Transporting oversized loads by truck can be a complex procedure that experts must handle – that’s why we offer specialized transport and machinery moving services. These jobs require highly skilled and knowledgeable people who understand the technical and logistical details.
What Is Considered A Wide Load?
A wide load, also known as an oversized load, goes beyond the maximum legal width, height, or length defined by the province or state. In Canada, a wide load is considered if:
- The load’s height exceeds 13’6”
- The load’s width exceeds 8’6”
- The load’s length exceeds 48′
- The load’s weight exceeds 80,000 pounds
These types of loads will need special permits, safety equipment and travel times to travel.
Tips For Planning A Trip With A Wide Load
Understand the permits
It is important to know the legal and permits requirements of states and provinces if you will need an oversize load permit. Always check the rules and regulations of travelling to ensure all permits and requirements are being met.
Find out if your load is oversized
Weight restrictions are apple per axle. For instance, the shipment may not exceed the total weight limit, but it could exceed the per-axle limit. The width is generally the standard measurement that moves shipments into the oversize category.
Understand meaning and requirements for unique markings
Depending on the size of the load, you may need to place flags, lights on the trailer or truck or have a sign that reads wide load across the front and back of the vehicle. This helps ensure visibility to other traffic on the road.
Depending on the size, you may need one or two pilot vehicles to convoy with the truck. Pilot vehicles are also known as travel escorts. They help to alert oncoming traffic for the presence of an oversized vehicle and forewarn the truck driver about construction, accidents, low wires, and other hazards on the road.
Plan your schedule
Check with the location you are travelling to ensure there are no travel restrictions. For instance, some roads only allow oversized loads with escorts on the road 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset or prohibit driving on holidays or weekends.
Tip: Before hitting the road, gather all the required permits for each province or state with the exact travel routes specified.
Transporting oversized loads can be a challenge, but it can be done efficiently with the right team and equipment. Practicing the tips above can help you make sure every shipment is legal and safe to transport.