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.
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.
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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