Steering

Last Edited: July 23, 2017 // by TruckerScape, Inc.

As you would expect, steering such a large vehicle takes extra care.  Power steering eliminates “muscling” the steering wheel as was necessary with early model trucks.  In good weather on a level highway surface with little side wind my truck will, when properly aligned, track virtually a straight line without any steering correction.  The truck holds the line surprisingly well even over rises and hollows and minor holes in the road surface.

Other surface conditions can drive the truck off course.  Road surfaces commonly slope to the sides to shed standing water and the truck tends to drift down any slope.  The truck is skittish on seams and surface repair patches running lengthwise on the road.  These are common in construction zones and I have to exert extra effort in guiding the truck through such areas.  Surface drop offs such as lane-shoulder or newly paved lane-old lane can cause the truck to stagger.  A shoulder with a surface differing from that of the road, such as dirt or snow can pull the truck off the road.

Especially in hot weather, trucks can wear troughs in asphalt road surfaces.  My truck tends to follow troughs in an unsteady side to side manner that again requires extra effort to control.

Even under the heaviest loads, lots of corrective steering is required in side winds because of the force exerted against the walls of my big box trailers–gusts bat the truck around.  Narrow, winding two-lane back highways require lots of steering work.  Driving on congested city streets requires intense attention.  My truck’s weight may enable it to track more steadily than personal vehicles through rain water but not necessarily over snow or ice.  Careful steering and speed control are always the rules, though.

Steering my truck is a major task, more demanding than is typical in a personal vehicle.  It is critical to be ready to respond immediately to any hazardous situation arising from traffic or other factors.

Takeaways

Steering is a major task of truck drivers.

Side winds can force truck drivers to constantly correct the course of even the most heavily loaded big box trucks.

Also, trucks require careful steering on wet, snowy, icy or rough road surfaces and in city congestion.

Stay away from a truck that appears to be tracking unsteadily.

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