Common hurdles in oversize shipping

Auto transportation requires a lot of logistical planning, and this is especially true for oversize vehicles, such as trailers. Oversized vehicles commonly fall into more than one category of over-dimension, requiring special permits and additional route planning. Here are some common hurdles that must be taken into account beforehand when shipping oversized vehicles.

Over-weight freight

States will require permits to ensure the roads traveled can support the weight of the cargo, and it will also be important to plan in advance in order to steer clear of bridges and overpasses that may struggle to support the extra weight of the cargo.

Over-height freight

In addition to permit requirements, low-hanging obstacles are the biggest problem when transporting over-height freight. Proper planning is necessary to avoid passing under bridges or overpasses that could damage the cargo.

Over-width freight

When transporting over-width cargo, narrow roads are the biggest hindrance, as other vehicles on the road, and even oncoming traffic in the case of two-lane roads, will have difficulty passing the driver, creating traffic issues. Moreover, for anything over 8.6 feet wide, you will need permits through each state (and depending on the state), because they vary. Anything over 11 to 12 in width will need escorts, which will make the cost increase significantly. Once again, planning ahead to avoid these scenarios is essential.

An experienced, professional auto transportation service will have logistics specialists that will be able to accommodate all requirements and needs and will be able to circumvent any of these hurdles to get your vehicle to its destination safe and on time.

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