Heavy haul trucking involves transporting larger-than-usual loads. Given the added complexities and challenges that come with oversized loads, extra safety precautions need to be taken. This is precisely why pilot cars, also known as escort vehicles, are used: to ensure a load reaches its destination safely and on-time.
There are usually two pilot cars per oversized load–one ahead of the load and one behind. Pilot cars come equipped with a CB Radio and are often decorated with signs and lights that make them stand out.
Not only does this alert other cars on the road to the presence of an oversized load in the area, but allows the driver of an oversize load to always know what’s ahead and behind on the road. For instance, if there is heavy traffic or lane closures up the road, the driver of an oversized load will know to plan accordingly and avoid a dangerous situation. Similarly, if an emergency vehicle is coming up behind an oversized load, the driver of the load will know not to do anything to interfere with the emergency vehicle or compromise the heavy haul trucking cargo. It’s also important to alert other drivers to the presence of an oversized load, to minimize the chance of an accident caused by another driver’s oblivious behavior.
Pilot cars also travel with maps and other emergency equipment like fire extinguishers and road flares, so that in the case of an emergency, the driver of the oversized load isn’t left alone. Pilot car drivers also help to ensure that the driver of an oversized load doesn’t unknowingly break the speed limit or other traffic law.
State laws regarding pilot cars vary, depending on the nature of the load. While some states only require one pilot car for an oversized vehicle, others require two, and some require special pilot cars if the load is over a certain height. Any good heavy haul trucking company will be able to cater to the needs of a given load, and supply the appropriate pilot vehicles for a client. Pilot vehicles are just one of many safety precautions that LTA Logistics refuses to overlook. If you have an oversized load that you need moved and are looking for a heavy haul trucking company, call LTA Logistics at (888) 502-0582.