TRUCKS NEED MORE TIME TO STOP
Dimensions of an average car or truck
Width: 5′ – 6′ wide Height: 4′ 6″ – 5′ high (for passenger vehicle) or 6′ 6″ high (for SUVs and some pickup trucks) Length: Between 12′ – 18′ long Weight: 3,000 – 4,000 lbs.
Dimensions of an average semi truck
Width: 8′ 6″ wide Height: 14′ high (measured from level ground to top of load or vehicle) Length: Lengths vary from 45′ for a single motor vehicle to 65′ for a truck-trailer combination Weight: 80,000 lbs. gross weightA typical tractor-trailer or other large truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds by law. Most passenger vehicles are about 3,000 – 4,000 pounds. A passenger vehicle weighing 4,000 pounds, traveling under ideal conditions at a speed of 65 miles per hour would take 316 feet to stop (nearly the length of a football field). In comparison, a fully loaded tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds traveling under ideal conditions at a speed of 65 miles per hour will take 525 feet to stop (almost the length of two football fields).