4 Proven Wide Load Hauling Tips
Hauling a wide load is something you never get used to; it’s a completely different beast than hauling normal flatbed loads.
Hauling wide loads isn’t an easy task, but with some preparation it’s something you can excel at.
1. Clear, Consistent Communication
2. Proper Permitting & Signs, Especially When Travelling Interstate
Your pilot car company, as well as the company contracting you, should ensure you have the proper permitting for the jurisdictions and states/provinces you’ll be travelling through, but it never hurts to ask questions and double-check. It would be inconvenient if something were amiss in your paperwork.
Your signage and the signage of your pilot car/s should be double-checked as well, to ensure nothing is missing at the beginning of your trip, as well as at every stop . . .
3. Inspect At Every Stop
Speaking of every stop, when hauling a wide load, it’s important to inspect the load, straps and chains, tires, brakes, as well as any fluid levels at every stop, besides checking for damage and signage/light functionality.
Checking these at every stop may save you a costly inspection by state or provincial or national transportation authorities.
4. Drive Defensively
Defensive driving is the key to keeping yourself and others on the road safe with a wide load:
- Plan ahead for the unexpected
- Control your speed
- Be prepared to react to other drivers
- Do not expect the other driver to act predictably
- Respect other users of the roadway
- Be aware of special road and weather conditions
- Be alert and avoid distractions, e.g., cell phone use, eating
Never assume that other drivers are sober, alert, or will follow the rules of the road at all times, and you and others will be much safer.