Coal Hauling on and off Highway

Hauling coal by truck, off-highway and on paved highways. These are highways trucks as you can see from the photo. The trucks are of different makes, model and kinds; this depends on the owners? preference, like Kenworth, International, Freightliner, Mack, Western Star, etc. There are quite a few other models to choose from. There are also the different axle types to be used, each axle consisting of four wheels; tandem (two axles-eight wheels), tri-axles (three axles-twelve wheels), the truck showing is a tri-axle.

This is not an 18 wheeler. An 18 wheeler would have one less axle on the truck and one less axle on the trailer. The steering axle is also counted as one axle, there-fore you would have two front wheels, two driving axles (counting eight wheels), the trailer having two axles(counting eight wheels), a total of eighteen wheels. Eighteen Wheeler as the song goes. (An old song, I don?t remember the singers? name, but I?m sure someone does. Hank Williams?

The trailers are of many types also, truck and box trailer, (these have a hydraulic ram to lift the box up to dump the load carried, with a tail-gate lock release), end dumps (some having a conveyor system to dump from the end of the trailer also has a tail-gate lock release), belly-dumps (clam type- opens at the bottom of the trailer, these also have hydraulic rams on each half of the gate to dump the load).

The men and women involved to drive these trucks are professional drivers, having experience in driving off-road and on highways. They have to be able to inspect the trucks before taking the trucks on the road, mid-trip inspections, and at the end of the day. These trucks have to be safe to be on the road with everything working, from a horn, electrical system, air system, tires, under-hood inspections, fluid levels and many other things the driver has to be aware of.

Along with these, the driver has to keep an eye on; road conditions, the terrain (up and down hill grades to see what gear they have to use), also other vehicles around him so all people are safe. These people are in a big truck and cannot stop on a dime, they have to look and think ahead at all times. They drive in all roads (muddy, snow covered, icy, rough, etc.) and weather conditions (light to heavy snow, light to heavy rains, sleet, etc.) and want to make it home safely to be able to hug their mate, play with their children and grandchildren. T

We should be courteous toward the drivers that drive the big rigs. We give thanks to all the drivers for keeping up the Economy of Canada.

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