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Weighing In: Understanding Vehicle Metrics

By: Dawnerz


Time to read 3 min

Understanding vehicle metrics is pivotal for safe and informed driving, particularly when it concerns load capacities and road regulations. Vehicle weight is commonly expressed in distinct metrics: pounds (lbs), kilograms (kg), and tonnes (t), each serving as a measurement unit to define a vehicle's mass 


This article is designed to help you quickly locate your vehicle's weight information and utilize our conversion chart. By understanding these weight metrics, you'll be able to confidently select the right towing strap type. Ensuring safe towing and compliance with load capacities and road safety standards has never been easier.

Where to Locate Vehicle Metrics on Traditional Vehicles

On a traditional vehicle, you can usually find the plate with the weight information in the following locations:


Driver's Side Door Jamb: One of the most common places to find the weight information is on the driver's side door jamb. This is often referred to as the "door sticker" or "door plate." The sticker provides various details about the vehicle, including its weight ratings for different load conditions.


Owner's Manual: The owner's manual that comes with the vehicle might also contain information about its weight specifications. Look for a section that discusses vehicle specifications or load capacities.


Vehicle Registration Documents: The vehicle's registration documents might include its weight information. This might be listed as the "Gross Vehicle Weight Rating" (GVWR) or similar terminology.


Under the Hood: Some vehicles might have a weight plate or label located under the hood, on the inside of the engine bay. This label could include various vehicle specifications, including weight information.


Trunk or Cargo Area: In some vehicles, particularly trucks, and SUVs, you might find a weight rating label or plate in the trunk area or inside the rear cargo compartment.


Frame or Chassis: On larger vehicles like trucks and buses, you might find weight information stamped onto the frame or chassis. This is less common in passenger vehicles.

VIN Locations

Where to Locate Vehicle Metrics on Commercial Vehicles

In the case of semi-trucks and heavy plant machinery, weight information is crucial due to safety concerns, load capacity, and compliance with road regulations. The weight specifications for these types of vehicles are typically found in the following locations:


Door Sticker: Similar to passenger vehicles, some semi-trucks and heavy machinery might have a weight information sticker on the driver's side door jamb or door frame. This sticker provides details about the vehicle's weight ratings, axle capacities, and other relevant information.


Frame or Chassis: On larger vehicles like semi-trucks and heavy machinery, weight information might be stamped directly onto the frame or chassis. This can often be found on visible parts of the vehicle's structure.


Manufacturer's Documentation: The vehicle's manufacturer often provides detailed documentation that includes weight specifications. This might be in the form of manuals, guides, or technical specifications provided by the manufacturer.


Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Plate: Some heavy vehicles have a plate on the chassis that includes the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) along with weight and other technical specifications.


Owner's Manual and Documentation: The owner's manual and other documentation that comes with the vehicle can provide weight information, load capacity guidelines, and related details.

Metric Conversions

Pounds are commonly used in the United States, while kilograms are the standard metric unit worldwide. Commercial and Industrial type vehicles commonly reference tonnage (t). 

Pounds (lbs)

Metric Tonne (t)

US Ton (T)

Kilogram (kg)









































It's important to note that even when two weights appear identical, such as both vehicles weighing 30,000 lbs, there can be variations in terms of vehicle characteristics and the intended use of towing straps.


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Let's Summarize

Comprehending vehicle weight metrics is fundamental for a secure driving experience. From understanding where to find this information on traditional and commercial vehicles to grasping metric conversions, this article aimed to equip you with the knowledge needed for confident towing. Remember, even seemingly identical weights can vary based on vehicle characteristics and towing strap applications. 


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