Before you hop in your truck to begin transporting an oversized load, consider the following tips if you are new to or inexperienced with hauling oversized cargo:
Strict Laws Govern the Transport of Oversized Loads
If you carry a load that is wider than eight feet, five inches, the Department of Transportation considers that an oversized load. Weight and height limitations also exist that vary from state to state. You must obtain a permit to transport loads exceeding specific limitations legally. Getting caught transporting oversized loads without a permit may result in hefty fines and other penalties.
Take Time to Plan Your Route
Routes you have used in the past may not be applicable for oversized loads. Check ahead to see if the route you want to use accommodates oversized loads or if routes allow such loads. Construction is also another factor when planning a route.
Drive Defensively and Watch Your Speed
It’s easy to be driving for long periods of time, on a straight stretch of highway, and not realize how fast you are going. While hauling an oversized load on interstates, remember to look down at the speedometer every 10 minutes.
Additionally, maintain adequate distance from vehicles in front and beside you. Driving at night, in hilly areas, on curvy roads, and on secondary/poorly kept roads always demands assuring there is enough room for you to make sudden stops without hitting another vehicle.
Weather Forecast Affecting Your Route
Check the 10-day weather forecast affecting the route you plan to take. You may need to allow yourself more time to safely transport an oversized load or find another route if the forecast calls for severe weather. Weather conditions may also change the way you protect your load from
Don’t haul an oversized load without the proper permit and risk big fines or losing your license. Contact Reliable Permit Solutions today to get the permit you need.