Does your machine transportation constitute a wide load? While specifications may differ state-to-state, a wide load is generally any shipment requiring a trailer greater than 2.59 meters wide. Here are some key points to consider when dealing with a wide load, also known as an oversized load.
Know the Legal Limits
The legal load limit for each trailer type is fairly consistent state-to-state. Freight generally cannot exceed a width of 8.5-feet. Maximum length is 48 to 53-feet depending on the state. Always check your state regulations AND the regulation of any states included in the travel route.
Determine the Weight Limit
Maximum weight is usually 46,000-pounds. However, freight may still exceed the limit even if it’s below that weight. Weight restriction also applies on a per axle basis. You may have to adjust the load to redistribute weight and eliminate the need for a special permit.
Study the Route and Schedule
In some states, wide loads can only be on the road during certain hours. The time of permitted operation is usually 30-minutes before sunrise and 30-minutes after sunset between Monday and Friday. With that in mind, plan your shipment to work around weekends and holidays.
You should also study the route’s general traffic activity during the hours of your shipment. Delays are not uncommon and are all the more reason to plan ahead.
Know the Requirements for Special Markings
Wide loads also require reflective flags or lights to increase visibility and alert other drivers of their presence. If escort vehicles are required, they may also require flags or other markings.
Our Carriers Accommodate Wide Loads
Contact Machine Transport for a quote if you have an oversized load. Most of the carriers we work with have the flatbeds necessary for accommodating loads beyond the normal limit. Wide load transports require more logistics planning, and that is where we come in.
Logistics for Wide Load Shipments
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