Let RiteWay Trucking take care of all the headaches of getting your shipment there. Most oversize/overweight shipments generally need special permits and/or pilot cars (escorts) to legally transport the shipment on roadways. Prior to a truck driver loading an oversize/overweight shipment those special permits must be ordered from the Department of Transportation (DOT) in each state or from a permit company.
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Frequently Asked Question
Below you will find some of the most frequently asked questions about freight shipping andhow it all works. Here at Riteway Trucking we pride ourselves in supplying our customers with outstanding customer support, as well as the most reliable freight service available.
How do I know if my product is considered oversize?
If your oversize/overweight shipment is being transported in the United States and over 8 feet 6 inches in width, then it is considered an over-dimensional load; any size over that will be over-dimensional. The wider the product is built could potentially require pilot cars (escorts) to be ordered, and depending on that width, police escorts may be needed as well. In my experience from working with over-dimensional loads, I have learned needing escorts for your oversize shipment is where most of the transportation cost comes into play. However, you will need to refer to your contracted transportation service provider and/or Department of Transportation for inquiries.
Are truck drivers required to travel with markings on an oversize shipment?
Yes! The size of the commodity being transported will determine if the truck driver should have signs and/or lights on their tractor and/or trailer. Typically, drivers are required to use red flags and amber lights so they are visible to others around them. If pilot cars are escorting an oversize shipment then they are required to have flags and/or lights as well. Markings on the truck drivers equipment and/or pilot cars is required by the Department of Transportation of that state in which the load is being transported.
When are escorts required for an oversize shipment?
In the majority of the United States any shipment 12 feet wide or under will not require escorts unless DOT requires them to due to construction, detours, etc. Depending on the state, if your shipment is over 12 feet in width, escorts, will most likely be required. For instance, one state may only require a front or rear escort where other states may require both. The cost for escorts varies from one company to the other and is rated on a per mile basis; however, that rate is transportation cost only and does not include hotels, detention, etc. From what I have seen, most escort or pilot car companies will charge anywhere from $1.30 to $3.25 per mile based upon the situation and number of pilot cars involved.