Beyond any doubt, trailer trucks have always served as a significant force behind the American economy. Their dedicated drivers travel for long distances to move important cargo shipments, such as agricultural products and building materials, to supply various industries across the country. Taking trips for extended periods of time means drivers should take extra care in maintaining their rigs.
An article from Trucking Info published last February 19, 2014 reports on a trailer truck that disrupted traffic because of an issue with road clearance and potentially, with the vehicle’s trailer parts:
“The eastbound lanes were also closed for a short time to allow the truck to cross through the median for the short 3-mile jog to the next crossover, where it returned to the eastbound lanes near the I-24 Cumberland River Bridge.
“As it continued on eastward along I-24, the superload and escort caravan backed up traffic,” the advisory said. “The huge truck had to slow to a crawl when it crossed bridges or went under an overpass.
“The truck [trailer] hauling the huge load had 18 axles and a rear steering unit to help it make the required turns. The superload exited off I-24 at Cadiz to take US 68 East around Hopkinsville and on toward Bowling Green.”
Although the concern lies mainly on height allowance, the situation serves as a potential condition for drivers who handle trailers on a regular basis. Trailers, like any other pieces of equipment, endure strain and pressure which may sometimes lead to breakdowns. To mitigate risks of component trouble, drivers should rely on a trusted trailer parts store like Champion Trailers for top quality fittings and accessories.
Competent and responsible drivers understand that maintaining the trailer wheel hubs in good working condition is a top priority. They recognize that their assemblies attach their trailer tires to the axles and aid in turning the wheels smoothly. When the rigs are not well-maintained, it can lead to critical damage to the vehicle and the trailer, or worse, can cause injuries to individuals in the surrounding area.
(Source: Oversize Load Chases Traffic from I-24 in Kentucky, Trucking Info, 19 February 2014)