Truck drivers will have to make a wide variety of different kinds of deliveries. Perhaps some of the trickiest trips to make will be those with oversized loads. These larger loads present some new challenges and risks to keep in mind. Doing so will help you and your haul can get to the destination safely…
Oversized Loads: What You Need to Know
Check the laws
Due to how oversized loads can be pretty dangerous, there’s a different set of laws and requirements in place for them. For example, in the U.S., any vehicle carrying a load wider than 8’5″ is oversized. However, there’s also height and weight limitations as well that can vary state-by-state.
Plus, you’ll also have to make sure you have the right kinds of permits. Each state tends to have their own unique permit, which you’ll need if you want to carry your haul on their roads. Plus, some might also require you to have special escort or pilot vehicles in order to drive.
Plan a good route
Route planning is also a key aspect of driving with oversized loads. For starters, the route you plan to take can impact whether or not you get a permit. States will review your planned route and let you know if it’s okay or not. Plus, you have to consider that roads you used to travel might not work with a larger load.
However, you do have some tools you can use to find a good route. Modern technologies like GPS can help you find a route specifically for oversized hauls. Plus, you can search for commonly used oversized routes so you won’t have to worry about looking for gas, rest stops, etc. while driving.
Driving with a normal load can already be pretty tricky. Therefore, you can expect oversized loads to be even more of a challenge. That’s why you need to make sure you drive cautiously in order to protect both yourself and other drivers.
It helps to adopt a more defensive driving style when dealing with oversized loads. Keep your speed in check and ensure you have plenty of distance away from other cars. Also, make sure that any safety banners or lights are clearly visible, so other drivers know what to expect when driving near you.