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The reason that some semi-truck trailer doors have quilted patterns on their rear doors is to reduce glare on the vehicles following them.

This Is Why Truck Trailers Have Quilted Rear Doors: A Brief Explainer

Semi trucks and their trailers are our stalwart friends on any road trip. Those who spend a lot of time driving can attest that the highway is the natural habitat of these hulking machines. But even if we see them all the time, a lot about trucks is a bit of a mystery to us outside of that world, and one of these mysteries caught my attention a few days ago: quilted rear doors.

If you want to be specific, these are “diamond pattern stainless steel doors” according to Utility Trailer, the manufacturer. The reason they look that way is simple yet pretty clever: The quilted steel stops light from reflecting directly backwards. It breaks bright reflections and angles them away from drivers.

That’s right. Truck drivers and tractor traile… Continue Reading (2 minute read)

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