Illinois Oversize Permits: Top Tips for Successful and Stress-Free Haul

Oversize transport can be a massive headache. Finding a reliable hauler and knowing that your items will get safely where they need to go is a huge responsibility, but Osage Specialized Transport is here to offer our expertise and help you get the most out of your hauling experience. A stress-free haul is possible, and with years of experience, our experts understand oversize hauling, especially concerning the pipeline industry. The following tips will help you get the best results with the least amount of worry along the way.


Massive Freight Can Mean Massive Problems

When you’re hauling a big load, when things go wrong, they can go really wrong. Oversize loads go beyond the normal legal load limits; thus, the dimensions of these items are quite overbearing and should be handled by qualified drivers. To stay safe, special care must be given to large loads, and there are extra requirements that you must follow. Each state has slightly different qualifications, and the Illinois Administrative Code dictates the parameters that must be followed on Illinois roads. Permits are given, considering various safety concerns that large loads have. The good news is that there are many ways to stay safe and efficient with oversized loads.


Keep a Positive Attitude

When you are hauling items, it helps to keep a positive attitude. Remember that a positive attitude doesn’t mean you have to be naïve. You want to be ready in case bad things happen because it’s always good to keep clear expectations, but there’s no need to become Chicken Little. When problems arise, you want to have a clear head and remember that it isn’t the end of the world. When you have backup plans, you can manage problems without feeling doomed to fail.


Remind yourself that you can deal with whatever happens. In life, things rarely go perfectly to plan, but if you’re prepared for bad outcomes that could happen, you’ll always know how to go forward as effectively as possible. Ultimately, you’ll improve your hauling experience by preparing yourself logistically and mentally.


Always Know the Size of Your Freight

Hauling requires calculations. You must know the exact dimensions of whatever you are hauling, and there’s no getting around that. If you don’t know this information, you may not have the permit you need to move your items safely and legally.


While it may not seem like a couple of inches will make a profound difference, these differences are much more meaningful when moving oversized items. You can end up paying more and having to redraft contracts if you don’t have accurate dimensions. Thus, having exact dimensions will save you a lot of hassle and make what arrangements you need for hauling clear from the start.


Prepare to Load

Moving your items isn’t the only challenge. Loading oversize hauls will be a lot of work, which seems obvious but can be overlooked if you’re overly focused on arranging the transport itself. Too often, people forget details that seem obvious and cause more work for themselves!


If you have big items, you must pre-determine how to best load your items. You’ll likely need to arrange equipment to help you load your equipment, and you’ll also have to consider the equipment you’ll need to unload items. Before you arrange transport, you’ll want to have these preparations ready, or else you can get yourself in a jam that causes more stress than you can handle!


Know Any Additional Requirements

Having a permit doesn’t mean that you can just move items freely. There are still other considerations you must consider when moving oversize loads. Permits often come with more requirements that you must follow. For example, you may have to install rotating lights or flags. Read up on any additional requirements that will be required for your load. IDOT offers information to help companies and individuals stay compliant. Reading up will help you better prepare for challenges and know what you’re up against while hauling your items. This information can seem daunting initially, but it won’t be too overwhelming as you let it sink in.


Trust the Carrier

It’s tempting to micromanage carriers and to try to closely control hauling. However, if you choose a carrier, you must trust them to do their job and not become overly fixated on how they do it. When you find a trusted professional, they are experts in their field and will be sure to follow all the required permits and requirements. You don’t have to worry when you hire a carrier because the carrier will take on much of the burden. Create strong lines of communication with your carrier, and ask any questions you may have before you start the transporting process. Any worthwhile carrier will happily answer your questions and be transparent about their policies and practices.


Osage Specialized Transport is Here for You

You want the best when transporting expensive and important equipment and items. We’re here to help you with all your transportation needs for oversize loads. Osage Specialized Transport is a trucking brokerage that has been in the business since 1995. With decades of experience, we help clients move their products, goods, and equipment in the easiest, most efficient manner. As one of the top agents in the Midwest reason, we’re a trusted and skilled company.


Reach out to us today to get started on your transportation needs. With a specialty in the pipeline industry, we’ve practiced experts in heavy hauling services. Our company has evolved over time, but throughout our history, we’ve been determined to work for both customers and drivers alike because both parties are essential to our business, and having strong relationships has gotten us far. When you contact us, we’ll be happy to give you an estimate and a better idea of what to expect throughout the hauling process. Let’s get moving!