How Oversize Loads Work

Oversize Load Towing Tips
And you thought towing a boat was a pain.
And you thought towing a boat was a pain.
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If you've got oversize load towing on the brain, we've got some oversize load towing tips for you to keep in mind: First of all, aside from the size and pilot-car regulations, all states and cities have different laws for when you're allowed to travel with your oversize load. Most won't let you drive during the morning or evening rush hours, or at night. Some states won't allow travel on Sundays, so keep this in mind when making your moving arrangements. Signage also varies from state-to-state, requiring specific sizes, colors and quantities of signs and flags, depending on your load.

If you plan to have something moved, get the local and state rules and regulations yourself so you know what you're getting into. That way there'll be no surprises when the estimate comes in for what it will cost and how long it will take. You'll be paying for the services of the pilot car company, which include the driver, the car and the fuel. You'll also be paying for the truck, the truck driver and the fuel. The cost of your move will vary according the cost of gas, so if you're flexible, you can save a few bucks by waiting for lower fuel prices.

If you're really into oversize load towing, and you have a good driving record, you might think about starting your own pilot car business. One thing you need to keep in mind -- it means being away from home quite a bit. So if that's not appealing, then it probably isn't the job for you. Since you'll be supplying your own vehicle, there's also the wear and tear on your car or truck to consider. It's also fairly seasonal, with more oversized loads being shipped during warmer months. Each state has its own pilot car guidelines so look into that first if you're considering a career as a pilot driver.

You'll probably need to invest about $1,000 in signage and lights for you car, and then it's up to you to pull in the business. You are your own company, so you will have to do your own marketing and advertising, which will cost a little money. It may take several months to book regular jobs, so plan ahead financially to stay afloat. You'll get paid with invoices, which usually means a waiting period between the time you drive and when the check comes -- another financial consideration. You'll be road weary and away from family and friends quite a bit, but you're your own boss and master of your own destiny, which appeals to the mavericks of the open road -- the pilot car driver.

Now that you know how to tow an oversize load, roll on over to the next page for links to articles on other towing challenges.

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  • "Oversize Loads - Routing High and Wide." 2008.
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