Semi trucks need a huge amount of torque to move their 80,000 lb+ loads. Being able to move these loads across the country, up mountains and off-road in fields requires a lot of force. Many times, the torque needed is more than what the trucks engine can put out on its own. This is why most trucks come equipped with turbochargers.
Moisture is the enemy to any piece of mechanical equipment and can cause a mess of problems. Water can make hoses and gaskets brittle, impact oil and lubricants, and the list goes on. Making sure your air lines are clear of moisture and buildup is critical for your safety.
It is not uncommon to see a truck that has rolled over on its side. This is an occurrence that happens more than it should and it is a terrifying event for everyone involved. Heavy duty loaded trucks are most likely to roll over because they have a higher center of gravity than other vehicles. This means that the point on the truck and trailer where everything is perfectly balanced is up high.
One of the responsibilities of a truck driver is to make sure that their load is secure and tied down. This means using chains, straps, tarps and other means to make sure that the load is safely fastened to the trailer and has no risk of shifting or falling off while in transit.
If you are a property or passenger carrying carrier then chances are you are going to have a couple DOT inspections during your career. In 2021 there were over 1,800,000 inspections performed by the DOT and enforcement officials in the US. The DOT performs these inspections to make sure that drivers are acting responsibly and protecting themselves and others while out on the public roadways.