Five Fast Facts for Over-Sized Freight

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WHAT IS CONSIDERED OVER-SIZED FREIGHT?

A shipment that is over-sized/overweight is one that exceeds the following legal limitations:

  • Width: 8.6 feet

  • Height: 13.6 feet

  • Length: 48 to 53 feet

  • Gross Weight: 80,000 pounds

The federal government requires that each state set their own regulations which you can find here, but, generally, the specifications listed above are the classifications.

WHAT ARE TRAVEL ESCORTS & WILL I NEED THEM?

A travel escort’s job is to communicate with the drivers about any accidents, traffic, construction zones, and anything else that may require extra care while driving. Travel escorts also let the public know of an over-sized truckload in the vicinity.

Shipments more than 12 feet wide require travel escorts.

WHAT TRAVEL LIMITATIONS WILL THERE BE?

In many states, over-sized loads must follow a strict schedule. Over-sized freight may only be hauled from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Carriers must also Only drive Monday through Friday as many states limit or won’t allow any driving over the weekends or holidays.

Moving over-sized freight gets even stricter: Drivers will need permits for each state they travel through as well as the exact routes to be taken. Weather may also require for specific permits to be required.

It’s important to choose a carrier that understands the process and variables associated with over-sized freight, and a carrier that plans for all the challenges that may arise on the road with over-sized shipments.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION YOU NEED FOR OVER-SIZED FREIGHT

Moving over-sized shipments requires the vehicle to obtain special signage and/or have specific accommodations. It’s the law! Some of these include:

  • Travel Escorts. As previously mentioned, these may need to accompany these over-sized loads. Sometimes it’ll be required to have more than one.

  • Flags. Orange or red fluorescent flags will need to be placed at the corners of the vehicle.

  • Over-sized Load Banners. We’ve all seen these before. The yellow banner on the front and back of the vehicle that says, “Over-sized Load”.


WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?

There are a number of challenges that can occur with over-sized shipments, but with fitzmark’s expertise and dedication, you can rest easy that your freight will be handled with care and arrive safely. FitzMark enlists only the best over-sized carriers to haul our customers’ freight, so Contact us today for an over-sized quote.


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