Our electric terminal tractors can handle a wide range of trailers, but transporting flatbed loads over the road involves a different set of issues. In an effort to reduce risk to both drivers and products, states have instituted a number of regulations for oversized and wide loads that must be followed.
Guidelines for Transporting Oversized and Wide Loads
1. Know the Legal Limits
Here are the standard limits in the United States:
– Maximum height and width is 8’6″ each way
– Maximum length is 48′ to 53′
– Maximum weight is 46,000 pounds
Anything beyond these measurements is considered an oversized or wide load. Dimensions may vary slightly from state to state, so perform due diligence for any state through which your trucks pass.
2. Understand How Measurements Are Calculated
Weight restrictions are determined per-axle. While a load may not exceed total weight limits, it may go beyond per-axle limits, so rearranging the load can remove it from the oversized category.
3. Use Travel Escorts and Special Markings as Necessary
Shipments wider than 12′ often require travel escorts, sometimes referred to as pilot vehicles. Red flags and amber lights are required for the tractor or trailer to improve visibility, and these markings are also necessary for the travel escorts.
4. Factor Oversized Travel Rules into Your Schedule
Most states enforce specific hours of travel for oversized loads. Drivers also require permits for each state that outline the exact route to be traveled.
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