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Distracted Drivers are a Big Threat to Truckers

There have been instances of distracted drivers since the first motorized vehicles were created. Distracted driving isn’t a new concept, but there are many more ways to be distracted than in the past. Motorists that allow their attention, hands or vision to wander even for a few seconds, increase the potential for an accident.

When a car runs afoul of a trucker, the odds are not in favor of the passenger vehicle and the results are typically catastrophic. There are multiple ways in which ordinary motorists can be distracted while driving and they pose an enormous hazard against which truckers must constantly be vigilant.

Distracted Drivers

Drivers that allow themselves to be distracted are making a bad decision and every action after that exacerbates the situation, whether it’s adjusting their playlist, making a phone call, or responding to a text. They miss critical clues about traffic, street signs, and misinterpret road conditions. Distracted drivers may not see pedestrians, bicyclists or wildlife.

Texting and talking are the two primary ways in which drivers are distracted, but children and pets are equally diverting for people driving. Eating, drinking, applying makeup and other types of grooming are all extremely distracting while trying to drive.

Many newer vehicles are equipped with on-board GPS systems that makes it easier to find destinations but can cause people to make lane changes without proper spacing or signaling. Following along with GPS on phones is even more distracting.

According to statistics gathered by law firms, one of the most underestimated causes of distracted driving is talking with passengers. It’s natural for people to converse when traveling together, but the real problem arises when drivers take their eyes off the road to look at the person to which they’re speaking.

Those distracted driving hazards and situations don’t even take into account brightly colored flashing signs to identify businesses and amusements. While billboards have been banned in many locations, there are still some areas where they can be found, complete with high-tech messaging designed specifically to attract attention.

When it comes to distracted drivers, truckers must be vigilant against the errors of others at all times and be prepared for anything. However, they must also be careful not to develop careless habits of their own and not allow outside influences from a myriad of sources that steal their attention away from the road.

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Reduce Accident Risk During Heavy Haul Transport

The first thing that heavy haul drivers need to know to reduce accident risk is that few people piloting a passenger vehicle view a heavy hauler truck any differently than another consumer vehicle. They don’t understand the distances that heavy haulers require to stop or the need to make wider turns. Heavy haulers can reduce accident risk by driving alert and

Conversely, maneuvering in close quarters, through traffic and on worksites, and in inclement weather presents heavy hauler drivers with an increased risk for an accident. There are some basic things for every long hauler to keep in mind to reduce the potential for an accident.

Secure the Load

Always ensure that every load is appropriately secured before pulling out to prevent the cargo from moving or shifting. A significant number of accidents are the result of debris/items falling from a truck when it has to make a sudden stop or the load isn’t properly secured. Securing your load is the law and will reduce accident risk.

Safe Driving Habits

Safe driving requires vigilance at all times and developing driving habits that aid in reducing accidents before they occur. Safe habits include no drowsy driving or distracted driving. One of the leading causes of accidents is distracted driving due to mobile devices. Letting the mind wander is equally dangerous.

If a load requires a spotter or escort, listen to them, but drivers should use their best judgement based on their driving experience. That goes for overpass clearances, driving routes, and similar areas of potential problems. If a driver needs to pull over and survey the surroundings visually, don’t hesitate to do so.

Close Quarters & Blind Spots

Drivers need to use extra caution when pulling onto ramps, into traffic, or making turns. Leave extra space between the heavy hauler and other vehicles. Navigating in close quarters on job sites or drop-off points can be extremely difficult, especially when backing up. Always be aware of where the truck’s blind spots are.

Weather Conditions

The weather can change with little warning in any location. It pays to keep abreast of local weather conditions, which enables drivers to anticipate situations that could prove dangerous. Depending upon the time of year and locale, drivers can encounter snow and freezing rain, tornadoes, flooding from hurricanes, and even problems due to wildfires. Staying advised provides drivers with the information needed to make informed decisions to reduce accident risk.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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5 Most Common Heavy Haul Loads

Heavy haul drivers transport heavy haul loads with a wide range of objects and materials during their careers. They ensure that items that exceed standard weight, height, length or width dimensions arrive at destinations far and wide. The following are some of the most common loads that heavy haul truckers will encounter.

Equipment

Vehicles and equipment used in the mining and construction industry, along with harvesting equipment, are among the most common types of heavy haul loads that heavy haulers will typically find themselves transporting. The huge cookers, boilers and other types of equipment utilized in the food production industry are also transported by heavy haulers. The truckers may also be tasked with delivery of such unusual items as “mini” submarines for underwater exploration.

Construction Materials

This can encompass wood, metal and cement materials. An example would be metal support beams for the building industry or prefabricated concrete elements for construction projects. Heavy haulers can also be called upon to deliver items such as roof joists for homes or materials for the construction of bridges. In some instances, heavy haulers are responsible for transporting entire structures and historical buildings.

Energy

The enormous turbines, transformers, and the giant propellers of wind generators used in the energy creation and distribution industry are just some of the types of freight that require the specialized knowledge of a heavy hauler. That also includes the giant-sized pipes used for oil pipelines and oversize equipment delivered to docks and ferried to offshore oil rigs.

Liquid Loads

From milk to gas, special training is required for transporting liquid heavy haul loads. Liquid moves in ways that solid freight doesn’t and the center of gravity continually changes as the liquid moves and sloshes.

Military Heavy Haul Loads

When tanks and other pieces of equipment are decommissioned, a heavy hauler is often called upon to transport the equipment to surplus stores or military auctions. In many instances, those items are sold to veteran’s organizations and heavy haulers are required to transport them to their new destination.

When it comes to distracted drivers, truckers must be vigilant against the errors of others at all times and be prepared for anything. However, they must also be careful not to develop careless habits of their own and not allow outside influences from a myriad of sources that steal their attention away from the road.

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Better Specialized Machinery Transport

Transporting heavy equipment requires specialized handling, preparation and trailers. Equipment that exceeds a certain height, weight, width or length limits can require escort services, specific permits and signage, or a specialized trailer for it to be legally and safely conveyed.

Bulldozers, loaders, cranes and cement mixers are just some of the types of equipment that can be hauled. It’s even possible to transport decommissioned tanks and similar types of military equipment for display at a variety of venues for a myriad of organizations. An oversize load is usually anything less than 80,000 pounds, 13.5 ft. high, 8.5 ft. wide, and 53 ft. long.

Paperwork

There will be permits to transport an oversize load and even through multiple states if applicable. Fuel permits and trip permits will be needed, along with signage and an escort vehicle. An approved route will also have to be established that takes into account overpasses, tunnels, bridges and other features that could have an impact on the load.

There will typically be restrictions on when the specialized trailer can operate, under what types of weather conditions, and on certain roads due to their rating or traffic congestion. A professional heavy hauler will be able to ascertain the type of trailer needed and arrange for permits and logistics.

Specialized Trailers

A removable gooseneck (RGN) trailer is the preferred method for transporting machinery that’s taller or longer than usual. RGN trailers can be lowered to the ground to create a ramp, enabling wheeled and track vehicles to be driven onto the specialized trailer for ease of loading and off-loading.

Other options exist, such as step-deck and stretch double drop deck trailers, depending on the item to be hauled. Outriggers are beneficial for large pieces of equipment when a large separation exists between the wheels or tracks. Outriggers swing out to expand the trailer’s surface area.

Super Loads

There are also specialized trailers for what’s considered super loads. These are items that exceed 150,000 pounds, 16 ft. high, 10 ft. wide, and 75 ft. in length. Some examples of a super load would be HVAC equipment, industrial boilers, mining equipment, power generators and power plant transformers, and turbines. Beam trailers, platform trailers and steerable dollies are all trailer options for super loads.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Disaster Hauling Quickly gets Things Back to Normal

disaster haulingThe term disaster hauling is used to denote transporting FEMA loads after a catastrophic event. It can encompass the transport of a wide variety of items ranging from heavy equipment to clear areas of debris, modular units for temporary housing, generators to supply power, and other types of relief supplies.

The most often encountered disaster in Florida is a hurricane. The hurricane season typically runs June 1 through Nov. 30. Scientists believe that global warming may extend that season and storms may become more severe. Any company planning on participating in disaster hauling should be aware of several things.

Budget Strains

Heavy haulers are essential during disaster recovery, but FEMA isn’t known for being a quick payer. It can place a strain on cash flow and there are often delays in payment. Disaster hauling will typically be contracted through a broker. In the chaos following a disaster, combined with the sheer number of loads going in, there will be delays in payments.

Keep a Record for Disaster Hauling

Maintaining clear and comprehensive records is essential in the trucking industry. Nowhere is that more important than during disaster hauling. Get a copy of all agreements in writing and keep them on hand to ensure there’s no misunderstanding, nothing slips through the cracks, and correct compensation is collected. Haulers will be able to charge more for FEMA loads and individuals shouldn’t undersell their time.

Keep detailed records of wait times, along with mileage in and out. Be sure to include detention and layover pay in any agreement since there could be significant wait times to get unloaded. Be aware that detention pay is one of the most often disputed by FEMA. Always review every contract carefully to ensure standard terms and information is included.

Be Prepared

A heavy hauler working on disaster relief will need to be ready to roll at a moment’s notice. Time is of the essence for people without power and basic necessities. Prepare the truck or trailer in advance and try to carry supplies to make minor repairs for any contingency.

Haulers may encounter numerous challenges such as road damage and closed truck stops that will limit the availability to obtain fuel. It can also limit the availability of meals and grocery stores may be shut down.

Always carry some snacks that won’t spoil, water, and fill the tank just before heading into the disaster area. Cell service will probably be spotty at best. There will be flooding. Don’t drive into high water – stay safe. Above all, exercise patience when working disaster hauls.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure any and all of your heavy equipment export is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Hiring Heavy Equipment Driver

Hiring a heavy equipment driver is not as easy a decision as it may seem. This is because you want to make sure that you hire someone with the appropriate experience and training to safely operate the equipment on-site and that they are also licensed and certified to do so in your state. Because there are numerous types of heavy equipment that you will need to use on construction sites throughout the nation, it is extremely important that the license is valid and shows that the individual has undergone adequate training. The most common reasons why you would want to hire a heavy equipment driver are:

Hiring a Heavy Equipment Driver Do’s and Dont’s

If you are just starting off in construction, then you probably have no idea what type of driver will be best suited for the job. In that case, it would be advisable to request that a temporary license be arranged before commencing your project. You can request either a short-term heavy equipment driver’s license or a driver’s license that will last you between one to two years. As mentioned before, this type of license is perfect for those who are just starting out and have little experience with driving large trucks. However, it is not the best idea to hire a driver without experience, as you can never be too careful.

 

When applying for a heavy equipment driver’s license, you will want to make sure that you have all of the proper documentation. This means that you will need to provide a copy of your resume to the licensing agency along with proof of training and experience with heavy equipment. Additionally, you will need to supply a list of the types of vehicles you will need to use for the construction site, such as dump trucks or tow trucks. By taking the time to complete these tasks ahead of time, you can ensure that you will have a licensed driver ready to sign on the dotted line when the contract comes due.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time, and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Do I Need an Oversize Permit?

In Florida, any load that exceeds 8 ft. 6 in. on a roadway that’s less than 12 ft. wide requires an oversize load permit. The same is true for loads exceeding 13 ft. 6 in. in height or over 40 ft. in length. If the weight is more than 21,000 lbs. per axle or 34,000 lbs. for a double axel, there will be oversize load permits required.

The laws for heavy haulers are very clear and specific, but they don’t end with height, weight and length. If the freight or equipment meets the qualifications of an oversize load, other regulations will come into play. The load may require the services of an escort driver.

Regulations include how many hours per day the driver will be allowed to be engaged in the active transport of the load. The rig can only begin transporting from 30 minutes before sunrise and must stop 30 minutes after sunset if the load is between 10-14 ft. wide. Holidays also present a travel problem. No movement is allowed on holidays if the load is more than 14.6 ft. high, 10 ft. wide, or 80 ft. long.

Loads that meet the criteria will require oversize load signage or a banner on the front and back of the vehicle and in specific colors. Flags of precise colors and sizes are also required – they must be able to wave freely and without impediment. The purpose is safety and to make the heavy hauler as visible as possible to other motorists. Depending on the equipment or objects to be transported, tarps may be a requirement.

The wide range of laws governing oversize loads are very specific. It’s just one of the reasons that anyone that needs equipment or other items to be hauled should consult with a professional heavy hauler company. They’re cognizant of the rules, the best type of rig to accommodate the weight, height and width of the load, and the safest and most efficient way to ensure the load arrives on time.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Securing your Load

Everyone has seen a heavy hauler with loads secured by chains, but few ever consider the standards and best practices that go into ensuring equipment and other items to ensure they ride safely. Those same safety measures are equally important for you when transporting items ranging from furniture and rented equipment to building supplies.

Moving any heavy load is a major endeavor and drivers that don’t adhere to established best practices is courting disaster. Commercial haulers have very specific state and national regulations governing how cargo is to be secured.

As a private individual, you also have rules that apply when hauling cargo. If you fail to follow the law, you can be held liable, prosecuted, pay stiff fines, and sentenced to significant jail time.

Unsecured loads injure more than 3,500 people each year in Florida and cause billions in healthcare costs and property damage. Accidents also occur due to debris on roadways caused by shifting loads.

Commercial drivers understand the importance of securing loads against movement due to winds, bumpy roads and other hazards such as railroad tracks. You can utilize the same basic standards as commercial drivers to ensure loads are safe and secure.

Blocking

Loads should be blocked in the front, back and sides to avoid sliding and shifting. Blocking should fit snuggly against the cargo. The same procedure is equally applicable for open and enclosed trailers.

Tie-Downs

When shifting occurs, it affects the handling of the tow vehicle. Open and flat trailers should employ chains, ropes, straps, or devices on which tension can be adjusted that are strong enough to withstand the weight of the cargo being hauled to prevent movement – typically 1.5 times the weight of the cargo. The restraints should go over the cargo and attach to the trailer on both sides.

Covers

Covering a load, also known as tarping, on open trailers protects other drives from the potential danger of a spill and serves as protection for the cargo. Be sure to look in the rear-view mirror from time to time to ensure covers haven’t come loose. A cover flapping in the wind can easily be torn off. It has the potential to fly off and cover the windshield of other vehicles.

Overloading

Never exceed the weight specifications of the trailer or tow vehicle. The vehicle will be more difficult to handle, it increases the risk of cargo movement, and presents a danger to other motorists. Always ensure that loads are properly balanced.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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Tips for Managing your Construction Site

Planning and coordination of construction job sites can change from hour to hour and managing those changes encompasses people, equipment, and safety concerns. Site managers need the ability to look ahead and anticipate the unexpected and create alternate plans for changing conditions. Communication will be a key element in the process.

Preventing Theft

Any type of tools or equipment on a job site are at risk of theft. Handheld tools are a particularly attractive target, but don’t discount the potential for theft of heavy equipment. Heavy equipment theft and hand tools is a billion-dollar industry, with less than 20 percent of the property ever being recovered. Every construction site should be protected by a fence. Chain link is the preferred fencing method. It’s affordable and can be erected quickly.

Safety

A chain link fence is also an excellent measure for preventing unwanted incursions by trespassers. Warning signs will need to be displayed and the fencing provides an easy way to do so. Fencing is also an important safety precaution for preventing injuries to the general public. Every preventative option should be employed to prevent an accident that can result in an expensive lawsuit.

Maintenance

The tools and heavy equipment on job sites work hard. Regular examination and maintenance are essential processes. Depending on equipment usage, there will be multiple maintenance schedules to manage and you may need to arrange for extra machinery if a piece of equipment will be down for servicing.

Rentals or Purchases

Equipment and tools are expensive investments. In some instances, it may be more cost effective to rent specific items instead of purchasing them depending on how often a specific piece is utilized.

Traceability

The use of GPS trackers is an excellent way to ascertain the location of any piece of equipment at any given time. It’s effective in the event of theft and it also provides an easy way to ensure that no piece of equipment is inadvertently left behind on a job site.

North American Heavy Haul is a full-service Heavy Equipment Transportation and Machinery Shipping Firm. With Professional Heavy Equipment Drivers in All 50 States, we have more experience transporting oversized and over-weight machinery than anyone in the industry. North American Heavy Haul is dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in all your heavy equipment transportation needs.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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We Ship Everywhere In The United States and Canada

North American Heavy Haul is a full-service Heavy Equipment Transportation and Machinery Shipping Firm. With Professional Heavy Equipment Drivers in All 50 States, we have more experience transporting oversized and over-weight machinery than anyone in the industry. North American Heavy Haul is dedicated to providing our clients with professional, personalized services and guidance in all your heavy equipment transportation needs.

With over a decade of transporting and Heavy Haul experience, we ensure your heavy equipment is transported safely. Our skilled logistics team understands it’s mission-critical to get your load where it needs to be on time, every time and will make it our main focus when shipping for you.

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