A truck or railed lorry is generally a large motor vehicle designed to carry heavy cargo on the road. Trucks range greatly in size, horsepower, and configuration. Smaller types can sometimes be more mechanically comparable to several automobiles. Larger trucks are designed for pulling long trailers, carrying heavy loads over long distances, or being used in construction work.
There are three broad definitions of what a truck is. In its broad definition, truck means any motor vehicle designed for travel. In this sense, trucks can be buses, motor cycles, or other similar vehicles. Other types of trucks include passenger vehicles like buses or vans, utility vehicles such as tractors, and construction vehicles such as earth moving equipment. One type of truck not typically classified as a passenger vehicle is a motor coach, which is designed exclusively for commercial purposes.
Within the broad definition of the truck, there are two broad categories: large trucks and small trucks. Trucks can be one or more truck types. Large trucks, also known as semi-trucks, often carry goods that are too large to be handled on a regular basis by automobiles or trucks, including food products, factory products, ore haulers, and others.
Small trucks, sometimes called car-trucks, are designed to carry cargo in a manner similar to that of automobiles. They are frequently seen in construction sites carrying lumber, grain, ore, or other goods. Many people confuse pickup trucks with pickup trucks, but these are actually different types of vehicles, carrying different cargo volumes.
Small trucks have a much shorter distance when loading or unloading cargo compared to the length of their actual height, but they are able to lift very heavy loads. Most commercial trucks have a similar height as an automobile, but some models are much taller, up to 5 feet. These types of trucks are useful for transporting goods over short distances inland transportation systems. Smaller pickups have been used to transport freight over long distances in railway freight systems, using enclosed box cars to carry goods between railcars.
Pickup trucks fall into one of three broad categories, depending on how they are actually used. For the purposes of this article, we will focus on the second classification, which is the large pickup truck. This type of truck has the ability to haul extremely large loads. These large pickups have a very large storage capacity, allowing them to be used to transport goods over long distances in narrow passage ways, such as on highways, or high-ways, over rugged terrain, or through bodies of water.