Jan. 23–Have you ever wondered how safe you are driving next to a car, truck, or RV towing a trailer?
Some estimates claim 30 percent of tractor trailers on Florida roads are overweight. State law says they are not supposed to weigh more than 80,000 pounds when loaded. Dump trucks should not weigh more than 64,000 to 70,000 pounds, depending on the size of their wheels.
Studies show overweight trucks need more time and distance to stop, are more prone to flip over, and are more likely to be involved in crashes and collisions.
Florida’s legislators have tried to increase penalties for truckers violating weight limits but run into stiff lobbying from the industry.
In this week’s Dashcam Derby video, we find out what to watch out for.
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