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a bad day

what are the things on top of trucks?

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Cudwieser

Aero deflector

 

A lot has to do with efficiency

 

A lot of trucks have them to ease airflow over the trailer and rear of the truck to reduce drag. This helps reduch fuel consumption by upto 30% depending on your source of figures. On long hauls that can be a saving of thousands per truck a year. Fleet operators often have them fitted to their trucks for that reason. Owner/operators do the same for similar, but equally owner/operators may opt for the latter as their journeys may be short haul and urban deliveries. Shorter runs won't see the same sort of return on efficiency that long hauls will, as you won't be clocking in the sort of speeds and durations if your driving involves a lot of starting and stopping so it can be cheaper to spec a more basic layout of truck without the aero.

 

There is also the possibility of aestetics and what looks nice.

 

P.S Also bear in mind the first pic also may use the aero to disguise a larger sleeper compartment while the second seems to be a more standard sleeper.

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P.S Also bear in mind the first pic also may use the aero to disguise a larger sleeper compartment while the second seems to be a more standard sleeper.

Just something to mention here. in Holland you get a 1500 euro/1800 dollar fine if you are caught sleeping in your truck. Funny right?

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Cudwieser
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P.S Also bear in mind the first pic also may use the aero to disguise a larger sleeper compartment while the second seems to be a more standard sleeper.

Just something to mention here. in Holland you get a 1500 euro/1800 dollar fine if you are caught sleeping in your truck. Funny right?

 

 

 

You sure. Why. Sounds DAF to me ;)...I'll get my coat

 

But seriously are you sure? Makes absolutely no sense as EU regs amongst others dictate 4hr driving limits and a mandated 45 minute down time every 4hrs and 8hrs every 16hrs iirc. If you are on the road in Europe at these times you get to a layby or truck stop asap and rest. Certainly a motel is a good thing to have near by but not always an option. That is why all long haul trucks have a bunk.

 

New-Truck-DAF-FAN-CF-440-Sleeper-Cab-Mei

(a bed in a DAF truck)

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Posted (edited)

 

 

 

But seriously are you sure?

Yeah man its a new thing here. That law went in like a month of three ago.

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Cudwieser

 

 

 

 

But seriously are you sure?

Yeah man its a new thing here. That law went in like a month of three ago.

 

Must be more to it. I did a cursory check and found this:

 

http://www.mw-spedition.com/en/ban-sleeping-in-a-truck-cab/

 

Seems you're a few years out as it seems that the law was in for a while, but not actively enforced (not uncommon), but with a reputation to uphold (not necessarily their own) it seems a crack down has occured. I'm still sceptical as often such laws are very specific or are conjured up by opposition, but given the source and general sh*ttiness of the EU I can't say it's surprising.

 

Frankly, taking the issue to be true, it is a ridiculous law that puts needless strain on driver and operator for the sake of protection and being PC. Most drivers know their job well enough to avoid needless bunking and generally seek sanctuary in motels and truck stops as a rule, but have the option of bunking if circumstances go against them on a long haul. The law is an over reach in my opinion and a worthless tax grab by an ignorant and self absorbed EU.

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