Having to transport tractor trailers can already be a bit of a daunting task. However, moving oversized loads is a completely different matter. Therefore, it’s important to know what the best practices are for getting these hauls done safely and efficiently…
How-to Transport Oversized Loads: Key Techniques
Ensure it’s secure
When moving oversized loads, it’s especially important to make sure you secure whatever it is you’re hauling. Of course, this is true of any other regular sized hauls as well. Still, with those hauls, your cargo will be moved inside a trailer. That way, even if something comes loose, it’ll still be contained in the trailer itself.
For oversized items, this usually isn’t the case. Instead, your haul will be out in the open. If something comes loose, then it’s very easy for it to fall onto the road and tip your truck in the process. It’s good to make sure your cargo is secure both before you leave, and regularly throughout the trip.
Consider legal and physical limits
Oversized loads are also subject to different weight laws than non-oversized ones. Generally, in the U.S., the maximum load width and height is 102 inches. As for length, the max is usually 50 feet. However, each state may have their own unique regulations, so it’s important to do the proper research beforehand.
You also need to make sure that you can physically delivery your cargo. Your truck needs to have the ability to properly move your haul despite its weight. Remember that weight limits are also based on axle weight, not the total weight. Adjusting your cargo can help better distribute the weight and avoid any overweight issues.
Use travel escorts
Moving oversized loads can be hard to do on your own. It can be hard both to anticipate what’s ahead, as well as where other cars are around you. That’s why you’ll want to make use of travel escorts. These are cars which will drive out ahead of you and also behind you while you drive.
These escorts and handy as they can notify you about any important road signs or incidents coming up on the road. They also serve to make other drivers aware that you’re approaching so they can move out of the way. Plus, by staying around you, they ensure you have the space required at all times.