Interesting Trucking Facts

Interesting Trucking Facts

Legal Weight for An Eighteen-Wheeler

The legal weight for an eighteen-wheeler is 80,000 lbs. That is without any oversize or overweight permits.

Length of Eighteen-Wheelers

The average length of an eighteen-wheeler varies significantly on the type of cab they are driving. However, on average the overall average is 70 to 80 ft long. The length of an eighteen-wheeler’s cab usually averages between 245” to 265” wheelbase. To measure your wheelbase measure from the center of the rear wheel to the center of the steer.

Length of Time Needed to Stop an Eighteen-Wheeler Trucking Facts

The length of time to stop an eighteen-wheeler is 40% greater than that of an automobile. Factors the affect stopping time include the weight of the load, whether the truck is bobtailing, road conditions, and many other factors.

What Does an Eighteen-Wheeler Cost?

The Cab of an eighteen-wheeler usually ranges from $130,000 to $180,000 new. New trailers usually range from $30,000 to $80,000.

What Is the Fifth Wheel?

The fifth wheel is a round plate above the drive tires that connects the truck and trailer.

How Many Gears Does an Eighteen-Wheeler Have?

The most common amount of gears in an eighteen-wheeler today is ten forward and two reverse gears. They can range from 9, 10, 13, 15, and 18 gears.

What Is the Standard Height of An Eighteen-Wheeler?

The standard height of an eighteen-wheeler is 13’ 6”.


What Is A Jack-Knife Accident?

A jack-knife accident is when the trailer contacts the tractor by coming around on the driver. This type of accident can be the result of many circumstances and happens when the trailer wheels start to skid and end up moving faster than the cab. A jack-knife usually happens on icy or wet roads, but it can also occur on dry roads when the trailer is empty, and the driver does hard braking.

Eighteen-Wheeler Truck Manufacturers

To name a few, there are Peterbilt, Freightliner, Kenworth, Volvo, Mack, and Western Star.

How Many Axles Does an Eighteen-Wheeler Have?

An eighteen-wheeler has a total of five axles.

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