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The Purpose of an Escort Vehicle

Depending on the size and type of load, and whether the tractor-trailer is traveling on a divided or non-divided highway, heavy haulers may have one or two escort vehicles. It’s the task of an escort vehicle to help drivers of oversize loads to avoid any hazard that may be on the road.

Escort vehicles are an essential safety precaution for transporting oversize loads through areas that could potentially present a danger to the public, such as high traffic areas, narrow bridges, or if the tractor-trailer needs to change lanes. They have authorization to stop traffic and direct the movement of the oversize load. In some instances, local police escorts may also be used in addition to the escort vehicle, depending on the load.

Every state has a variety of rules and regulations governing escort vehicles and when they’re required. Escort drivers must have a Florida State certification or FDOT authorization. An escort vehicle is also a highly visible signal to other motorists that an oversize load is on the road and they need to take appropriate precautions.

In Florida, escort vehicles are required to carry a two-way communications device enabling the escort driver and heavy hauler to communicate. They also carry a variety of other equipment, such as a fire extinguisher and reflective signage that meets certain specifications, reflective triangles, and other equipment as determined by state and federal regulations.

Some states that heavy haulers may pass through requires escort vehicles to stop and pay for an inspection. They have a highly specific and itemed list of equipment that escort drivers are required to carry.

Safety is the number one priority for escort drivers. They work closely and in conjunction with heavy haul drivers to ensure safety. They communicate with drivers to warn them if there are any hazards or obstacles that could present a danger, ranging from construction work and narrow bridges to accidents, traffic backups, and the need for lane changes for the safety of the load and other motorists.

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Preventing Cargo Theft

Many drivers think cargo theft will never happen to them, yet it does happen and the frequency is increasing. Cargo theft is a $15 to $35 billion industry and thieves are continually devising new ways to make off with cargo in quicker and more efficient ways. While theft can happen anytime, most occur on weekdays, with the highest number taking place on Monday and Friday.

Due to the nature of the crime, few arrests or convictions are ever made and most cargo theft takes place in-transit. According to the FBI, the top 10 states with the most cargo thefts in descending order are: CA, TX, FL, IL, NJ, GA, AL, NC, IN and MO. The most frequent targets in 2020 was food, beverages and pharmaceuticals. However, there are measures that companies can take to lessen the risk.

Screen Employees

A background check on potential hires should always be conducted on everyone from office workers and warehouse employees to drivers.

Employee Training

It’s essential for companies to train their employees in the ways that theft occurs and how to thwart it. Drivers must receive training on ways to reduce the risk, such as keeping trucks in sight, checking cargo before departing after a stop, and what to do if they’re victims of cargo theft. Instruct drivers on safety precautions such as avoiding hot spots, only stopping at secure locations, and not leaving cargo unattended.

Security Measures

There are numerous security measures that can be implemented at the company, from security guards and CCTVs to high-tech keycard entry systems. Alarm surveillance systems can be installed, along with high security rear door locks on trailers. Security also includes conducting audits to identify any holes in the supply chain that could give thieves and opening.

Transportation Partners

Heavy hauler companies work with a variety of partners and background checks should also be conducted on them. Ensure that any partner company maintains its own background checks and has the same security philosophy.

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5 Driving Tips for Passing Trucks and Trailers

A truck and trailer combo aren’t like other vehicles on the road. A great number of motorists drive as if a heavy hauler is like every other vehicle. They don’t use common sense or allow for the special needs that a truck and trailer require to remain safe. Here are 5 driving tips to follow when sharing the road with trailers.

Extra Space

Tractor-trailers require a great deal more space than an ordinary car to do everything from passing and turning to braking. It may sound excessive, but drivers should leave a minimum of 16 car lengths between their car and a tractor-trailer. That provides enough space for a motorist to stop and avoid a tractor-trailer if they need to stop quickly.

If debris of some sort falls off the truck, that extra distance enables drivers to avoid it and the potential for a catastrophic accident. Individuals should be aware that the brakes on a car are hydraulic. They respond quicker than the brakes on a tractor-trailer. The braking system on tractor-trailers are different and have a slight lag time before they engage which means a big rig needs far more space to stop.

Blind Spots

Every vehicle of every size has a blind spot. The blind spot on a tractor-trailer is obviously going to be larger. A good rule of thumb is that if a driver can’t see the mirrors on the tractor-trailer, the driver won’t be able to see the driver, either.

Safe Passing

Drivers need to keep in mind that it requires more time and space to pass a tractor-trailer than an ordinary vehicle. Trying to pass with too little room will force a driver into cutting back into the lane too quickly, a mistake that can end in a deadly accident.

Common Sense

The rules of the road apply equally to all drivers, but that doesn’t mean everyone obeys them. Keeping more distance, safe passing and other precautions are just common sense when a tractor-trailer is involved. In the event that another driver doesn’t use common sense around a big rig, drivers that do observe precautions are safer.

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Knowing When you Need Heavy Haul Trucking

Even individuals that are experienced shippers of heavy equipment and similar items may not fully understand when they need the services of heavy haul trucking. Simply put, heavy haul trucking moves large, heavy and bulky objects and materials. It can also come into play whenever machinery or other types of freight exceed regulated height, width, length or weight limits. If you don’t know what the limits are, you need heavy haul trucking.

Heavy haulers have the specialized trailers, experience and knowledge required to haul any type of freight across the nation or internationally. Heavy haulers transport a wide variety of items encompassing construction machinery, mining and military equipment, blades for wind turbines, and even parts for airplanes.

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Heavy haul companies are cognizant of the specialized requirements needed based on the type of freight they’re hauling. That can include specific permits, banners and safety flags, flashing lights, and escort vehicles when applicable. It also requires careful mapping out of the route that will be taken to ensure the safety of the load and that drivers don’t encounter bridges and overpasses that won’t hold the weight or are too low to pass under.

Restrictions

In some instances, there may also be restrictions on the times of day that the heavy hauler can legally transport your load. There are additional restrictions if the heavy hauler is transporting a load during winter weather in the north. In some situations, a heavy haul load may also require a police escort.

The types of freight and cargo that heavy haulers transport are extremely expensive and you’ll want to know where your property is at every point in its journey. GPS tracking is a little-known service available with a heavy haul company. You’ll know the exact location of the cargo any time of the day or night. It will arrive safely and on time.

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Best Ways to Transport Heavy Equipment

There are many ways to transport heavy equipment and some are much better than others. Safety is a prime concern when hauling heavy equipment and the method of transport will depend largely on the type and size of the machinery being transported. Most people automatically picture a standard flatbed trailer and while it can work for some things, it’s not necessarily the best choice for every piece of equipment.

Transport Heavy Equipment

There are multiple variables to consider when having heavy equipment hauled. Those include weight, height, length and width. Many types of heavy equipment can be disassembled so it’s easier to move and doesn’t exceed legal dimensions to become a super load. There are also multiple trailer types that professionals may use, reliant upon the equipment to be hauled.

Double Drop

The most popular method of transport for heavy equipment is one with a bed that’s lower in the middle than on either end. Especially popular for hauling track machines, the advantages are that it creates a cradle with a lower center of gravity and also aids in keeping loads below height limits. If a piece of the equipment must be detached, there’s also room to haul it separately on the same trailer.

Drop Deck Flatbed

A drop deck trailer is exactly as it sounds. It’s a trailer that’s designed low to the ground and has two deck levels. It’s equally appropriate for moving heavy equipment that might exceed height limits. The deck drops down after clearing the tractor.

Sliding Axle Trailer

Another option for transport heavy equipment is a sliding axle trailer. The trailer doesn’t require ramps for loading equipment and has the ability to lower and tilt the bed for specialized loading of equipment. An example would be pavers. The machines require a 6-degree angle for loading and this type of trailer makes any piece of equipment easy to load. It also provides maximum deck space.

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Preparing Equipment for Transport is Essential

It’s not just heavy hauling companies that have preparations to make before they transport a heavy load. The owners of heavy equipment need to schedule their heavy haul as early as possible. There will be permits and documentation to obtain and heavy haulers are in high demand. A heavy hauler may not be available if scheduling is left until the last minute.

Preparing Equipment

Individuals will need to consult with a professional heavy hauler company to ascertain what type of trailer the equipment will require. Preparing equipment before transport is necessary. There are multiple types of trailers, each of which is suited for particular types of loads. Once equipment owners know the type of trailer that will be used, they can begin preparing their equipment.

Retract and Remove

Preparation on the part of equipment owners begins with retracting any booms and removing any attachments such as buckets, blades or scoops. Depending on the destination, it’s illegal in some states to transport equipment with a scoop or bucket attached. The heavy transport company can inform individuals of any special requirements.

Individuals will also need to disconnect the battery, latch all doors, cover the stack, and wash the machine. Debris and dirt can hide the tie-down points that heavy haulers will use to secure the load on the trailer. A clean machine will also prevent dirt and other types of debris from falling off during transport that can create a hazard to motorists.

Avoid Oversize Loads

Equipment owners will want to do everything possible to avoid having their machines designated as an oversize load. It will cost much more to ship and there are far more permits and regulations that will govern how the load can be moved and even the hours of the day when it can be on the road. Preparing your equipment ahead of time is essential. The equipment will earn an oversize load classification if it exceeds established height, width, length and height standards.

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Factors that Dictate your Heavy Haul Rate

You may be surprised at the cost of transporting equipment and other goods via heavy haulers, especially if it’s the first time that you’ve utilized the shipping method. However, there are understandable costs and a wide range of factors that contribute to the heavy haul rate you will pay.

Load Composition

Not all shipping companies are able to accommodate every type of cargo. Loads that exceed weight, height, length and width limits come under the heading of an oversized load and require a company that specializes in that type of shipping. They have experienced drivers and are cognizant of the permits and regulations governing each type of load.

Trailer Type

There are multiple types of trailers available, ranging from step decks and drop decks to double drop trailers. Each is designed for specific purposes. The more specialized the trailer need, the more expensive the heavy haul rate. You can decrease the rate of your heavy haul, depending on the trailer needed, by breaking down the cargo so it doesn’t exceed certain specifications.

Time of Year

Heavy haulers are in high demand, but more so at certain times of the year. It’s a good idea to schedule your heavy haul as early as possible to ensure the type of trailer you need is available and you may obtain a better rate. It all comes down to supply and demand.

Little Known Needs

There are a number of factors that go into the cost of heavy hauling that you probably would never consider. Every load must be secured to prevent damage to the cargo and safety of the journey. That means cables to secure it and some loads require a tarp. There are also mandatory insurance costs.

If the driver must do the unloading, additional fees may apply. There will be a fee per mile traveled and toll road fees, depending upon the route. Each state has permits that will need to be acquired and the cost of fuel. If you’re shipping across borders into another country, count on tariffs.

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Paperwork for Crossing Borders

Heavy haulers are subject to a variety of rules and regulations that require special permits and a flurry of paperwork. However, drivers that will be crossing borders from one country to another can expect the amount of paperwork to transition into a full-fledged snowstorm. A single missed step will result in extra costs and major delays.

Customs

To cross a border, special documents will be required. In most instances, a bill of lading will suffice, but it will depend on the shipment. A bill of lading should provide a description of the load that includes the weight, type of commodity and piece count when applicable. A commercial invoice will also be needed that indicates the value of the cargo and it must be in the denomination of the destination country.

MC Number

Before heavy haulers can move shipments from the U.S. to Canada, they must apply for a U.S. Dept of Transportation (DOT) MC number. It has to be renewed each year if the carrier is to be classified as active within the Federal Motor Safety Administration. Flatbed companies must have a Standard Carrier Alpha Code and drivers in the U.S. are required to comply with the Automated Commercial Environment electronic manifest program.

Customs Brokers

A customs broker will make crossing borders much easier. They’ll be responsible for declaring the goods being shipped and for paying tariffs and taxes. They can also be instrumental in arranging sales, handling other costs, and obtaining custom clearances.

Self-Propelled Vehicles

A self-propelled vehicle of any type requires additional documentation and many pieces of equipment that will be transported by heavy haulers will fit that description. That can include cargo encompassing classic cars and agricultural harvesters to excavators and mining equipment.

If the items are crossing from the U.S. into Canada, an EPA form will be required in addition to the other documents. It will need to show the year and make of the engine to ensure it complies with emissions regulations. If the cargo is going from the U.S. to Canada, it will have to undergo an investigation that traces the ownership to verify that the title is free and clear.

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What is Considered an Oversized Load

Many truck drivers want to break into the field of heavy hauling for the money they can earn without fully understanding what it entails or the risks involved. An oversized load will typically involve heavy equipment, but there are a great number of other types of cargo that requires the specialized services provided by drivers experienced in oversized loads.

Loads that exceed ordinary dimensions will require one and possibly two escort vehicles. Drivers will need to learn how to work in tandem with the escort drivers to maintain safety for what they’re hauling and other drivers on the road. In addition to state requirements on height, width and length, there are federal standards that apply.

Special permits, signage and warning light requirements may be in force, along with permitted hours of operation. Because regulations vary from state to state, it’s essential that drivers know the rules of any state they’ll be driving through. There may also be specialized requirements governing how cargo is secured. Anything over 46,000 pounds is considered an oversized load.

Width

In the U.S., loads exceeding 8.6 feet in width are considered an oversized load. Any load that exceeds 12 feet in width will usually require one or two escort vehicles to safely transport the cargo. A shipment greater than 16 feet in width is considered a super load and can require road closures and other special accommodations.

Height

In most states, height limits to qualify as an oversize load are 13.5 to 14.5 feet. Drivers have to be very careful and have a route preplanned to avoid lodging their load under an overpass. There are still a large number of overpasses that aren’t even 13 ft. in height.

Length

Any length that exceeds 48-53 feet falls under the heading of an oversize load. However, there are 25 states that allow trailers of up to 53 feet without a permit. Some states measure the overall length, while others measure from kingpin to rear axle.

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Transporting Big Construction Equipment

Heavy haulers transport an extensive list of construction equipment that includes bulldozers, road graders and cranes to excavators, articulated trucks, agricultural harvesters and forwarders used in logging. However, perhaps the most common shipment requests are for equipment used in the construction industry. The key word is prudence every step of the way.

Break It Down

Whenever possible, try to reduce the height of the cargo. It can make the load come under the category of an ordinary haul rather than an oversized load. It will save on permit costs, the need for escort vehicles, and reduces the potential of running afoul of low hanging overpasses. There’s a good chance drivers will need special permits and rules vary by state. The smaller the profile of the equipment, the easier it will be to haul.

Weight and Size Matters

It’s best if drivers can keep the load down to 40,000 pounds or less. It will prevent the shipment from becoming an oversized load that comes with extra permits, regulations and costs. The same is true of the cargo’s length. A length of 48-53 feet qualifies as a wide load and requirements vary among states.

Securing Loads

Perhaps the most important thing a driver will do is secure the load to prevent shifting and moving during the journey. It minimizes the potential for dangerous situations on the road. Properly securing construction equipment is the best way to ensure it isn’t damaged during transport and is a major contributor to the safety of the driver and other motorists.

Make sure the equipment is clean before it goes on the trailer if at all possible. Drain fluids to prevent leakage, zip tie the doors and compartments that may be subject to wind or bumps, and wrap or otherwise protect breakables.

Inspection Time

Before embarking on any job, drivers need to inspect the truck and trailer to ensure both are in optimal working order. Inspect tie-downs and tarps before leaving and at any stopping points along the way.

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