If you’ve ever been to the Tail of the Dragon, you know trucks are a lethal menace on that world-famous stretch of road. But, not anymore, with the state of Tennessee finally banning them from that route.
The Dragon is an extra-twisty bit of Rt. 129, connecting Tennessee and North Carolina. It’s world-famous to both motorcyclists and sports car fans, due to its legendary 318 curves in 11 miles. The view isn’t bad either. It’s a challenging road at speed, as it snakes along the mountain side, and it’s no place for a transport truck, as they easily block both lanes of traffic when navigating the tortuous road. That’s a bad thing at any time, but especially when you are riding like the guy in this video.
North Carolina came to their senses on this issue years ago, with state officials prohibiting truck traffic from taking the route. However, trucks still continued to travel the route the other direction, from Tennessee, as the signage discouraged their usage, but did not prohibit it. Thanks to GPS routing, many truckers thought the road would save them time, not realizing its danger.
Now, though, Tennessee has finally gotten around to banning transport trucks from the route. The state now prohibits vehicles longer than 30 feet from using the road. If you’ve ever used the road, you’ll know even that prohibition probably doesn’t go far enough, but at least it’s a start and should cut down on the danger posed by big rigs.