Cold Weather Driving & Patience

Cold Weather Driving and Patience


This week was cold. It is funny sometimes what the cold can do to a tractor and trailer. In Ontario we had the windshield washer fluid freeze up. The problem with that is all the salt spray kicked up off the road makes it almost impossible to see. You just have to stop and pour water on it to clear it. Then you have to get the ice out of the lines.


The other thing is the brake pads will freeze to the brake drums. Whenever you stop for a break you have to set the brakes. There in no parking break in an air system. If there is water on the brakes and it is too cold it will freeze the two together. Trying to break them loose is another matter. When we stop for the night we release them every fifteen minutes and move the truck a little bit. If you do that a couple of times they won't be stuck in the morning.  You move the truck so your tires don't melt the snow and then freeze up later. If your brakes are frozen then you can hit the drum with a hammer and that will generally separate them.


Preparation and patience is what it takes but even in this weather some don't use either.

It warmed up and then got cold real quick. We had to stop early in Arkansas because I-40 In Tennessee was closed down. People were driving too fast for the weather and tailgating.  We saw several jackknifed trucks, trucks on their side, and smashed up cars.


The Lord and His Apostles teach about patience.

Strong's defines it as, "steadfastness, constancy, endurance. In the NT the characteristic of a man who is not swerved from his deliberate purpose and his loyalty to faith and piety by even the greatest trials and suffering patiently, and steadfastly patient, steadfast waiting for a patient enduring, sustaining, perseverance.


Cold weather in not a cross we carry but our attitude when in cold weather is important. Pride comes before the destruction and bad driving is prideful.  How patient are we in our cars? Can we hold up under the stress? Sometimes I just wonder but then look how someone acts when their food has onions on it when they did not want them.

Patience is part of our Christian values.


From the road and in Christ,