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Long Beach is located at 33° 47' North, 118° 10' West, about 20 miles (32 km) south of downtown Los Angeles . According to the United States Census Bureau , the city has a total area of 51.437 square miles (133.2 km 2 ), with 50.293 square miles (130.3 km 2 ) of its area being land and 1.144 square miles (2.96 km 2 ) of it (2.22%) is water. Long Beach completely surrounds the city of Signal Hill .
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QuestionPrior tothe 20th century, freight was generally transported overland via trains and railroads.During this time, trains were essential, and they werehighlyefficient at moving large amounts of freight.But, they could only deliver that freight to urban centers for distribution by horse-drawn transport.Though there were several trucks throughout this time, theywere usedmore as space for advertising that for actual utility.At this time, the use of range for trucks was quite challenging.The use of electric engines, lack of paved rural roads, and small load capacities limited trucks to most short-haul urban routes.

QuestionAlongside the many different trailers provided are motorcycle trailers. Theyare designedto haul motorcycles behind an automobile or truck.Depending on size and capability, some trailer may be able to carry several motorcycles orperhapsjustone. Theyspecificallydesigned this trailer to meet the needs of motorcyclists. They carry motorcycles, have ramps, and include tie-downs.There may be a utility trailer adaptedpermanentlyoroccasionallyto haul one or more motorcycles.

QuestionBeginning the the early 20th century, the 1920's saw several major advancements. There was improvement in rural roads which was significant for the time.The diesel engine, which are 25-40% more efficient than gas engines were also a major breakthrough.We also saw the standardization of truck and trailer sizes along with fifth wheel coupling systems. Additionally power assisted brakes and steering developed. By 1933, all states had some form of varying truck weight regulation.

QuestionThe year 1611 marked an important time for trucks, as that is when the word originated. The usage of "truck" referred to the small strong wheels on ships' cannon carriages. Further extending its usage in 1771, it came to refer to carts for carrying heavy loads. In 1916 it became shortened, calling it a "motor truck".While since the 1930's its expanded application goes as faras tosay "motor-powered load carrier".

QuestionThere are certain characteristics of a truck that makes it an "off-road truck". They generally standard, extra heavy-duty highway-legal trucks.Although legal, they have off-road features like front driving axle and special tires for applying it to tasks such as logging and construction.The purpose-built off-road vehiclesare unconstrained byweighing limits, such as theLibherrT 282B mining truck.

QuestionDOT officers of each state are generally in charge of the enforcement of the Hours of Service (HOS). These are sometimes checked when CMVs pass through weigh stations. Drivers found to be in violation of the HOS canbe forcedto stop driving for a certain period of time. This, in turn, maynegativelyaffect the motor carrier's safety rating. Requests to change the HOS are a source of debate. Unfortunately, many surveysindicatedriversroutinelyget away with violating the HOS.Such facts have started yet another debate on whether motor carriers shouldbe requiredto us EOBRs in their vehicles.Relying on paper-based log books does not always seem to enforce the HOS law put in place for the safety of everyone.