Moving heavy loads is instrumental in completing construction projects on time. However, there is a thing or two to understand about transporting large items on U.S. roadways. Here is hauling heavy loads: everything you need to know.
Not just anyone or any rig can haul a large load across the US. Both the driver and the rig itself must have the appropriate documentation and permits to transport the cargo. It is important to secure permits from the proper authorities. Depending on the destination and size of the load, this could mean communicating with the state, county, city, or other municipality offices for approval. Usually, permits include dates and hours of the day to travel along with holiday, weekend, or seasonal restrictions.
Department of Transportation Rules and Regulations
There are state and federal hauling regulations that every driver must obey. Map out your course ahead of time both for the sake of your driver and to understand where you will be passing through—this affects which specific rules you must follow. The Department of Transportation, or DOT, oversees the crafting and implementation of these rules. Be sure to research the specific regulations that apply to your haul and do not neglect any of them. Any trouble on the road without proper attention to the rules could result in legal prosecution.
Measurement and Security
When hauling anything, you need to know how large the item is and how it will fit on your trailer. Measure the item in length, width, height, and weight. These measurements will determine the size and axle restrictions of the trailer. If the cargo is oversized, this will involve several other preparatory steps, so it is best to know well in advance. Once you measure and load the items onto the trailer bed, you need to tie it down. Though there is a myriad of safety tips when hauling heavy equipment, a secure tie-down is the easiest way to keep everyone safe. Loose straps or frayed harnesses can result in catastrophic damage both to the trailer and to the surrounding drivers on the road.
Another important aspect of hauling heavy loads is the driving itself. You will want a driver with the correct licensure to operate the vehicle. These assignments should only be given to seasoned operators with the experience necessary to maneuver larger than normal loads through broad highways and narrow streets. Such drivers will be aware of industry standards and understand their own limits. Nothing is more dangerous than a drowsy driver hauling heavy equipment.
Learning everything you need to know about hauling heavy loads can be daunting, but it is important not only for the security of your product in transport, but also for the safety of all drivers and passengers around you. Be prepared now and you will have a safe, timely, and successful haul.