Tankers transport gasoline, gases, and liquids as well as substances like cement and even bio-hazardous materials. We rely on tankers to transport chemicals as well as everyday substances we need. People who live in colder climates, for example, may rely on tankers to get heating oil for their homes. The construction industry relies on tankers for cement.
Tanker Trucks Pose Unique Dangers on Our Roads
While tankers are important, they can also be deadly on our roads. These types of commercial trucks have a number of special hazards, when compared with flatbed trucks or tractor trailers:
- The liquids in tankers can move around inside the truck, shifting the center of balance.
- Tankers have a high center of gravity, making them subject to rollovers.
- Tankers can be used to transport hazardous materials, including flammable materials, bio-hazardous materials, and even radioactive materials. These products can become deadly in a collision.
- Tankers have large blind spots.
- Tankers may make frequent stops, especially if they are delivering fuel or other products.
- Tanker cargo can leak.