizzard Freezes Traffic, Disrupts Shipping on East Coast

Michael Watkins

Winter Storm Jonas set snowfall records on the East Coast, wreaking havoc from South Carolina to Massachusetts, leaving truckers stranded and claiming 48 lives.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
February 1, 2016

Snow Thanks, Say Truckers: Wintry Weather a Headache for Country's Pro Drivers


At trucking giants such as Covenant Transport in Chattanooga, Tennessee — which operates a fleet of about 2,700 trucks — entire departments are dedicated to monitoring weather and dealing with emergencies, snarls and re-routes.

Alex Green | Chattanooga (Tenn.) Times Free Press
January 7, 2016
Business, Logistics

Carriers Utilize Specialized Equipment to Remove Snow, Ice From Trailer Tops

Heavy snow and ice buildup on trucks and trailers can sap fuel economy, add weight, damage the equipment and even create a safety hazard if it breaks loose on the road. To avoid these risks, trucking companies are using a variety of specialized snow-removal systems to clear the tops of their vehicles.

Mindy Long | Special to Transport Topics
November 30, 2015

Severe Winter Cost 23 States More Than $1 Billion to Keep Roads Open and Safe, AASHTO Survey Finds

Missouri Department of Transportation

Twenty-three states spent a total of more than $1.1 billion between October and April to pre-treat, plow or spread chemicals and other materials on roads to keep them open and safe this past season, according to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Michele Fuetsch | Staff Reporter
May 4, 2015

Snowy States Rely on Trucks to Counter Mother Nature

Missouri Department of Transportation

Transport Topics is closed March 5 due to a weather emergency. While snow is sometimes viewed as the enemy of trucking, when it comes to moving goods over highways, trucks also are the primary weapon for state and local governments to fight winter’s blowing flakes.

March 2, 2015