I drive tractor-trailer for a living. I'll be the first to admit...there are a lot of REALLY BAD truck drivers out there. However, I have many, many years experience driving mountain passes, in ice and snow. We all pass plows. It's ok when it's safe. Often times the road is no worse ahead of a plow. A thing about driving a truck up hill, that most people don't understand is momentum. If you go to slow up hill, gravity can overcome your forward momentum. Then you spin out and are stuck. Of course on the way back down I generally go slower, as that same momentum is working against me. There are many factors that dictate speed on snow and ice, weight
, grade, pitch, lighting
, visibility, road conditions traffic conditions, chains, etc... A good driver can ride this fine line. Even the best driver can and will find them self in a unwinnable situation, eventually. You spend enough time in those conditions, even if you do everything right, your bound to have a problem. It's easy to second guess a driver afterwards.
The "bad" should not have passed the plow, right there.
The dash cam guy is right. You hit the brakes
in those conditions? Your going to get a chance to say hello to the back of your trailer.
As far as mocking him for screaming? Who here wouldn't do the same? It can be a "white knuckle" experience driving in these conditions. Ten hours a day of actual driving, in a 12-14 hour day, like this is exhausting and leaves you all "keyed up." We're out there we see, all the time, what happens on the roads. He had the very real possibility of a had on collision or punching through that guard rail. I've seen both, it's not good. He may be a "big bad truck driver screaming like a girl." But, we (truck drivers) die all the time. It's in the top ten of the deadliest jobs.
I practically LIVE in this truck, I don't want to DIE in this truck!
Ok rant over, I meant no offense to anyone.