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Most Dangerous Loads Truckers Haul

Most people are aware that the trucking industry is responsible for transporting the ordinary goods and products they purchase. Many would be surprised to learn how many dangerous loads are also handled by truckers. Drivers do far more than “enjoy the countryside” as they transport large, heavy and hazardous loads. They’re constantly on high alert, are highly trained, experienced, and drivers must acquire specialized certifications to haul the most dangerous cargo on the road.

Hazardous Materials

No job for the faint of heart, drivers must have nerves of steel to transport these loads, it’s a dangerous job that not everyone is suited to perform. Drivers may be called upon to transport chemicals, pesticides and corrosive materials to dynamite, grenades and commercial fireworks. The potential for an explosion exists and the danger level is high.

Heavy Haul Loads

These encompass a wide variety of cargo. Drivers may be required to transport components for power plants. blades for wind generators and construction equipment, along with agricultural machinery and equipment for the military and mining industry. They must be familiar with multiple types of specialized trailers. Drivers must have steady hands and experience to keep their loads secure and other motorists safe.

Gas and Oil

Cargo can include fuel to gas stations, natural gas for heating homes and businesses, or oil to refineries. There is no margin for error when the cargo is flammable or explosive. The danger is high and ever present.

An Entire House

Whole houses and other structures are regularly moved every day from one location to another. They present a significant amount of danger to drivers, the load and infrastructure. They’re oversized loads in many respects, but these types of projects are routinely handled by those that specialize in moving entire structures. They must be moved very slowly, roads are often closed off, and it typically requires electric lines to be disconnected at some point in the journey. Structures must be properly balanced and secured to the trailer.

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3 Bigge Issues Facing the Trucking Industry

Almost everything that consumers purchase has been transported by truck drivers at some point in its journey. The industry is facing 3 major problems now – a driver shortage, driver retention and high gas prices.

Driver Shortages

The shortage of drivers is a multi-faced issue. Many drivers have reached an age when they want to retire. Meanwhile, the demand for drivers continues to increase as more goods need to be transported.

Fewer new drivers are entering the field. They cite low pay, poor working conditions, and lack of benefits as the primary reasons. Those problems are also issues for long-time drivers.

Some employers are thinking “creatively” and actively recruiting women drivers to ease the shortage. The average age of a truck driver is 35 and employers are also looking at training programs to bring younger drivers onboard – yet carriers worry about increased insurance rates for younger drivers.

Driver Retention

There’s a disconnect between drivers, employers and industry experts as to how to solve the problem of retaining existing drivers. Industry experts are advocating for mental health resources, along with smoking cessation and weight loss programs. The reasoning is that it will foster better driver-employer relationships. However, drivers say they want pay increases, more time at home, and greater control over their routes.

Gas Prices

The cost of fuel is stressing everyone and that’s particularly evident in the trucking industry. Everyone is playing the blame game as to why fuel prices have escalated. Some blame cutbacks in production and climate change. Still others believe it’s a plan by oil companies to make up lost revenues during the pandemic.

Escalating gas prices are placing more pressure on employers and truckers to complete jobs faster to remain profitable.

Everyone Feels the Effects

The issues facing independent operators to employers is one that’s being felt by everyone throughout the supply chain. Without drivers, products don’t get delivered. High gas prices mean it costs more to deliver and costs are being passed on to consumers across the nation. It’s all part of a complex problem that doesn’t look to be solved anytime in the near future.

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4 Reasons to Schedule Your Heavy Haul Early

Heavy haulers are in high demand, especially during the summer, and deliveries are often scheduled months in advance. Heavy hauling is a highly complex process.

If you know you have construction equipment, agricultural machinery or any other type of cargo that requires a heavy hauler, you need to schedule it as far in advance as possible to ensure safety, on-time delivery, trailers and other equipment is available, and to manage costs.

Safety

The safety of every load is paramount. It requires the right tractor-trailer combination and following appropriate safety precautions. It also requires an eye for detail and planning of the best travel route, since all infrastructure can’t handle heavy haul loads.

On Time Delivery

Heavy haul companies use sophisticated logistics software to plan the most effective and time-efficient routes. Each route is designed to minimize a variety of hazards and obstacles that can potentially affect delivery times, many of which are more prevalent at certain times of the year. Those elements are particularly important when loads are being transported to foreign countries. There must also be someone available to take charge of the load when it arrives.

Special Accommodations

Highly specialized trailers are utilized for heavy hauling and the right trailer for your load nay not be available if you wait until the last minute to schedule.

Other considerations also come into play. Depending on the cargo, its destination and the states through which it must pass. Specialized documentation may be needed that can take several weeks to obtain. Special accommodations may also be required. Those may include signage, lighting and 1 or more escort vehicles. Some states place restrictions on the days and hours of the day that certain heavy haul loads can be transported.

Costs

The transport of heavy haul loads peak during the summer months and costs are higher – it’s all reliant on supply and demand. Scheduling your transport during the off season can save a significant amount of money and ensure the proper trailer is available.

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The Challenges of Heavy Haul Routing

Planning the route that a heavy haul load will take is no easy feat. It’s challenging at the best of times. It must factor in multiple variables and conditions can change at a moment’s notice. It’s a pain-staking process that requires attention to detail for a successful delivery and the safety of both driver and cargo.

Identifying Obstacles

One of the primary reasons for route planning is to identify potential hazards and avoid them for the safest transport possible. Impediments to a heavy hauler includes:

  • Low overpasses
  • Bridges
  • Sharp turns and curves
  • Low hanging utility lines
  • Road construction
  • Dangerous weather conditions
  • Accidents
  • Availability of escort vehicles if required

There are some roads and bridges that can’t handle the weight or size of a heavy haul load. The weight, height, width, and length of the load are critical elements.

On Time Delivery

When customers need a harvester, crane or earth moving equipment, they want it as soon as possible. Route planning minimizes delivery delays and is particularly important when delivering loads to be shipped aboard ocean-going vessels. All ports don’t operate on the same hours and missing the boat is not an option.

Regulation Compliance

Heavy haulers are required to comply with a multitude of regulations. There are permits that must be obtained. The process is complicated by regulations and permitting that change from state to state. Depending on the load and state(s) being traveled, there may also be restrictions on the days and times that the load may legally be allowed to travel on roadways.

Keeps Costs Down

The most efficient and cost-effective route may not be a straight line from point A to B. Planning allows drivers to avoid traffic congestion, toll roads, and other superfluous expenses.

Technology Plays a Role

Heavy haul companies utilize technologically advanced software systems to plan the routes drivers will take. The programs can factor in all the variables that must be accounted for, but there’s always the potential for unforeseen circumstances. It’s just one of the reasons that conditions are constantly tracked and monitored.

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What is Heavy Haulage

Essentially, heavy haulage is the transporting of equipment, machinery, building materials, and other items that exceed established limits for height, weight, length, and width. In Florida, that’s any load that exceeds13 ft. 6 in. in height, 80,000 lbs., 75 ft. in length, and 8 ft. 6 in. in width. Any load exceeding those limits requires a permit to be transported.

Regulations Vary

There are no uniform rules across the U.S., meaning hauls originating in Florida that need to be transported through other states or across international borders may need multiple permits. Depending on the destination and a state’s regulations, special lights, signage and escort vehicles may also be required. Load limits change from state to state and even from county to county.

Trailers Help Stay Within Limits

Heavy haul company have a variety of trailers at their disposal. Some are designed to help remain within stated limits. An example is a double drop trailer, also known as a low boy. It sets closer to the ground, reducing the height of the item to be transported.

Routes Make a Difference

The route that a heavy haul load takes can make a huge difference in the cost, permits needed, and arrival time. Heavy haul companies use advanced logistics that enables loads to travel any distance with as little fuss as possible. Sometimes the most direct route isn’t the best. The technology enables heavy haul companies to deliver loads promptly and in the most expedient manner.

A Highly Complex Process

A heavy haul load presents a variety of complicated calculations and safety measures. Those precautions ensure that loads don’t try to pass under overpasses that are too low or bridges that can’t handle the weight of the load. It allows heavy haul companies to arrange for police assistance if necessary, disconnection of electrical lines if needed, and numerous other accommodations to ensure the safety of the load, infrastructure, and other motorists.

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What to Consider When Choosing a Heavy Haul Company

If you’ve never had to contract for heavy haul services, the process can be confusing. It’s a highly complicated and complex process. There are a number of criteria you’ll need to consider when entrusting your cargo to a heavy haul company.

Years of Experience

Heavy haul companies don’t stay in business long if they deliver shoddy customer service or neglect safety. The heavy haul company you choose should have years of experience, an excellent reputation, and officials won’t be hesitant about sharing references.

Safety Record

The machinery, equipment and other items that comprise a heavy haul can be worth millions of dollars. You want a company that’s demonstrated an exceptional safety record. That means that the company maintains a high level of expertise and takes every safety precaution necessary to ensure the safety of your property and other motorists during the transport process. The heavy hauler will have had experience in transporting the type of freight you have to move, whether it’s an earthmover or a yacht.

Services Offered and Trailers

Reputable heavy haul companies offer more than simple transportation from one point to another. They’re prepared with specialized lighting, signage and escort vehicles. The company will also be cognizant of when those safety measures are required. While you’ll want to maintain your own insurance, the heavy haul company will be licensed, insured, and provide tracking throughout the cargo’s journey.

The type of trailer used matters. The professionals know which trailer will best suit your specific needs and the best technique for loading the cargo on the trailer. The company can arrange for a container if the load must travel part of the way to its destination by rail or ocean-going vessel.

Logistics and Permitting

The company you choose should have advanced logistics. It enables the company to map the safest and most expedient route that avoids potential impediments to delivery. The one thing that advanced logistics can’t plan for is inclement weather.

There can be multiple permits required, depending on the destination. An expert heavy haul company will be cognizant of the permits needed and obtain all pertinent paperwork or electronic documents to ensure every federal, state and county regulation is met.

 

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Safety Guidelines in the Heavy Haul Market

A heavy haul load presents a variety of potential dangers and hazards. North American Heavy Haul pioneered many of the safety precautions that have become industry standards and have been incorporated into industry guidelines. It’s important for clients to know their equipment or machinery will be well taken care of throughout its journey, whether its within the state or across international borders. The primary objective in any heavy haul project is the safety of the load and mitigating any potential risk to other drivers.

Heavy Haul Specifications

In Florida, a heavy haul load is one that exceeds13 ft. 6 in. in height, 80,000 lbs., 75 ft. in length, and 8 ft. 6 in. in width. Special permitting will be required and specialized trailers utilized.

Center of Gravity

It’s essential that loads be situated on a trailer in an optimal position relative to the center of gravity. Weight must be distributed evenly. This presents a lower profile and significantly reduces the potential for tipping while navigating corners and highway ramps. Specialized trailers are available that facilitate lowering the center of gravity.

Clean and Clear

Bumps and humps on highways can lead to the dislodging of any dirt or debris on equipment or machinery. All types of cargo should be cleaned before loading to eliminate dirt and other forms of debris that could become dislodged during transit. If not removed, they can fall off the cargo and create a hazard for other drivers.

Securing the Load

Properly securing the load is a critical practice. Specific guidelines govern the type of tie-down to be used and where it’s placed for optimal safety. Chocks may also be needed to prevent equipment or machinery from moving during acceleration or in the event of a sudden stop. Chains are the preferred method. Straps may be used in some situations, but size and strength of the tie downs are carefully calculated.

Moveable Parts

The trucking company will lower all attachments and moveable parts prior to beginning the transport. In many instances, attachments may be removed and hauled along with the equipment to minimize height or length. Attachments that have been removed are secured separately. Any doors or steering wheels on equipment must be secured so they don’t move.

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How Much Weight is Considered a Heavy Haul?

The amount of weight considered to be a heavy haul will largely depend on the state, but in general, it’s defined as anything that exceeds 80,000 lbs. in gross weight. Heavy haul companies regularly transport items ranging from 80,000 lbs. to 200,000 lbs. Any weight over 200,000 lbs. is classified as a super load.

Hauling capacity is reliant on a number of factors that includes the axle configuration and trailer type. Depending on the load, the heavy hauler may need special signage, lighting, permits, and 1 or more escort vehicles. The truck may only be allowed to travel during certain hours of the day – there may also be restrictions on the days they may travel.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) calculates load weights based on multiple variables – and they can vary widely by state. Those calculations are based on factors that include axle spacing, axle groups, number of tires, and the manufacturer’s rating.

No Uniformity

All states are required to allow trucks up to 80,000 lbs. traverse the federal interstate highway system. However, load weight limits can get complicated and confusing, depending on the state. Some states allow heavier loads without requiring special permits. The weight per axle can also vary, depending on the state. Heavy haulers have to be aware of the rules in the states in which they’ll be required to traverse.

Road Damage

The primary reason that the DOT enacted load limits is to prevent damage to roadways. Interstate highways regularly handle the weight of heavy haulers. However, the majority of roadways aren’t built to handle that much weight without experiencing some damage.

Safety

Another reason regulations have been put in place is for the safety of other motorists. Heavy haulers need additional space to get up to speed, stop, turn, and maneuver among traffic. A collision or accident involving any tractor-trailer rig is likely to be fatal.

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Heavy Haul Transportation Requires Special Equipment and Trained Personnel

Few people give a second thought to the specialized tractor-trailer rigs that must be perfectly matched to haul equipment, machinery and a myriad of other objects. To ensure the safety of the load, heavy haul drivers receive specialized training. Professional heavy haul companies also provide a variety of other services.

Tractors

All semi-tractors don’t have the same size engine. The engine must be of sufficient horse power to be able to move the weight of the trailer and its load, get up to speed, and be capable of climbing hills if necessary.

Trailers

There are multiple types of trailers that can accommodate different heavy haul loads. Some are capable of being dropped down to within a couple feet of the pavement for extra tall objects. Others enable motorized vehicles to be driven onto the heavy haul trailer. There are also designs that allow the trailer to be extended to additional lengths. The heavy haul company has the experience to know what type of trailer is best for a specific piece of equipment or machinery.

Drivers

Heavy haul loads are unlike any other. A heavy haul tractor-trailer combination requires more room for turns, to stop, and to accelerate. Drivers must know the proper way to distribute the weight of the load and how to secure it properly.

Drivers attend specialized classes. They must have a good driving record and meet special licensing requirements to obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Heavy haul drivers are under stress to deliver loads safely and on time, which requires a calm demeanor and the ability to work well under pressure.

Professional Service

Individuals with machinery or equipment to transport need to choose their heavy haul company carefully. Professional heavy haul companies make transport as easy as possible for clients. They take care of required permits and provide GPS tracking every step of the way, along with escort vehicles, signage and lighting when necessary.

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How Trucking is an Essential Part of the Economy

From food and pharmaceuticals to electronics, fuel and livestock, the trucking industry keeps
products and raw materials flowing to destinations across the U.S. and beyond. A full 72
percent of all the freight moved across the U.S. is transported by truck. There are currently 3.36
million truck drivers in the U.S. that move 11.5 billion tons of freight per year.
Safe Arrivals
Virtually every industry depends on truck drivers in some way. Drivers work behind the scenes
to ensure refrigerated products to heating fuel for homes arrive safely and on time. Truck
drivers are professionals that undergo stringent training. They meet deadlines, spend a
significant amount of time away from family and friends, and navigate through an array of
weather conditions.
Connecting Communities
The trucking industry connects communities, allowing businesses to sell their products locally
and around the globe. Those connections enable businesses to employ millions of workers. The
dollars spent by those workers go to local economies. Commercial truckers paid billions in state
and federal taxes in 2022.
Emergencies
Whether it’s a wildfire or a hurricane, truck drivers are some of the first individuals on the
scene when a disaster strikes. They deliver supplies for first responders, hospitals and other
essential services. Truck drivers are considered essential workers. Approximately 10 percent of
drivers are veterans and 6 percent are women.
Infrastructure
Most people don’t think about infrastructure in connection with the trucking industry.
Thousands of roads and bridges have been constructed to facilitate truck deliveries and that
infrastructure is used by millions of ordinary motorists every day.
Supply Chain
Truckers are an integral part of the supply chain in the U.S. Drivers transport goods across the
nation, to ports for export to other countries, and across international borders. The trucking
industry contributes to the economy through multiple types of taxes. The delivery of goods by
truckers enables communities to grow and for people to live more convenient lives.

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