How to Safely Transport Heavy Machinery to Their Destinations
Transporting heavy machinery from one state to another might look like a simple process to an outsider, and some might even see it as easy. But fleet operators, managers, dealers and shippers know better. Transporting heavy machinery needs scrupulous planning, consideration, and coordination to assure that everything moves effortlessly.
Listed below are 3 tips from the experts on how to safely transport heavy machinery to their destinations.
Pick the correct trailer for transporting your load:
No doubt, a trailer might seem big enough to ship a particular piece of heavy equipment. But that doesn’t mean that it’s the right type. And if it’s not, you might have to face unwanted incidents such as accidents, damages and injuries. It might even lead to untimely wear & tear on your tires or, in worse scenario, bodily damage to the trailer itself. Therefore, a safe heavy machinery transportation job begins with spotting the correct trailer for your shipment. The most common types of trailers employed for transporting heavy machinery include:
- Drop-deck trailers
- Flatbed trailers
- Removable Gooseneck Trailers (RGN)
- Double Drop Deck Trailers
- Expandable Drop-Deck Trailers
- Expandable RGN Trailers
Remember that each trailer has its own specifications & safety ratings. For example, its exact capacity dictates the maximum stress and, thus, the kind of load it manages safely. Therefore, you need to pay attention to your load dimensions in relation to your trailer capacity and safety ratings. Don’t forget to conduct a load inspection before the trailer hits the road.
Properly loading & securing large machinery for safe delivery:
After selecting the correct trailer, now you can get to shipment loading & distribution. Keep in mind that wrong loading is one of the main causes of truck mishaps, cargo damages, and losses either during hauling, loading, or offloading. Make sure that your cargo is well balanced & distributed on the trailer to stop it from tilting which might make it tough for the driver to manage the while hauling the load. Moreover, the cargo should be well secured to prevent it from shifting during the process and as a result falling off the trailers.
Understanding the local regulatory requirement & trucking laws:
Ensure to go through the rules and regulations governing heavy machinery transport of each state your loads will be passing. If you’re hauling oversized goods, it’s critical that you get all the essential permits beforehand to steer clear of last-minute rush and anxiety. It’s also necessary to find out if there’re any other special requirements for your goods, such as pilot cars, escort, or specific transport days and times.
Giving attention to all these requirements will assure you a safe, profitable, and stress-free shipping and delivery operation.