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Editor’s Note: Today’s blog is from our friend Faith Munsell of Bizzuka, Inc. Faith helps us with understanding everything we need to know about wide load shipping safety.

Oversized or wide loads demand extra care during transport. Safety precautions and industry regulations not only need to be strictly adhered to but local and state ordinances concerning large loads must also be followed correctly. 

Wide Load Shipping Safety  

When it comes to wide load shipping, safety is crucial. Drivers should follow all applicable regulations and rules. Below are some additional safety tips for wide load shipping. 

  • Use a driver that is experienced. Only experienced, skilled drivers with above average safety records should transport these loads. 
  • Use the right trailer. Do you need a drop deck or standard flatbed? One of the most crucial decisions in over dimension and oversize load transport is choosing the trailer. If you are unsure as to which axle configuration or trailer of using, ask an expert. 
  • Double check all cargo nets, ropes, tie downs, and other load-confining implements before driving. Check once more before getting back on the road after a stop. 
  • Before leaving, inspect your truck. After you’ve secured the right trailer, see to it that all the signals, mechanical and safety systems, and lights are working before you set out. 
  • Stay aware of road conditions. Be sure that you are informed of any upcoming weather changes, accidents, or other factors that could cause you to change the route. If you are expecting snow or rain, slow down by at least 10 miles per hour.  

Regulations and Permits for Wide Load Transportations 

As mentioned above, any wide or oversized load has to be in compliance with industry regulations. Additionally, transport companies will most likely carry their rules and regulations for wide load transportation. Wide and oversize load transporters need to have the necessary permits, as well as use the correct signage and follow any pilot car guidelines. Laws and regulations change from state to state, so it is crucial to have a permit and study the wide load transport laws for each state you plan to travel through. Not doing so could bring on costly delays. 

Shipping wide loads requires a full-on understanding of over dimension and oversize load-handling and should only be handled by professionals. Failure to heed just one safety precaution or making one simple uninformed decision about which equipment you should use can be tragic. If you do not have experience with wide load transportation, reach out to trusted industry experts, like those at H. Brown, for assistance in making sure your haul is safe and successful.