10 Facts About Trucks
10 Facts About Trucks – CDL University LLC
Trucks are ubiquitous. They surround us on the road with their hulking frames and sheer size. Trucks are the most useful vehicle for transporting freight to and from and back again – but what are they, and what are some things we may not already know about trucks? Here are 10 facts about trucks you may not be aware of.
Fact 1: What is a truck?
A truck is technically any self-propelled vehicle designed to carry a load or loads.
Fact 2: What is the word for truck in Spanish?
Fact 3: What are laws involving trucks typically based on?
Laws and regulations regarding trucks typically involve these key components: amount of axles, how much the axles weigh, how much the vehicle weighs (gross weight), and the total length of the truck and trailer(s).
Fact 4: Do objects in motion, stay in motion?
Yes, unless acted upon by an opposing force. In the case of trucks, this force is usually provided by the air brakes. Isaac Newton actually attempted to design what would have been the first truck, but it never came to fruition.
Fact 5: Who invented the diesel engine? What about the fuel?
There have been many adaptations of the original diesel engine, which was invented by Dr. Rudolph Diesel. He is also responsible for the fuel. Interestingly, he may never have theorized a working model.
Fact 6: How much can diesel fuel cost a trucker each year?
A truck can use upwards of $70,000.00 (yes, seventy thousand dollars) worth of fuel over the course of a year over the road.
Fact 7: When were antilock brakes put on trucks for the first time?
The year was 1986, which was also the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese Zodiac. The Year of the Fire Tiger to be more detailed. Halley’s comet also made an appearance for the first time since 1910.
Fact 8: What’s with dump trucks’ name?
Dump truck is better than “tipper,” which is another common nickname for a dump truck. (More of an opinion, but the fact remains that some folks call dump trucks tippers, which is weird (another opinion)).
Fact 9: Who makes garbage trucks?
Lots of manufacturers make garbage trucks. However, you may be surprised to learn that Mercedes Benz makes garbage trucks.
Fact 10: How much weight are trucks known to be able to haul?
Some trucks are able to haul well over 300,000 lbs (three hundred thousand pounds) or over 150 tons. However, this is well over the legal weight limit of all public roads and can only be achieved on private roads.