About Joe Martin
As a truck driver with 30 years of experience, I have a single purpose – educate professional truck drivers. Truck drivers are professionals, which means we never stop learning, never stop improving, and always strive to be the best. Our employers, customers and general public expect no less.
At Excell PDT, we educate big rig drivers through in-depth instructional videos. Our mountain, ice and snow training video teaches drivers visually, audibly, and by showing actual examples. Excell wants to be your one-stop resource for learning how to be the best professional driver you can be.
© 2018 | ExcellPDT.com | All Rights Reserved
Most truckers just lay the chain down behind the wheel with the outside surface downward. They then back or drive forward over it, then finally grab the free ends on both sides and wrap it around the wheel. Some chains offer a special clip that allows you to roll the chain around the tire as you move the vehicle. You clip the chain to the diameter of the tire at the front or rear with the chain laying in the right direction. Then, you roll the truck forward if clipped at the rear, or backward if clipped at the front till the chain wraps around. Most truck chain sets have adjustable fasteners that let you directly adjust their tension when you clip the ends together, thus eliminating the need for separate spring or rubber-type spreaders. Some makers even provide a screw-type tensioner that makes it really easy to get the chains snug. Tensioning cautions are the same with chains as they are when you are fastening down cargo. A slight tension will do the job and is the best method! Whatever way you do it, don’t take short cuts, say the experts.
TIRES vs CHAINS
Snow Tires vs Snow Chains
SA recent study conducted by the National Safety Council showed that snow tires increase traction by 28% over regular tires, and reinforced tire chains increased traction by a whopping 630%..
It should be noted that in many instances, you don’t have a choice: installing chains is the only way for you to drive legally, especially through many mountain passes in the United States and Canada.
Tire chains are sold specifically by tire size. If you are fitting a tire with a specific wheel diameter, be sure that your chain size corresponds exactly. This makes them easier to install, reducing the chance they will shift around on the tire, or slap nearby tractor fenders or trailer parts. Buying bigger chains with the idea that you’ll use a spring or rubber tensioning device to keep them tight is not a safe or professional decision, so make sure you know your exact tire size before purchasing chains.
SNOW + ICE = CHAINS
Snow + Ice = Chains
During the winter season, professional drivers should always carry chains. While conducting your pre-season inspection, make sure that the chains you carry are specifically fitted to the wheels of your truck. Getting the proper fit as the maker intended will ensure you get their full benefit.
Many times, chain installation is required by law as appropriate for the road conditions. Other times, it’s just plain common sense to install chains. In many narrow mountain passes, for example, you can’t drive legally, or safely, without them. In other cold and snowy places, they may just boost your grip on the road, making for a speedier yet safer trip. As a professional driver, it is your responsibility to make smart decisions with safety as the primary driving factor.
Vehicles are permitted in chain control areas when equipped with chains or Automatic Traction Device (ATD) as indicated.
Legal tread depth for mud and snow tires is 6/32” minimum.
Trucks with cable type chains are legal in California. However, these trucks may be restricted at times due to local conditions.
The Department of Transportation reserves the right to prohibit any vehicle from entering a chain control area when it’s determined the vehicle will experience difficulty in safely traveling the area.
Format: DVD-Video, NTSC
Number of Discs: 1
Run Time: 30 Minutes
Please allow up to 48 hours processing time and up to 14 days for delivery.
Payment happens through PayPal and while not always apparent, regular credit cards are accepted without the need to sign up for an account.
Employed by D.O.T/FMCSA
People are just not comfortable and do not have the necessary knowledge regarding the importance of buying proper chains, and they are totally intimidated when it comes to installing them. I, Catherine Smith, as a concerned citizen with a passion for safety and, secondly as a government employee with over 20 years with the USDOT/FMCSA, have had the opportunity to watch Mr. Martin's video regarding the above subject. I highly recommend Mr. Martin's knowledge, expertise, and instructions regarding safety and his DVD to be used as an educational, innovative tool as an answer to reducing accidents and, saving lives (although I do not have the authority or the position required in the government to endorse anything).
Air Liquide driver
I consider myself an expert in the field when it comes to driving on ice and snow. However, I believe Joe Martin has it down to a science with his DVD on chaining techniques and safety. What this video does is prepare truckers in advance with the expertise as well as experience of a man that has drawn upon years of close calls. I personally wish I could have had all those years of experience ahead of time to guide my judgment. I believe that this information is vital to a safer America. This video should be a must for all drivers of heavy equipment on our highways.
Contractor/ Independent Driver
I have been driving trucks for 25 years. I was blown away by what Joe was able to teach me in the first 30 minutes after we met. My years of bare-footing through the mountains thinking I was a good driver for making it over turned to chagrin when I realized how unsafe I had been, especially considering how easy chain installation is with a little preparation, practice, and training. I still consider myself a good driver, only now I am prepared and confident that Joe’s training made me an even safer driver, something that will benefit any company I work for in the future.