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Pilot cars oh pilot cars

Pilot cars oh pilot cars

Pilot Cars

Are you looking for a pilot car company?

If you are in need of a pilot car company to escort your oversize shipment we’ve created the PiloTrac system to assist you in doing just that. Not only will it show you where pilot car companies are located but it will show you where they have pilot cars located live in real time. Pilot car companies simply post their existing available locations and they show up on our live map. It’s very easy to use and only takes a few click. If you would like to locate pilot cars in North America you can see how easy it is below:

Pilot Cars

Our system makes it easy and efficient for both pilot cars and users. Simply choose the pin that is closest to where you need service and give them a call. It’s that easy!

Our history with pilot cars has evolved.

Over the years the needs of pilot cars and trucking companies has evolved. The amount of effort spent locating the right pilot car company takes a lot less. Thanks to technology oversize trucking company dispatchers, owner operators, etc. aren’t required to “data mine” and call all over the place trying to locate a company that is the closest to their shipment. With PiloTrac it’s simple; instead of a pilot car company directory that shows you where the company is based out of we’ve designed a system that allows the pilot car drivers to post their actual locations. Not only where they are today, but where they’ll be in 10 days from now. This way shippers can locate them based on where they are at and not where they are based out of. Have a look for yourself. Below is a picture that is typical of what you will find when searching for a escort for your oversize load:

Locating pilot cars and escorts.

Here we have a excellent example of what it took to locate pilot cars in the past.

North America, Alaska, Canada and Mexico

Alabama pilot cars:
Birmingham, Alabama
Huntsville, AL
Mobile, AL
Montgomery, AL

Alaska pilot cars
:
Anchorage, Alaska
Fairbanks, AK
Juneau, AK

Arizona pilot cars:
Flagstaff, AZ
Kingman, AZ
Phoenix, Arizona
Tempe, AZ
Tucson, AZ
Yuma, AZ

Arkansas pilot cars:
Fayetteville, AR
Hot Springs, AR
Little Rock, Arkansas
Pine Bluff, AR

California pilot cars:
Bakersfield, CA
Beverly Hills, CA
Fresno, CA
Los Angeles, California
Mendocino, CA
Malibu, CA
Oakland, CA
Palm Springs, CA
Redding, CA
Sacramento, CA
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California

Colorado Springs, CO
Denver, Colorado
Greeley, CO
Steamboat, CO
Vail, CO

Hartford Connecticut, CT
Middletown, CT
New Haven, Connecticut
Newport, CT

Washington, D.C.

Dover, DE
New Castle, DE
Wilmington, Delaware

Fort Myers, FL
Jacksonville, Florida
Miami Florida, FL
Orlando Florida, FL
Pensacola, FL
Tallahassee, FL
Tampa , FL

Americus, GA
Atlanta Georgia, GA
Columbus, GA
Macon, GA
Savannah, GA

Boise Idaho, ID
Nampa, ID
Lewiston, Idaho
Pocatello, Idaho

Chicago, Illinois
Marion, IL
Springfield, IL

Fort Wayne, IN
Gary, Indiana
Indianapolis, IN

Cedar Rapids, IA
Des Moines, Iowa
Dubuque, IA
Ottumwa, IA
Sioux City, IA

Kansas City, Kansas
Leavenworth, KS
Topeka, KS
Wichita, Kansas

Lexington, KY
Louisville, Kentucky

Billings, MT
Great Falls, Montana
Helena, MT
Missoula, MT

Lincoln, NE
Omaha, NE

Fernley, NV
Las Vegas, Nevada
Reno, NV

Manchester New, NH
Portsmouth, NH

Atlantic City, NJ
Avon, NJ
Clinton, New Jersey
Franklin Lakes, NJ
Jersey City, New Jersey
Newark Airport, NJ
Elizabeth, New Jersey

Albuquerque, NM
Clovis, NM
Las Cruces, NM
Roswell, New Mexico

Albany, NY
Buffalo, New York
Long Island, NY
New York City, NY
Quoge, NY
Rochester, NY
Southampton, NY

Charlotte, North Carolina
Fayetteville, NC
Greensboro, NC
Raleigh, NC

Bismarck, North Dakota
Fargo, ND
Grand Forks, ND
Minot, ND

Portland, Oregon
Salem, OR
Eugene, OR
Medford, OR
Bend, OR

Baton Rouge, LA
Marien, LA
New Orleans, LA
Oakdale, LA
Shreveport, LA

Bangor, ME
Mars Hill, ME
Portland, Maine

Baltimore, Maryland
Bethesda, MD
Salisbury, MD

Boston, MA
Braintree, MA
New Bedford, MA
Quincy, MA
Springfield, Massachusetts
Worcester, MA

Ann Harbor, MI
Detroit, Michigan
Grand Rapids, MI
Pontiac, MI
Saginaw, MI
Traverse City, MI

Duluth, MN
Minneapolis, Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
Rochester, MN
St. Cloud, MN

Biloxi, MS
Hattiesburg, MS
Jackson, Mississippi
Tupelo, MS

Columbia, MO
Kansas City, MO
Springfield, MO
St. Louis, Missouri

Philadelphia, PA
Bedford, PA
Pittsburgh, PA

Dallas, Texas
Austin, Texas
Houston, TX
San Antonio, TX

WideloadShipping.com carriers can most definitely benefit from using the PiloTrac system as it’s free. For more information on that topic see our earlier article.

Unfortunately, we created a “loadboard” within the PiloTrac system however pilot cars were confused by it so we decided to remove it. They expected all of the oversize trucking companies to post their loads rather than “click and call”. More on that release can be found here.

Here a look at our earlier system.

What exactly is a pilot car?

Anytime you hear the word “pilot car” (differs from Honda Pilot) it is referring to a vehicle that either leads (pilots) or follows (chases) oversize or heavy haul shipments. It is acting as a “escort” for trucking companies that are hauling shipments in excess of the legal maximum size or weight determined by the state it is being shipped within. Trucking companies that specialize in oversize and heavy haul freight typically have a very powerful tractor unit combined with a trailer that is usually flatbed oriented in order to accommodate the item being shipped. Typical items are large tanks, airplanes, passenger and cargo jets, wind energy parts, rocket parts, etc.

Drivers of pilot cars are usually certified by a state training class and have knowledge of the roads and bridges they are travelling on in order to ensure the shipment is not blocked by any bridges or utility obstructions however the state usually determines the routing. At times if the state has difficulties with the routing they may require a route survey be completed prior to authorizing the shipment to proceed with movement. In this case the pilot car company will be required to use a height pole and determine the best route for the shipment and submit it to the state for approval which allows for the oversize shipping permit to be approved so the actual transport of the item may proceed.

The pilot cars primary responsibility is to ensure the safety of motorists first and second to protect both public and private property.

Pilot cars need to relax

Pilot cars need to relax!

There’s no doubt about it that the winter time is hard on a pilot car company. This is one reason why pilot car companies need to be wiser with there money when they do have it. Put that money away for the lean season. When winter time and the early spring months come, you’re going to need it!

the slow time of the year

Right now is a very busy time for us. From ad campaigns to developing software and making sure all of our carriers are happy we’re just flat out busy right now. In the midst of this one can’t help but to notice a few things.
As every year the pilot cars have it real tough at this time of the year. It appears that everyone is running (in every direction they can run) and most are unsatisfied with their results with the exception of the true veterans of the industry. We’ve had pilot car companies sign up in the dead of winter this year only to demand a refund within 30 days or so. Our basic service is $4.16 a month! When there’s no freight running there simply isn’t any. This is the equivalency to shooting your company in both feet (at the same time). One thing to consider is we’re not a brokerage supported website nor do we wish to perpetuate the industry in this direction. Our objective is to connect pilot car companies direct with carriers – not people skimming nickels and dimes (per mile) in a unregulated industry. While we don’t support freight brokerage either at least they are required to have a bond and a Federal MC#. Frost laws, the economy and what we refer to as “chaotic theory” all play a factor in determining freight volumes. This year is no different than any other and the official “boom” will happen sometime between the first of May and as late as the end of June just as it does every year.
Prepare for the slow times of the year.
When a pilot car company (or any company for that matter) is stressed out and having a hard time and decides to leave a company as heavily armed as WideloadShipping (online for almost 15 years, top of the search engines, has the trucks doing business on site and takes almost 2 million hits a month during peak months) because they are frustrated during the slowest months of the year they are like any other human being. They are going to think thoughts like “oh, they don’t like me as I quit using them” or “i’m embarrassed because I acted poorly in an email I sent to them” or even worse think they actually got ripped off. Whatever the scenario for $4.16 a month there is no way under the moon and the stars a company can go wrong on a deal like that for more than 20 reasons but here’s a quick 10:
  • You’re getting your name in the marketplace cheaply.
  • Not only that but ask yourself why are the trucking companies here?
  • Our site has so much history it is a trusted site.
  • We place exceptionally well in all related terms so customers can find you.
  • If you have your own website just the link from ours to yours is worth over $300 a yr.
  • Again, as far as popularity you are also connected to your Facebook account.
  • You are linked to your Twitter account.
  • You are linked to your Google account.
  • You are linked to your Google+ account.
  • You are linked to your YouTube account and can show your videos.

This is just a few of the more positive items rambled off real quickly. If we wanted to brag it wouldn’t be very hard. The point is, we offer a very affordable value oriented service and if just one company get’s left behind in all of the years of effort we have put into the heavy haul and oversize trucking industry we are not doing our jobs properly.

As far as pilot car companies are concerned it certainly isn’t where our company get’s it’s bread and butter for sure. Count the pins in the map then just assume each customer has a premium account (which they do not). You will quickly see this is a labor of love and we do it for our carriers, not financial gains as the money just simply isn’t there folks.
If you are one of the companies that has had a hard time with the new pilot car system you can rest assure we are not harboring any feelings towards you and if anything are looking for your presence so we can service our carriers. Send us an email so you can get your account back on track and learn how the system can work for you. Even if you don’t prefer to live post at least get your permanent home base pin is in its proper location and your listing not only looking good but reading well also. Save your money, be smart with your spending and add a few years to your life by relaxing. This slow time too shall end.

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PiloTrac is a live pilot car system and FREE for carriers.

Pilot cars of the future.

PiloTrac

That’s right! PiloTrac saves oversize trucking companies valuable time and money. As you can see on the map above pilot car locations are posted exactly where are right now as well as where they will be in the future. What this does in enables trucking companies to see where they are located when it comes time to them needing one. In the past this wasn’t anywhere close to the efficiency of the PiloTrac system. Trucking companies resulted to a network of pilot car companies that at times would have to send a pilot car from hundreds of miles a way in order to meet the needs of the carrier. This resulted in millions of miles wasted every year due to the lack of communication that the PiloTrac system offers.

To see dates in the future simply click the date on the calendar on the lower right hand side below the map. It’s that easy! Click on any desired pin and their contact information is displayed. Visit PiloTrac now and discover how much easier you company can operate.

 

 

 

PiloTrac system is gold for oversize trucking companies.

The new PiloTrac system is where it’s at!

carriers-need-itIf you’re an OS/OW hauler and you use truck escorts or pilot cars and not using the new PiloTrac system you are certainly missing out on more than just opportunity. The system is live so pilot car companies are able to post their locations live in real time. They can even post their desired directions as well as if they are high pole equipped and more like if the drive has a CDL or a TWIC card or US/CN passport for border crossings. PiloTrac saves you time and is much more efficient than dialing all around to try and locate the company closest to you. Best of all for carriers it’s 100% free.

Click and call or post runs.

Heavy duty trucking companies that wish to take advantage of the PiloTrac system as able to use if for free. If you are only looking for one or two pilot cars then clicking and calling on the pins located on the map is the best way to go. But, if you have a multiple runs for pilot cars simply create a free account and post all of the needs for pilot cars/truck escorts with dates and locations need into the system and it will take care of the rest for you. This is the best no-nonsense and reasonable system for the pilot car industry that we’re aware of which is exactly why we built it. You can create you free account today if you’d like.

There’s no sense in being less efficient.

Your company counts on you to get the permits ordered, get the driver dispatched, product loaded and delivered. There’s no sense in waiting extra time for your pilot car company to show up when their could have been one waiting and ready to roll right down the road. PiloTrac shows you exactly where everyone is located so you take the guess work out of who to hire. Simply click, call and book so you’re not wasting valuable travel time or loosing time due to travel restrictions.

Pilot car operators loadboard

Pilot car operators (loadboard) and more.

Pilot car operators load board.

Photo courtesy of D.J.’s Pilot Service, Cotton Valley, LA

If one we’re to manage and operate a pilot car company why would one promote the use of brokers or a loadboard operated by brokers? Are brokers needed in the truck escort and pilot car industry? Yes, but let’s have a look at the industry as a whole. Before the internet and loadboards the only way a truck driver hauling an oversize or over dimensional load could hire a pilot car (or truck escort) company was to either hit the yellow pages or call down a list of numbers they had collected over the years. During this time pilot car brokerage companies were desperately needed in order to organize the industry and keep things flowing. If you we’re a pilot car company operator or manager your entire existence as a successful company was dependent on someone to give you more runs.

Oversize trucking and the early times.

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Photo courtesy of RockportKY.com

Then the start of the internet came. During this phase of the pilot car and truck escort industry the early days didn’t change much. Every pilot car company on the planet started building websites hoping that someone would call them with lots of work. But guess what? For most companies this didn’t happen. Why? Well the first reason is because the pilot car brokerage industry was already established. Why wade and search through web crap when all you had to do was pick up the phone just like you’ve always done? Whether or not the broker had a loadboard didn’t matter as long as one: the load got covered and two: the pilot car company took the run after the brokerage company took their percentage. One has to realize there’s not a lot of money on the table to begin with. If the run pays $1.25 to the broker and they take only 10%, that only leaves about $1.12 a mile for the pilot car company. Not real lucrative for the pilot car company operators. But we all have to eat. A small hand full of truck escort and pilot car companies did flourish during these start up days as they were internet savvy and could get their pages to show up in the first results of the search engines. However, the pilot car brokerage industry had long before discovered that advertising was everything. So they put way more effort into building their websites to maintain their positions within the industry and guess what? It worked. Still today,  20 years after the internet was born the pilot car and truck escort industry is not fully developed. They’ve got plenty of loadboards for pilot cars but the majority of the runs on them are brokered runs. A huge vast majority of the the work available to pilot car company operators and managers is from loadboards that are run by brokers.

Working with the tools you have.

Pilot car company directory system.

A directory that will suit all pilot cars is her – N0t!

Getting up to speed and catching up with technology. Many companies gave it their best shot at running pilot car directories including us. It was an honest effort but there remained a problem. With a list, no matter how you organize it, shake it up or whatever; randomly, alphabetically, last edited – someone always has to be at the bottom of the list. Not to mention all of those who are in the middle. While this was a good effort to organize the industry it was not the solution. While it did open up the industry exposing more pilot car companies directly to the oversize and over dimensional trucking industry carriers it didn’t fix the problem. It was totally random, unorganized and not energy efficient as you may have just hired a company but in many cases there was also another pilot car company that had an available driver just a few miles down the road. The industry cried for a true loadboard to be built but the technology required to do it was cost prohibitive. So while a website may have called their service a “pilot car load board” service all it really was, was a list of runs primarily posted by brokers. The same old game.

A solution for the pilot car industry is born.

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Live posting and positions that are location based.

Finally, a solution is born. With WideloadShipping.com being smack in the middle of this confusion and carriers demanding some kind of accurate place to quickly locate pilot cars we realized that something had to be done. We needed a solution to keep carriers happy. Not because there’s a basket of money to be made with cranky pilot car companies because there simply isn’t.  The industry is too small and there aren’t enough companies to make significant amounts of money. Not only that many of the pilot car companies running are doing so for cut rates because they are forced to take runs that are brokered (which pay less) because that’s mostly what is readily available to them. We knew that some sort of position based technology was going to be required. Whether it involved some program that tracked cell phones on a map or involved sending a text message to some elaborate system, position based technology would be the only solution. Not only to balance out the ration of pilot cars running direct vs running for a brokerage, but to make the industry run more efficiently with one centralized location for all pilot cars. After spending months of research on the internet and dealing with computer program developers as well as speaking with hundreds of pilot car companies  PiloTrac was finally born. The concept was put on the building table in the summer of 2012 and the actual build started in April of 2013 which eventually cost over $60,000 and was not released until November 23, 2013. It drained us pretty darn good. But, what PiloTrac did for the pilot car industry by enabling a visual geo-location live directory displayed on a map instead of a list was revolutionary. Visitors can see a home base pin for every pilot car and truck escort company in North America displayed on a live Google map. Thus making the industry more efficient by being able to actually see where the company has equipment located in relationship to where you need service. Pilot car and truck escort companies can also post their available locations live as well so oversize trucking company drivers and dispatchers can see where pilot car companies have equipment available today as well as in the future. Yes, into the future. Here’s how it works. Let’s say a pilot car company takes a load to Kansas City that will deliver in 8 days. That pilot car company operator can then post that pilot car as tentavely being in that location on that day so oversize trucking dispatchers can see them and book them for use either ahead of time or on the fly the day they need them. It’s a win-win slam dunk for everyone involved but will take some time to get everyone on the same page so users should be patient and consider it’s only $1 a week to use. It’s connected to the largest network of heavy haul and oversize carriers in the world so little by little everyone will get used to it. We’ve already heard fantastic success stories and are very pleased with the build overall. Mobile phone apps are available for download on iPhone or Androids so companies posting to the map and change/edit/delete their postings as needed from the road on the fly.

Now, to fully address question the idea of brokers being needed in the pilot car industry. Yes they are. At least for now. They’re still essential to the oversize and heavy haul trucking industry. Not every company can have a contact in every place nor can they book themselves every single run they make with PiloTrac. However, the percentage ratio of pilot car runs that are brokered is simply way too high. The industry needs to even itself out with the pilot car companies dealing direct with the majority of the runs that are available –  not just a hand full of brokerage companies as it’s simply not a fair way to handle everyone. Diversity and equality is what makes this great nation so great!

Your comments are welcome below.

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