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  • Writer's pictureE.R.Cornwell

Truck Turning Radii [or is it Radiuses?] and You!

Truck turning radius is an important consideration for truck drivers, tenants, and landlords particularly when contemplating tight spaces or making turns in urban environments. The turning radius of a truck depends on several factors, including the type of cab and the number of trailers attached to the truck.


The turning radius of a truck is defined as the minimum amount of space required for the truck to make a turn of 180 degrees without hitting any obstacles. A larger turning radius means that the truck requires more space to make a turn, which can be a challenge when driving in urban areas or on narrow roads.


The type of cab on a truck can have a significant impact on the truck's turning radius. A cab-over-engine (COE) truck has a shorter wheelbase than a conventional truck, which means that it can make tighter turns. COE trucks are often used in urban environments where maneuverability is important. On the other hand, conventional trucks have a longer wheelbase, which means that they require more space to make turns.


Another factor that affects the turning radius of a truck is the number of trailers attached to the truck. A truck with a single trailer will have a smaller turning radius than a truck with two or more trailers. This is because the length of the trailers adds to the overall length of the truck, making it more difficult to maneuver.


In addition to the number of trailers, the length of the trailers also plays a role in the turning radius of a truck. Longer trailers require more space to make turns, which can be challenging for drivers in urban environments or on narrow roads.


There are several techniques that truck drivers can use to improve their ability to navigate tight turns. One of these is to use the space behind the truck to create a larger turning radius. By backing up and then pulling forward, the driver can create a larger turning radius and make the turn more easily.


Another technique is to use the trailer wheels to pivot around a corner. This can be done by turning the steering wheel in the opposite direction of the turn and then backing up while keeping the trailer wheels in the same position. This allows the truck to pivot around the corner and make the turn more easily.


The turning radius of a truck is an important consideration particularly when navigating tight spaces or making turns in urban environments. The type of cab and the number of trailers attached to the truck can have a significant impact on the truck's turning radius. By using the appropriate techniques, truck drivers can improve their ability to navigate tight turns and make the most of the available space.


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