Weight limits vary by states, with an average of less than 80,000 pounds per truck for most jurisdictions. Across the country, there are roads, bridges and overpasses which can bear less weight, so this check enables the Department of Transportation to ensure safety for all drivers, while reducing the wear and tear on our interstate highways.
Another important check is structural, regarding the type of truck and chassis. When truck drivers pull into weigh stations, not only are they confirming they are below the maximum weights allowed (including the overall weight of their tractor and chassis) but ensuring that their truck can actually safely pull that weight. This reduces accidents, injuries and helps reduce cargo damage.