Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
What’s Gross Vehicle Weight Rating?
Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is the utmost amount of weight a vehicle can carry. It helps in calculating the maximum payload weight. Eight vehicle classes specify their gross vehicle weight rating ranging from light trucks to heavy-duty trucks. GVWR is helpful in several ways as it helps reduce vehicle damage and increases safety. Various components form the gross vehicle weight rating. These are the weight of truck accessories, the curb weight, passengers, and commodities, defined as the total weight of an empty truck and all the weight loaded onto it. The curb weight refers to a full fuel tank and all the standard equipment making up the truck without the passengers or cargo.
How's Gross Vehicle Weight Rating Calculated?
Gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) does not bend to changes. It’s the standard safe maximum, while loading and unloading the truck affects the gross vehicle (GVW) weight. The calculations for the GVWR result from the summation of the axle weight, the curb vehicle weight, and the weight of all accessories, passengers, and cargo. On the other hand, the GVW comes from the manufacturer. To enforce the GVWR, the Federal Highway Administration (FHA) requires all states to submit an annual report about how they move about weight limits enforcement. It’s always advisable to adhere to the GVWR. Exceeding it leads to fines at the weigh station or even pulling over by the authorities.