To the general public, truck scales are viewed as high precision instruments meant for load measurement, and weighing stations are just checkpoints for truckers along the highway. However, truck scales serve more purpose than just gathering weights for a transaction––they protect fleets, keep payloads safe on the highway, and they check truck weight to make sure drivers are within legal limits.
Today, truck weight limit enforcement is becoming vital on our roads and highways––for the safety of truckers and other drivers.
Weight Enforcement and Trucker Safety
Truck safety and compliance make a big difference in a fleet’s handling and shipping operations. Issues such as overloading and offset loading put excess stress on truck suspension systems, but they can also lead to truck accidents that have catastrophic effects. A fully loaded truck can weigh anywhere from 80,000 to 100,000 pounds––obviously a lot more than your average minivan, car, or truck. This extra weight can put strain on trailers and make it much harder to control when climbing steep inclines, braking, or coasting when driving downhill.
Trucks take, on average, 20-40% farther to stop than cars or trucks. When a truck this massive wrecks, injuries can be more severe, and deaths are far more likely to occur as opposed to an accident with two cars. To emphasize this point, 82% of deaths involved in semi-truck accidents were that of a smaller car. These statistics should be taken seriously when we think about the importance of weighing stations and their role in keeping truckers and other drivers safe.
Overweight Trucks Pose Multiple Hazards
In addition to posing hazards for truckers and drivers on the roadways, overweight and improperly distributed trucks can also damage roads, bridges, and overpasses that they travel on, and can further weaken already weak spots on roadways. It’s estimated that increasing a truck’s weight from 80,000 lbs. to 90,000 lbs. increases roadwear by 42%.
When truck weight regulations are exceeded, costs and taxes are also increased, which can result in higher costs when truck damages arise. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that an average truck accident costs a business almost $150k.
Truck Weigh Scales
Truck scales are a major long-term investment, but they offer a distinct advantage when considering truck safety and highway compliance. If properly maintained, your system can last for decades––especially if you regularly clean, calibrate, and inspect it.
Our truck scales easily handle the forces generated by routine road traffic as well as equally distribute load weight more effectively than l-beam deck structures. Our special scale models such as the VTS101, VTS231, VTC101, and VTC221 prevent costly downtime by protecting your entire scale system.
The scales mentioned above have several features that can protect your truck and the payload inside––making the road a safer place for you and other drivers.
For more expert tips on truck scales and calibration services, contact Acme Scales today.