Overhang And "did I Do That?".

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John M.'s Comment
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I have been driving a company 26' box for a couple months now and when in cities/towns I always take off at an angle because I don't know if I will rip parts off the vehicle in the lane opposite of my turn. Should I be worried?

G-Town's Comment
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No real idea of what you are asking. Worried about what?

Other than the width and possibly the height, no comparison between them dynamics and handling characteristics of a <26k lbs straight truck vs. a loaded tractor trailer.

Matt H.'s Comment
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I think you're talking about the amount of overhang behind your rear axle? I don't have any great advice. We've all seen videos of truck's dragging cars on their ICC bumper.

Matt H.'s Comment
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Actually. Come to think of it. If you've got room in a big parking lot, park right against a painted line, turn hard in the opposite direction, hold the turn for a bit then stop, get out and see where your rear bumper is. Try it a few times. Should give you an idea how close something can be beside you without it being a problem. 👍

Chris L.'s Comment
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I drove straight trucks and box trucks for 9 years before getting my CDL. You do have to be aware of your overhang but you would have to be pretty close to someone before it would hit.

Being a straight truck you always have visibility of both sides of your truck so just go slow and watch your mirrors in a tight turn.


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A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
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John M.'s Comment
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Grrr, I have to read the "how to use this forum" link. Yes, I am talking about the overhang behind the rear axle. The parking strip idea is ingenious!! Gonna do it. Thanks for the comments y'all!

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