Oversize load bucket truck escort services help transport oversize and overweight loads, whether going just down the road or across state lines. The expertise of a high load specialist ensures a safe, smooth and snag-free ride. While definitions of an oversize load can vary by state, there are some general dimension and weight requirements that determine if a load is oversize. Check out these guidelines to better understand what classifies as an oversize and/or overweight load.
On average, an over-width load is anything above 8.5 feet in width. This means it will require a permit to travel and restrictions will need to be adhered to based on the county and state being traveled through. For narrower roads, over-width may start at anything over 8 feet. That’s why it’s important to know the dimensions of your load as well as the travel restrictions and permit requirements associated with its overall size.
Maximum gross weight should be 80,000 lbs. or less when a truck pulls into a weigh station. This total weight includes the weight of the freight, truck, driver, equipment on board and amount of fuel in the tank added together. Quite often if cargo is oversize, it will be overweight too causing it to go over the maximum gross weight. Weight limits will vary by state and capability of travel will depend on the number of axles a truck has in order to support the load. The number of axles is a factor that plays a part in any overweight permit that may be required for loads that exceed the maximum gross weight.
Again, length restrictions will vary based on state. In some situations, oversize loads are allowed to hang over by up to 4 feet on a 48-foot trailer, while no overhang is allowed for a 53-foot trailer. This makes having an experienced high load specialist on-hand to coordinate all the logistics for an oversize load so valuable. They are familiar with all the roads, different municipalities and where to go for permit applications.
When it comes to height, on average, anything that exceeds 12 feet up to 14 feet (again this will vary by location traveled through) is considered oversize. Once a load exceeds 16 feet it is considered a superload and may require road closures and extra escort support from state or local law enforcement to travel alongside the superload. This is in addition to the oversize load bucket truck escort that will lead the way.
Besides planning an approved route for the high load, the mere size of the freight alone will need the support of an oversize bucket truck escort to help the truck driver navigate through roads. Bucket truck operators stay in constant contact with the freight driver and police escorts to alert them of any obstacles that may impede travel and troubleshoot any unforeseen changes that may arise.
If you have a high load in need of an experienced bucket truck escort crew, contact us! We’re ready to lead the way for your next oversize haul.