Truck Driver Unloads Like a Boss
In the United States, there are extremely strict rules for the loading and offloading of trucks. Each vehicle has a Gross Vehicle Weight which it cannot – by law – exceed. A lot of manufacturers and distributors overseas, though, don’t have those stipulations (or they’re not enforced rigorously). There’s a simple reason why the US doesn’t allow oversized and overloaded cargo trucks – it’s a real danger to load and off-load. And for one Taiwanese driver with an oversized load of bamboo in his flat bed, offloading is about to get a whole lot easier.
Definitely not recommended for the average driver, this technique relies mostly upon using the brakes to push the load off the trailer. Extremely dangerous! Once the brakes are slapped, the cargo is traveling by force of inertia. This creates a real burden for those tasked with picking up the pieces but for this purpose, it’s just mildly entertaining.
Other Wrong Way Cargo Tricks
All of these are not at all recommended for serious truck drivers. Especially in the United States and quite a few other countries – getting caught doing these maneuvers is a great way to get slapped with fines and even lose one’s commercial driving license. We’re covering them anyways because why not know what to avoid? (more…)
The Double Truck Lift Car Load â âMind the Gapâ Sometimes when cars get transported, in shipping containers especially, truck drivers are incentivized to find the f
The Double Truck Lift Car Load – “Mind the Gap”
Sometimes when cars get transported, in shipping containers especially, truck drivers are incentivized to find the fasted way to move a car from one cargo hold to another. For these two tractor trailer drivers – they’re moving a luxury station wagon. What looks to be either a Volvo or Audi station wagon is stuck, however, in a precarious position between both cargo lifts. What do the truck drivers do to fix this?
Simply back on trailer to the other. Miraculously, they manage to meet perfectly in the middle and the car passes along fine. Worth noting is how they can fit four luxury sedans into a single standard shipping container.
Forklift Sedan Load
Exporters have it tough. Not only are they under strict requirements to get extremely heavy vehicles across great distances, they also generally have to do it with less than ideal equipment. An unnamed South African car exporter manages to load a Mercedes Benz into the back of a standard box truck with – you guessed it – a forklift.
This isn’t one of those specialized CAT forklifts designed to pick up 6,000 lb cars. No, no, no… This is a forklift which looks like its rated for 2,000 lbs max. To help stabilize the back wheels, the exporters pile wooden pallets beneath the rear axle. What’s truly amazing – other than the fact they managed to load a Mercedes Benz without damaging it – is that from start to finish this technique only required twelve and a half minutes. That’s amazing! And surely, points added for not failing spectacularly. Here’s a shorter version where an exporter demonstrates the proper technique using a forklift. Hint: it involves using a properly rated forklift with a stress kit to keep the vehicle stabilized.
• Backhoe Offloading Itself from Cargo – “I’ll just show myself out, thank you.”
Flat bed trucks are given some of the hardest assignments. Tasked with transporting essential, expensive equipment and rarely given the proper tools to do so – box truck drivers have inevitably been forced to become quite resourceful in how they choose to off-load gear like a back hoe. This Danish driver manages to use the back hoe’s main arm and plow to leverage its weight off the back of the flat bed and safely onto the ground. What a coincidence, though – the reverse of this exact technique is also a great way (albeit unconventional) to load a backhoe back onto a flat bed.
• Triple Truck Chain Pull
In some work zones, there’s no tow truck available for when a flat bed sinks deep into the mud. Flat bed drivers – at least the lucky and resourceful ones – have found a way to pull out their sunken compatriot by making the most use of their limited horsepower. By forming a chain of two or more trucks, they can collectively pull even a really sunk-in Tatra from the depths of the muddy abyss. Why is this a bad technique? Well, in most places where roadway safety is considered, truck chains are generally thought to be a bad idea. Muddy conditions, however, necessitate a certain amount of creativity. In this case – it worked.