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9 Things You Didn’t Know About Semi Trucks

Do you feel like everywhere you turn, there’s another story about a tragic accident involving a commercial truck? So do we. It’s very important to be aware of the danger of semi-trucks. But understanding them can be crucial to staying safe around them. Today, let’s look at a handful of facts that you probably didn’t know about semi-trucks. Some are almost hard to believe at first!

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9 Facts about Semi-Trucks

  1. How much do semi-trucks weigh?

    In the United States, the limit for a semi with a full trailer is 80,000 pounds. That weight is typically spread between 18 wheels. In Australia, semis called “Road Trains” can pull up to four trailers and weigh more than 300,000 pounds! That’s because the roadways they travel on are much less busy and crowded than ours here in the States. Imagine trying to stop a truck like that from coming at you.

  2. How much do truck drivers travel in a year?

    Semi-trucks drive around 140 billion total miles per year in the United States. Commercial trucks transport more than two-thirds of all cargo in the country. Nearly 70% of all freight in the US is transported by the semi-trucks we share the roads with!Semi-trucks travel a total of 140 billion miles per year in the US

  3. What is the most popular semi-truck manufacturer?

    Freightliner is the number one seller of semi-trucks, selling over a third of the 190,000 trucks sold annually. Although Freightliner holds the biggest market share, they’re followed close behind names you probably recognize like Peterbilt and Mack.

  4. Why are they called semi-trucks?

    Semi-trucks get their name from the giant trailers they tow behind them. As the trailers have no front wheels and can only be moved when attached to the truck, they’re called “semi-trailers.” The name semi-truck was adapted over time and is now what most Americans refer to them as.

  5. Where do most semi-trucks come from?

    The majority of trucks are registered in California and Texas, with Florida following in third place. While there are around 1.9 million trucks, there are more than 3 million truck drivers in our country. The overwhelming majority of trucking companies only own a handful of trucks.

  6. How fuel efficient are semi-trucks?

    Short answer? Not very fuel efficient at all. Today, estimates put the average fuel efficiency of semi trucks at around 7 to 8 miles per gallon. The terrain a truck is driving on and the load they’re hauling can impact fuel efficiency as well. Truck manufacturers have been working on increasing MPG by redesigning their trucks to maximize the aerodynamics. Some simple adjustments, like tapering the back of the truck, have helped improve gas mileage for many manufacturers!

  7. How much power does it take to get a semi moving?

    The average truck engine weighs almost 3,000 pounds, which is more than most small cars! That makes sense when you consider it’s packing over 500 horsepower and close to 2,000 pounds/foot of torque. We knew they were powerful, but would you have guessed that a single engine can weigh more than many cars?

  8. Wasn’t there an old song about trucks?

    In December of 1975, the song “Convoy,” about long haul trucking, was the most popular song in the United States. Rolling Stone magazine even named it one of the 100 Greatest Country Songs of All Time. The song’s got a pretty interesting story behind it–check it out here.

  9. How much does a single semi-truck travel in a year?

    This number varies based on the type of driver in charge of the truck. In a year, the average semi will travel 45,000 miles. For long haul drivers, the average is closer to 100,000 miles driven in a year. As the average yearly mileage keeps rising, it’s no wonder that truck cabs are becoming more like mobile homes.

We hope you learned a little bit more about trucks, just like we did while researching some of these questions! Remember to stay alert around trucks on the road, and always prioritize your safety. Want to learn more about semi-truck accidents? Download our free eBook 9 Costly Mistakes to Avoid after a Truck Accident today!

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