The moment a semi-truck almost crashed amid high winds in Colorado has been immortalized on the Internet.
For 20 action-packed seconds, a YouTube video shows the gale-force winds buffeting the side of the truck as it attempts to survive.
The multi-ton vehicle is seen teetering on its side axles before it slams into a fence.
Eyewitness Jake Stokes said, “They (truck drivers) had severe wind storm warnings. The highway got shut down shortly after several trailers and fifth-wheel campers were blown over,” Yahoo reported.
Instructor Richard Noeller added to Eyewitness News 12 that the field helped the driver keep the trailer balanced.
“And as that tractor pivots around the centrifugal force is going to toss the trailer back,” said Noeller.
According to a Travelers’ website, “Driving in conditions that involve strong wind or heavy rain can be relatively common and may not be the most pressing safety concern for many drivers, but … safety professionals know that driving in severe weather can significantly increase the risk of a dangerous situation for you, your family and other drivers.”
It says to be aware of one’s surroundings and weather reports before driving so as to avoid a windstorm.
“Be aware of large vehicles on the road such as tractor-trailers and recreational vehicles. They are more susceptible to high winds and drivers may have difficulties staying in their lanes,” it adds.
Meanwhile, drivers should keep a firm grip on the steering wheel at all times amid a windstorm.
Trick to Unstuck Your Vehicle
A trick that country folk have used for decades might not be known by everyone.
The person places a piece of wood over the tire and tied it to the wheel.
Then the driver is able to use the stick to gain more traction while traveling on the mud.
The YouTuber then recommends to “just keep a wooden plank in the back” of the bed.
However, the method may not work for every car, truck, or vehicle. Try it at your own risk.
Some people praised the user: “Because of this video I was not stuck in the woods all night while my husband was beaver trapping/hunting. It had rained and our trail washed out while we were in the woods. Instead of having to stay the night, I pulled this up and we were out in an hour.”
Added another, “This is fantastic. It worked like a charm. I used a piece of 2×4 and fastened it with a nylon strap with a plastic buckle. I figured the buckle would give way but it didn’t. THANK YOU!!!”
A third continued, “Thank you for this video. This is very helpful. Very simple and yet it works so well. Thank you again.”
Another issued a warning, saying, “First make sure there is plenty of clearance between tyre and things like suspension arms /brake lines in the inside. Example – my car has only 15mm and has to have OEM snow chains that are held in place by special tread plates. The setup shown would take out the brake lines AND yes, it’s a 4WD!! Otherwise not knocking this great get-you-home idea.”