How far can tires stick outside the body of a truck?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions.

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road every week, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

On Monday, Trooper Steve was asked, “Is it legal to have a truck with tires that stick outside the body?”

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In short, there is no law in Florida that says a tire cannot stick out from the tire area.

“But let’s be clear about something,” Trooper Steve said. “A tire cannot be so big that it impedes other traffic or other travel lanes. You’ve got to remember that the tires also affect the vehicle height, which has restrictions.”

For trucks that weigh 3,000 to 5,000 pounds, Florida requires that the rear bumper cannot be more than 30 inches off the ground. The front bumper cannot be more than 28 inches high.

The heights are shorter for smaller trucks. For example, trucks that weigh 2,000 pounds have regulated height limits of 26 inches in the rear and 24 inches in the front.

Happy trucking!

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About the Authors:

Daniel started with WKMG-TV in 2000 and became the digital content manager in 2009. When he's not working on, Daniel likes to head to the beach or find a sporting event nearby.

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.