Jul 22 2009

Do you really want heavier Trucks?

Category: Thoughts from a trucker, truck driver Industryadmin @ 4:33 am

I just wonder who went out and found those 1000 people and surveyed them? Because, they must have asked 1ዀ people who will benefit from getting their pockets lined a little more. They say, this will cut back on the trucks that are on the road. What they don’t tell you is, that the trucking company’s wanting this, will buy more trucks and add them anyway because they will be making more money.

They say, heavier trucks equals less fuel burned. This one I cannot for the life of me figure it out. The laws of physics tell us the heavier something is, the more force it takes to move it, which means more power, which intern means more fuel burned. If they have studied this, which it sounds like they have not. I would be interested to know where they studied it? Trucks, cars, planes, trains, all burn MORE fuel while taking off, and or pulling a up/hill. Once up to speed, they more than likely burn the same amount, AS LONG as said vehicle doesn’t hit another incline.

How does removing one truck from the highway help with reducing the wear and tear on the roads, BY ADDING more weight? Just go to Michigan, and drive around and you will see what happens when heavier trucks are allowed to operate. How does this justify an increase in weight, by SPENDING MORE in road repairs? Or, by having more accidents, causing more DEATH and DESTRUCTION?

It’s not the new truck drivers, I am so much worried about. It is the same old 4 wheeler drivers, who play the same old tricks, doing it to a truck that weighs more, and causing a accident. Then everybody blames the trucks for the accidents. The tanker last week that blew up in Detroit,MI. was hauling 13,000 gallons of gasoline. That’s about 5000 more gallons, than what we are allowed to haul now at 80,000 lbs. Eighty thousand pounds of Gasoline would have brought down the same overpass.

Trucks hauling, steel coils and pulling tankers turn over very easy on exit ramps now, hauling 80,000 lbs. What is going to happen when you add MORE weight? Adding more weight, means getting bigger vehicles to be able to handle loads, at 97,000 lbs. Adding one axle to a trailer does nothing, if that trailer was built for a 80,000 lb load.

This means, a typical empty tractor trailer licensed for Ȱ,000 lbs has a light weight (empty weight) of anywhere from 2-6,000 lbs to 35,000 lbs. subtract that from the 80,000 lbs and that gives you the net weight (or the product weight of what you are actually hauling).  Now, to haul 97,000 lbs on a truck that was built with intentions of hauling 80,000 lbs, is NOT a good idea, as parts on this truck are NOT built heavy enough to withstand the extra weights.

Now a bigger truck is needed, which weighs more. So in reality you are NOT hauling more, because the upgrade in equipment will almost even it out to same as what you were hauling before. Plus, you get to spend more for fuel, and break downs, and maintenance. But, these so called smart people are NOT going to tell you this, because either they don’t know this themselves, or it would be harder to sale the idea while telling the entire truth.

What about stopping or slowing down or mountain descending? Have these idiots even thought about this? You guys/gals have all seen the drivers running off some mountains hauling 80,000 lbs and smoke rolling from his truck and trailer. Why is it you reckon, these drivers pulling these oversize loads don’t smoke the brakes going down the same mountain? Well, it is NOT the fact he has extra brakes. It IS the FACT he has the know how to be able to control his HEAVIER truck and load. It might have something to do with a little thing called experience.

So, my question still stands.

Who is going to train these drivers to haul these heavy weights up and down these mountains, and to and from the shippers and receivers, SAFELY?

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Tags: 4 wheeler, Detroit, exit ramps, fuel, laws of physics, Michigan, NOT, steel coils, trailer, truck, trucking company, weight

2 Responses to “Do you really want heavier Trucks?”

  1. Flipside says:

    Sounds like a bad idea, but is it really? The only people that are going to benefit from this at first is the little guy. Let me explain. I work for the second largest trucking company in the US. Do you think that we are going to change our fleet by adding an axle to the trailers? No, and neither is most of the companies that have over 250 trucks. Cost is not equal to profit. So all this is going to do is create an oppurtunity for the little guy to benefit by not having to go out and get a permit. That is basically what this bill is about. Not having to get an oversize permit. I do not think this will go thru because of that. That will be money out of the states pocket. In addition they know the roads will not hold up, so that is more money that they will have to spend. Just a different view I guess.

    • Truckdrivernews says:

      Thanks Flipside for the comment. I see the second largest company in the nation, jumping right on top of this if it is approved and passed. Why? Because the shipper and receivers are going to make it to where they will have to do it in order to survive.

      There are over a hundred company’s now..well that was a month or so back, might be more now that were pushing to get this approved.

      Shippers and receivers can control what even BIG trucking company’s will do. I just hope and pray that if this is passed, they will require extra AMOUNTS of training, and not LET a first year driver even attempt doing this.


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