Tips for Heavy Hauling Safety

December 14, 2018

Heavy haul trucking requires a lot of care and planning to make sure the job gets done as safely and efficiently as possible. So what steps do you need to take when using hauling services in Colorado to make sure your load gets from Point A to Point B without anyone getting hurt?

Here are a few tips that will help you ensure the safest trip possible:

  • Plan, plan, plan: Preparing in advance for your trip is crucial to the success and safety of your haul. From planning out the route and the stops you can make to arranging pickup and drop-off, every aspect of the haul should be considered when planning.
  • Use the correct equipment: Not every trailer is capable of handling a heavy load. Different types of trailers are ideal for different types of loads. They also have different physical properties. A flatbed trailer, for example, is ideal for wide loads because it is an open platform with no walls or roof. Other commonly used trailers for heavy load hauling include gooseneck trailers, drop deck trailers, lowboy trailers, and extendable drop deck trailers. Just make sure that whatever type of trailer you use is capable of handling the load you’re hauling.
  • Focus on correct loading: Your load should be secure and evenly distributed on the trailer before the vehicle even starts up. Improper loading is one of the most common causes of truck accidents—an uneven load could make it difficult to keep control of the vehicle and could make it more likely that the vehicle will tip over. You should also make sure the load is within the hauling limitations for the type of trailer you’re using.
  • Get all necessary permits: Any time you’re hauling particularly heavy or oversized loads, you need to get the correct permits. For example, equipment that’s wider than 102 inches will require an oversize trucking permit before you can legally bring it onto any state roads or highways. This is something you should plan for in advance so you don’t create any unnecessary delays in the job.
  • Work with experienced drivers: Only use drivers who have been properly trained for the job and have experience in how to handle oversized loads and operate the type of equipment they’ll be using to transport it.
  • Get familiar with all the regulations governing your shipment: There are a lot of regulatory requirements on the state and federal levels that you must be familiar with. If your load will travel through multiple states, then you must know the state-specific guidelines for each of those states. This is one of the reasons why it’s so important to plan out the route you’ll be taking for your trip in advance. You’ll want to avoid areas that are under construction, have tolls or pose other types of delays. You may also be required to be accompanied by a pilot car in some areas, so be sure to plan for that if needed.

For more information about heavy hauling safety, contact Osage Specialized Transport to discuss our hauling services in Colorado.

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