Hello truckers, welcome back to our blog. It’s an honor to write for you all and upgrade your knowledge. However, after writing on topics like Myths about trucking and accessories for trucks, we’re up with some semi truck info, which might be useful and equally helpful to you.
As a matter of fact, around 70% of all goods in States today are delivered via Semi trucks, far outstripping rail freighters, ships and aircraft. Identified as tractor-trailer rigs or semi-trailer trucks, the value of goods transported by these vehicles exceed $255 billion, approximately 1.9 million semis plying on highway. However, not to mention, with the help and support of government-funds highway constructions and maintenance is moving smoothly and that’s how semi became the leader of freight transportation.
Definition- Semi Trucks:
This 18-wheeled articulated truck consists of engine, cab and an attached trailer if there is load to carry and equipped with three axles. The front axle steers the vehicle, while the rear-wheel drive axle propels it. Double wheels or dualies, provides the vehicle with its stability and tractions.
In 1904, there were only 700 large trucks on road. And by 1914, the number took a long leap and shot to 25,000 trucks, whopping to 416,569 by 1924. These big trucks were utilitarian and not designed for comfort.
Boundaries for Semi Trucks:
During 1925, the technology was not so well versed and limitations were many. Trucks those days were featured open cab with no doors and very little protection from the elements of nature. However, hydraulic brakes were not there then; trucks’ stopping power came from primitive mechanical brakes and solid rubber truck tires were limited to Semi to cover short distance, usually in urban areas.
Peterbilt- The Leader
A leading semi today is Peterbilt and was the only answer for transporting lumber from the Northwest forests to lumber mills. In the year 1938, Lumber tycoon T.A. Peterman developed a heavy-duty truck, making the best use of the equipment purchased from bankrupted Oakland-based Fageol Motors. He should be given all the credits for the modern Semi.
Emerging of Trucking Culture:
In 1916, Federal Aid Road act was passed and in 1921, the Federal Highway Act was passed, permitting to construct 3.2 million miles of roads throughout the U.S. The Federal-Aid Highway Act was signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 and the North American Free Trade Agreement passed by Congress in 1994, paved way for the dominance of Semi on U.S. highways,
Right after semi got their fame, sleeper cabs came into existence. In 1940s, with the collaboration of Autocar and other makers, they came up with an extended cab, allowing the trucker to take a nap in a room like atmosphere at the rear of the cab. Over the decades, sleeper cabs have reached 70 inches long to accommodate couple truckers and equipped with comfort of a small studio apartment. Life is made simpler than ever thought!
With the entry of Federal laws in the mid of 1970s, there have been significant reduction in semi truck accidents. However, there are about 4% of accidents involving semi and the major reason is fatigue. With the entry of technology based gadgets like GPS technology, in-cab camera access and satellite communication systems installed in semis keep the truckers in touch with their backend team all the while.
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