Driving on U.S. highways and interstates can be dangerous, especially when driving at high speeds or at night. Passenger cars commonly encounter large commercial truck and fuel tankers traveling at speeds up to 65 mph. Riding next to a large semi tractor-trailer or fuel tanker can be a frightening experience.
Fuel tankers are considered some of the most dangerous motor vehicles on the road. Because they are loaded with thousands of gallons of flammable liquids or hazardous chemicals, they are especially dangerous to other vehicles on the road. According to the National Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 100,000 fuel tankers on U.S. highways and interstates on any given day. On average, each fuel tanker is loaded with 5,000 to 12,000 gallons of some type of fuel or flammable liquid. Typically, a semi tractor-trailer can hold up to 9,000 gallons of fuel and can weigh up to 80,000 … Read more