4 Useful Ideas for Beginners When Moving Oversized Loads

Posted on: 13 April 2018

Oversized load transportation is a complicated machinery transport business because of the many regulations that apply as you move from one territory or state to another. Some transport contractors opt to save a buck by doing it themselves while others engage specialists who will offer advice and expertise. The bottom line is that you need to get all affairs in order before moving large loads. This article provides some useful tips to new transportation companies dealing in oversized loads.

Federal and State Regulations -- There are several laws and regulations related to transporting oversized loads on highways. Such requirements might vary from one state to another, and thus, your company must know them in order to be on the right side of the law. Federal regulations applicable to the movement of oversized loads should be adhered to. For example, some states may impose restrictions on a truck's minimum safe following distance and night travel. You might also need some permits to access specific sections of a highway.

Securing Loads -- Properly securing cargo is important so that a load will not be dislodged or fall off a truck while in transit. Sometimes, drivers are advised to stop and make periodic checks of cargo to ensure that it is still secured, especially after ascending or descending a hilly section of a road. Choose the right tow straps such as chains that meet the relevant Australian standards. Consult a specialist or tow strap manufacturer to determine the right fit for your cargo.

Signage -- The signage you install on your truck will vary from state to state because of different requirements such as size, number and colour. Oversized signs and vehicle safety flags are essential tools when moving oversized cargo. The signs help avert potential accidents by notifying other road users of any hazards. In most cases, the extremities of cargo are marked with fluorescent red or orange safety flags. Also, oversized load signs should be placed on the rear and front a truck.

Traffic Escort Vehicle -- Most territories and states require escort vehicles when transporting massive loads. Since oversized lorries vary in shape and size and move slower compared to other cars, there is the need for an escort vehicle to alert other motorists about the presence of the massive truck. In essence, an escort vehicle enhances road safety. The pilot vehicle is mounted with a warning sign that bears the wording 'Oversized Load Ahead'. Moreover, a hauling truck must have warning lights attached to the upper level for visibility by all road users.