18-Wheeler Fun Facts

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18-Wheeler Fun Facts

  1. 1. 18-Wheeler Facts
  2. 2. The Name • 18-Wheelers are known by many different names. Such as: -Rig -Tractor Trailer -Semitrailer - Trailer Truck -Big Rig - Semi
  3. 3. The Dimensions • Semi-trucks are between 45-53 feet long • Inside of the trailer, the width ranges from 93- 99 feet • The capacity of the trailer is anywhere from 3083-4050 cubic feet • Semi-trucks are 13 feet, 6 inches tall • Loaded, semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds www.yrc.com
  4. 4. The History • 1898: Alexander Winton invented the semi-truck to deliver cars to customers • 1899: Winton starts to sell semi-trucks • 1916: Mack introduces their first rear-axle truck • 1920: Begins the first “trucking boom” • 1939: Peterbilt starts selling semi-trucks • 1953: Freightliner introduces the first over-head sleeper • 1986: The Peterbilt 379 is introduced, its best selling truck
  5. 5. The Engine • Semi engines are 6 times larger than a car engine • Semi engines have up to 600 horsepower • They are designed to go 1 Million Miles • Semi engines can hold more than 15 gallons of oil • Semi engines often have more than 12 gears (10 forward, and 2 reverse)
  6. 6. Stopping a Semi • At 80,000 pounds, a semi requires a longer distance to come to a complete stop than a car. • At 40MPH, it takes 169 feet for a semi to come to a complete stop • At 55MPH, it takes 335 feet • At 65MPH, it takes 525 feet utahmc.com
  7. 7. Visibility • A car must be at least 10 car lengths ahead, or 20-25 car lengths behind a truck to be visible to the truck driver • When alongside a truck, if you can’t see the driver’s face in the mirror, the driver can’t see the car
  8. 8. Thanks for Following! Want to become a truck driver?
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