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Published November 07, 2011, 07:15 PM

Truckers Gearing Up For Sometimes Dangerous Winter Driving

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Truck driving can be a dangerous way to make a living. And with winter upon us, the conditions truckers face can be life-threatening.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Truck driving can be a dangerous way to make a living. And with winter upon us, the conditions truckers face can be life-threatening.

Some drivers at a Grand Forks truck stop told me they are "road veterans."

High winds and ice are red flags to truck drivers in the north.

Not only do conditions like that cause dangers for truck drivers themselves, but it's unsafe for vehicles around them as well.

Many drivers have the same advice: to take the roads as if you're stepping on glass and be cautious no matter the condition.

"A lot of times, 53 footers is just like a sail, catches the wind if you're light. I've had my wheels come right up off of the ground," trucker Bubba Fabel said.

It's best for cars to steer clear of big trucks when driving in these conditions.

18-wheelers take at least 150 yards to stop when going 75 miles an hour.

Fortunately they haven't been in any accidents but they've definitely had some close calls.

And when they're in rough conditions, they pull over.

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