Making the Most of Cargo Escorts and Pilot Car Services
Use cargo escorts and pilot car services to your advantage
If your company ships or transports wide loads across our nation's highways, you'll need cargo escorts and pilot car services. The general purpose of the service is safety, and states require your business to use them when loads exceed certain width, height or weight limitations. Get your shipment there safely with pilot car services.
Because oversize escort rules and regulations vary from state to state, make sure the company your business hires is familiar with and holds pilot car certification in the state of your route. If the route crosses several states, it might be best to engage national cargo escorts and pilot car services. Making the most of cargo escorts and pilot car services will require you to keep the following in mind:
1. It is your company's responsibility to have the proper transportation escorts permits.
2. There are local and national wide load escort companies.
3. Wide load escort service costs can vary significantly depending on the load and length of trip.
Analyze the regulations for pilot car services that apply
U.S. Department of Transportation. You'll find the regulations that apply, as well as trip planning services. View state regulations at Wideloadshipping.com. It updates the regulations database daily. It also can help manage your company's trucking permits.
Locate an oversize load escort for your tripOccasionally, regular cargo escort services just won't do the job; You'll need oversized or wide load escorts. Your firm will find transportation escort services operating locally and nationally, and logistics will help your company determine which service will work best for your particular oversized cargo needs.
Compare costs for cargo escorts and pilot car servicesThe costs of pilot car services depends on logistics. How many escort cars, how many miles and how "difficult" the route are the main cost factors. If your company's load involves several rigs or extraordinary length, you will need (and be charged for) more than one pilot car. The same applies to longer trips and ones that cross mountains, back road and other obstacles. Work with your provider to estimate costs before you sign the contract.
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