The Real Reason Trucks Have Spikes on Their Wheels

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"If you live in the United States, you’ve probably noticed the spikes on the wheels of trucks driving down the highway. You may be wondering, “Why do trucks have spikes on their wheels?” Do these ominous metal spikes serve a purpose, or are they merely an aesthetic add-on? Read on to see what the deal is with these sharp adornments."

Why Do Trucks Have Spikes on Their Wheels?

According to the Maggio Thompson Trial Lawyers website in Jackson, Miss., the spikes on truck wheels serve several purposes. Functionally, these spikes are lug nut covers. They help to protect the lug nuts from water, debris, ice, and other particles that could damage or rust them.

Do Semi-Trucks Have Blind Spot Mirrors?

Though semi-trucks are larger and more cumbersome than the standard vehicle, they lack rear-view mirrors. This is due to their size and the fact they carry a large, covered cabin/container on the back of their rig.

What Can You Do to Avoid Driving in a Semi Truck’s Blind Spot?

There are a few tips you can carry with you on the road to avoid driving in a semi truck’s blind spots. These tips include avoiding tailgating by allowing for a 20-foot gap between the truck and your car and always checking that you can see the driver’s face in their side mirror.

Are Spikes on Truck Wheels Dangerous?

Contrary to their intimidating appearance, spikes on truck tires are not usually inherently dangerous. Since these spikes are only inches from the semi-truck wheels, vehicles that come in contact with them would probably have connected with the truck anyway in a crash.

Are Spikes on Truck Wheels Legal?

Spikes on truck wheels are extremely popular and are usually entirely legal. However, spikes on wheels need to abide by legal vehicle width limits. They also should ideally be made out of safe plastic or alloy materials that will break upon impact with anything.

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