Eighteen wheelers are large trucks used for the transportation of goods across the country. Depending on the type of cab hauling the trailer, the total length of an eighteen wheeler is usually between 70 and 80 feet. This makes maneuvering sharp turns especially difficult for a driver.
The average height of an eighteen wheeler is 13 feet, 6 inches, and this large height makes them especially prone to tipping over while taking sharp turns too quickly. The weight of an eighteen wheeler varies widely depending on the weight of the load it’s carrying, but the trucks have the potential to weigh up to 80,000 pounds (compared to an average passenger vehicle, which weighs only 4,000 pounds).
Popular manufacturers of eighteen wheelers include, among others, Peterbilt, Freightliner, Western Star, Mack, Volvo, and Kenworth. Eighteen wheelers cost, depending on the model, around $150,000 to buy new. The cab itself comprises around $80,000 to $120,000 of this cost, and new trailers usually costs about $30,000 to $60,000. Therefore, many trucking companies choose to purchase their vehicles used.
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