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.
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
- Sharp turns and curves
- Low hanging utility lines
- Road construction
- Dangerous weather conditions
- 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.
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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