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Wide-load Transport and Requirements for Pilot Vehicles

pilot-vehicle A route for an oversized load must be thoroughly researched and planned for in order to meet escort and pilot car requirement.

Do I Need an Escort Vehicle?

If you have load that meets the criteria as an oversized transport, the next consideration is whether or not it will require escort vehicles for some or all of the route. And, as with all other rules of heavy load transportation, each state has it’s one set of pilot car requirements. Within each state these same rules and regulations for escort vary by season, changing road conditions, time restrictions, and other variables. This adds complexity to establishing whether a part of the entire transportation route requires escort vehicle.

Here a few state specific pilot car requirements:

  • Most states do not require an escort for loads equal to or less than 10 feet wide; however, a few states requires escorts for all oversize loads,
  • The number of escort vehicles required may be determined by the absolute measurements of the wide load and/or the type of materials being transported.
  • Depending on the type of road being traveled, escorts vehicles may be required in the front and back of the wide-load, or only in the back.
  • Within a state, escort requirements may change moving from a multi-lane highway to a two-lane.
  • Some states requires escorts for all oversized loads if transporting during the night, regardless of the general pilot cars requirements.
  • Crossing from a state with no escort requirements for a particular load, into a state with escort requirements for the same load, required escort vehicles to meet the oversized load at the state line.
  • Extra-wide loads, as defined by each state, may require an escort by law enforcement.

The point here is that even a short route within a single state may require changes in escort requirements for an over-dimensional haul. A route for an oversized load must be thoroughly researched and planned for in order to meet escort and pilot car requirement.

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23 January 2023

1. TEXAS

Most common transported items are products derived from petroleum and coal, electronics, chemicals, machinery, transportation equipment, and agriculture.

2. california

Most common transported items are airplane components, electric cars, rough diamonds, telecommunications equipment, almonds, petroleum liquids, and integrated circuits.

3. Georgia

Most common transported items are automobiles, ores, slag, construction equipment, iron and steel.

4. Illinois

Most common transported items are light petroleum oils, large vehicles, medicines, telecommunications equipment, mobile phones, airplane components, and grain.

5. Ohio

Most common transported items are airplane components, soybeans, mid-sized cars, big cars, motor vehicle parts, engines, and small cars.

6. Pennsylvania

Most common transported items are coal, pharmaceuticals, liquid propane, aviation components, motorbikes, and palladium.

7. Indiana

Most common transported items are various automotive gearboxes, gas-powered trucks, aviation components, big vehicles, construction equipment, and diesel engines.

8. Tennessee

Most common transported items are whiskey, as well as medical, surgical, dental, and veterinary tools, big automobiles, aviation parts, mid-sized automobiles, cotton, orthopedic devices, and portable computers.

9. North Carolina

Most common transported items are airplane parts, pharmaceuticals, wood pulp, bombs and mines, and diesel engines.

10. Missouri

Most common transported items are gasoline-powered vehicles, aviation components, soybeans, pharmaceuticals, lead ores, refined copper, and pig chops (frozen)..

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09 January 2023

Anything larger than 8.6 feet in width, taller than 13.6 feet in height, longer than 53 feet, or that exceeds 80,000 pounds of gross weight is generally considered a heavy load. Heavy haul transport includes heavy equipment, wide loads, and oversized freight.

“Anything larger” certainly opens the door for some pretty incredible hauls at times! Here’s a few of the most notable heavy hauls in history...

4,800 ton water desalination unit

Heaviest “heavy haul” ever recorded:  4,800 ton water desalination unit. The tractor-trailer truck used for this had 172 axles!

power station transformer weighing 640 tons

The largest item ever “heavy hauled” on the roads of Britain:  power station transformer weighing 640 tons. It was moved at 4 miles per hour which, of course, led to several traffic snarls.

muon g-2 electromagnet storage ring

High-tech transit: The muon g-2 electromagnet storage ring had to be transported in one piece and could not be tilted more than a few degrees without causing irreparable damage to the complex wiring.

Space shuttle Endeavor

Space shuttle moved:  When it was retired, Endeavor was moved 12 miles to the California Science Center. It took up six lanes of traffic and drew a crowd of onlookers.

Big even for Texas:  Over a span of 25 days, the Texas Department of Transportation moved an 850 ton turbine engine. They had to create a custom rig to haul it which spanned the length of a football field.

Heat Transfer Reactor Experiment reactors

Tubular tower: Two Heat Transfer Reactor Experiment (HTRE) reactors were hauled to a visitor centre at the Idaho National Laboratory in 1988, where they remain today.

prototype Saturn V rocket

Getting a boost: A prototype Saturn V rocket was moved from the manufacturing engineering laboratory to a new stand at Nasa’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in March 1965.

fuselage of US Airways flight 1549

Hero’s story on display: The fuselage of US Airways flight 1549 that pilot Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger miraculously landed on the Hudson River was towed to the Carolinas Aviation Museum in Charlotte, NC.

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28 December 2022

Sometimes you will see flatbeds and stepdecks using heavy duty tarps. This keeps the commodity protected from rain, snow, wind, road debris, and sometimes even thieves.

The most common commodities that are regularly tarped are lumber and steel. Due to how common that is, the tarp types are named after them but not restricted to use on them.

Lumber Tarps

These are used to protect lumber and any other commodity suited for its size and features. They are generally 24’ x 27’ and two will cover a 48’ trailer stacked 8’ high.

They have curtain that covers the front of the load. The second tarp can be turned around so that the curtain covers the back of the load.

Because these tarps can weigh over 100 lbs, anything larger would be too heavy to handle. This is why you use them in pairs.

Steel Tarps

Generally 16’ x 24’ steel tarps can be used on all kinds of commodities other than steel. They are basically designed for loads that don’t take up much volume so there’s less tarp material.

Smoke Tarps and Other Tarp Sizes

If a smaller tarp is needed to protect the load from dust, smoke and soot, these 10’ x 12’ tarps can be put over the front of the load. It can also be used to replace the flap of a lumber tarp.

Custom sizes can also be made to suit your needs.

Call Scott for reliable heavy haul shipping in all 50 states!
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12 December 2022

During certain times of year (September through May) many states have “chain laws” in effect. This means that when you pass through these states while the chain laws are in effect, you must have chains on your tires.

You can be sure these laws are in effect when snow is covering the road especially on roads with ascending grades. But so as not to guess, drivers are notified via 511 traveler information, electronic message signs and other media outlets.

States That Have Chain Laws

Each of these states have different laws so follow the link to their respective DOT website for specific information

Call Scott for reliable heavy haul shipping in all 50 states!
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28 November 2022

Because winter presents road hazards like no other time of the year, heavy haul trucking companies must be extra skillful in providing safe and effective hauling. It is crucial that you consider and understand these hazards when hiring any heavy haul trucking company.

1. Extreme Cold

This is, by far, the greatest hazard to heavy haul trucking in the winter. Choose a heavy haul trucking company that has temperature control for the goods they are hauling. At the very least, make sure their trucks are heavily insulated so as to protect your goods from freezing temperatures.

2. Bad Weather That Affects Driving Conditions

If a heavy haul trucker is driving in or through areas where the winter months include snow and ice, you can be sure they will run into bad weather somewhere along the way. Though they are professionals, even the best of drivers can have problems driving in hazardous conditions. If you still need to risk shipping in the winter, it will probably take longer.

3. Holiday Traffic Issues

During the holiday months of November and December, the roads are often packed with people shopping and traveling to see friends and family. This means that heavy haul truckers may run into traffic jams and other unforseen complications caused by too many people on the road.

Prepare for Potential Problems

Heavy haul trucking in the winter can be done, but it requires that potential problems are prepared for in advance. It also requires using the right heavy haul trucking company! Call us anytime at Scotts. We are happy to discuss your concerns. Rest assured, we take all precautions possible to protect your wide load.

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