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Important dates for heavy haul, oversize and pilot car drivers.

Important 2018 dates for heavy haul, oversize truck and pilot car drivers.

2018 -While many oversize and heavy haul shipments are restricted from travel due to travel times, weather and other restrictions it is important to keep up with holidays and other important events. Many holidays and some events will have travel restrictions for oversize and heavy haul shipments so it is very important for truck drivers as well as pilot cars to be aware of these dates. Below is a list of the important dates for 2018. You may wish to print this page for future reference.

Important dates for heavy haul truck drivers and pilot car companies.

Know holiday dates so you are in full compliance with travel restrictions in the state you are traveling in.

2018 New Year’s day, Monday, January 1.
2018 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 15.
2018 Groundhog Day, Friday, February 2.
2018 Valentine’s Day, Wednesday, February 14.
2018 Presidents’ Day Monday, February 19.
2018 Ash Wednesday, Wednesday, February 14.
2018 Daylight savings time begins, Sunday, March 11.
2018 St. Patrick’s day, Saturday, March 17.
2018 Palm Sunday, Sunday, March 20.
2018 Good Friday, Friday, March 30.
2018 Easter Sunday, Sunday, April 1.
2018 Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13.
2018 Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 19.
2018 Victoria day (Canada), Monday, July 2.
2018 Independence Day, Wednesday, July 4.
2018 Rosh Hashanah, Sunday October 9.
2018 Patriot day, Tuesday, September 11.
2018 Yom Kippur, Tuesday October 11.
2018 Columbus Day, Monday, October 8.
2018 Thanksgiving day, Monday, October 8.
2018 National Boss Day, Tuesday, October 16.
2018 Halloween, Wednesday, October 31.
2018 Daylight savings time ends, Sunday, November 4.
2018 Election day, Tuesday, November 6.
2018 Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11.
2018 Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 22.
2018 Christmas day Tuesday, December 25.
2018 New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31.

If you are a heavy haul truck driver or a oversize load truck driver as well as a pilot car or escort vehicle operator take note of these important 2018 dates. They may effect your travel times.

Multi state permits, regional permits. NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO & WASHTO regions.

All USA regions are overseen by AASTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)

Multi state permits, regional permits. 2018 NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO & WASHTO regions.

(formerly: NASHTO, SASHTO, MVCSHTO & WASHTO)

USA MULTI-STATE PERMITS AND REGIONS.

USA MULTI-STATE PERMITS AND REGIONS FOR NASHTO, SASHTO, MVCSHTO AND WASHTO.

Have you ever wondered about multi state permits or regional permits? What is AASTO, NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO or WASHTO? How can I learn from this information to help me? If you are involved in oversize or heavy haul trucking and travel through multiple states this is good information to learn about. It can save you time and money when obtaining over-dimensional and heavy haul trucking permits.

As you can see from the map of the United States certain states have created a type of partnership which has been divided up into regions. It is important to know that all of the regions together are overseen by “AASTO” which is an acronym for: American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

Region 1 or “NASTO” consists of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont and Rhode Island.
Region 2 or “SASHTO” consist of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.
Region 3 or “MAASTO” consist of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
Region 4 or “WASHTO” consists of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

Region 1 – NASTO (Northearstern Association of Highway Transportation Officials)
It should be noted that while NASTO has been divided as a “region” not all states have completely agreed to be fully implemented into the NASHTO agreement. So, here is what you have to work woth for the time being: for non-divisible overweight, oversize and over dimensional shipments within the New England Transportation Consortium (NETC) including Maine Massachusetts New Hampshire Rhode Island and Vermont, multi-state permits may be obtained for shipments and loads that are within these size and weight limits.
Maximum weights: 108,000 pounds on five actual units. 120,000 pounds on six or more actual units. You should know that special axle weight and axle spacing requirements of the NETC (read or download) must meet their specific configurations.
Maximum height: 13’6″ or less is the maximum height allowed.
Maximum width: 14’0″ or less is the maximum width allowed.
Maximum length: 90’0″ is the maximum linked allowed.
Note: If You are transporting a modular or mobile home there is a provision that may allow you to have an additional overhang of 6 inches maximum for roofing or window eaves. If the shipment you wish to transport is greater than any of the above limitations you will be required to obtain your oversize or heavy haul permits from each individual state.

Region 2 – SASHTO (Southeastern Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
This particular region is fairly straightforward and will issue multi-state permits provided the shipment does not exceed any of the following maximum limitations.
Maximum weights: The overall GVW must not exceed 120,000 pounds. No more than 12,000 pounds on the steer actual or 20,000 pounds on any single axle or 40,000 pounds on any tandem axles. For axle groupings of three or more the limit is 60,000 pounds. If you have questions you can call 804-786-2787 for more information. If the shipment that you wish to transport exceeds any of these limitations then you will need to contact each state individually to apply for your oversize or heavy haul trucking permits.
Maximum height: The maximum over all height allowed is 13’6″.
Maximum width: The maximum with is 14’0″ overall and must not have any overhang.
Maximum length: The maximum length is 100’0″ which includes all combinations as well as overhang. No distance of over than 51’0″ of axle spacing from outer axles.
Note: As long as you do not exceed any of the following maximums the SASHTO region is fairly easy to obtain multi-state oversize and heavy haul trucking permits from. As noted above you can direct any questions you may have about the SASHTO region by calling 804-786-2787.

Region 3 – MAASTO (Mid America Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials)
We’re having difficulties obtaining the exact maximums for these states at the time of publish. We will update this as soon as we get good information from this association.

Region 4 WASHTO (Western Association of State Highway Transportation Officials)
The WASHTO region operates seamlessly for the most part for regional permitting and multi-state permitting of over size and heavy haul loads. As long as you are within the maximum limits as well as restriction below you will have no problem in obtaining your multi-state or regional heavy haul or over dimensional load permit.
Maximum weight: The maximum overall weight allowed is 600 pounds per inch of tire width or 21,500 pounds per single axle. 43,000 pounds per tandem axles and 53,000 pounds per triedem axle configurations with a wheelbase that is no less than 8 feet but no more than 13 feet. 160,000 pounds gross weight maximum.
Maximum height: The maximum overall height allowed is 14 feet.
Maximum width: The maximum overall width allowed is 14 feet. Projection from either side of the trailer in the state of Arizona is limited to a maximum of 3 feet on either side of the actual trailer. Except for loads that are less than 12 inches thick above the bed of the trailer. These are limited to 2 feet of maximum projection on either side of the trailer.
Maximum length: The maximum overall length allowed is 100 feet.
Notes: This is where it gets a little tricky as not all states can agree on everything such as overhang: maximum amount is 3 feet in the front and or 20 feet in the rear except for Arizona and Nevada and Utah which state if you are over 10 feet of overhang in the rear you must travel during daylight hours only. If you are in Arizona you can only travel on Monday through Friday during daylight hours. You should also know once you have filed for a permit you will not be eligible for a refund, credit or any kind of substitution. There is no movement allowed when road hazards exist such as ice, snow or frost or if the visibility is less than 500 feet. However the state of Washington allows for 1000 feet of visibility and the state of Texas allows for 2/10 of a mile visibility due to snow, fog, smoke or other conditions. If the shipment wit is in excess of 8’6″ or the overall linked is over 80 foot, except Arizona and Texas where the restriction applies to all movement under permit and Idaho where the carrier makes the determination. However, enforcement may restrict travel. As far as speed limits permitted loads may move at the posted speed limits except for in the state of New Mexico you are limited to a maximum of 55 mph. In Montana you are permitted to drive 65 mph during the day and night on the interstate and 60 mph (if posted) on non-interstate roads during daylight hours,  however 55 mph maximum on non interstate roads during night time travel.

Washington D.C. Shipping Regulations

2018 Washington D.C. Shipping Regulations.
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Trucking weight limitations.

Single axle: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Tandem axles: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Triple axles: 31,000 lbs. per axle.
Quad axles: 313,000 lbs. per axle.
Maximum weights are considered on a case by case basis. They will determine if you are eligible (considering proposed routing) at the time you apply for your permit. No single axle will be permitted to exceed 31,000 lbs.

Truck length limitations:

If you propose to move any shipment with a length that is in excess of 56 feet, you may be required to travel during night time hours only. Again, this is considered on a case by case basis. Any load that exceeds 80′ (feet) will be required to have a front (lead) pilot car (escort vehicle).

Truck width limitations:

Maximum width for legal travel is 8′ 6″. Anything in excess of 8’6″ (inches) in width will be decided on a case by case basis (considering proposed routing). Shipments that are in excess of 12′ (feet) in width will be required to have a lead pilot car vehicle.

Truck height limitations:

Truck height limitations are determined by the overhead clearance of any obstructions that may exists (or are proposed; temp, construction, etc) in the routing proposition you propose. Planning a route that gives you a minimum of a 6″ (inch) clearance is suggested. Any shipment that is in excess of 13′ 6″ (feet/inches) will be required to have a pilot car (escort vehicle) equipped with a height pole

Truck overhang limitations:

If overhang is in excess of 10′ (feet) from the rear of the trailer you will be required to have a lead vehicle as well as a chase.

Truck signs and flag requirements:

Shipments that are in excess of 8′ 6″ (feet/inches) are required to have “wideload” signs affixed to the front and rear of the truck and trailer. No flags are “required”. There are no sign size/letter specifications in the Washington D.C. laws but note they should be professionally printed signs.

Notes:

If you are in a situation where you have excess (extreme) widths and/or heights you will more than likely be required to travel during night time hours.

Pilot car (escort) vehicle requirements (PiloTrac):

No particular type of vehicle is specified in Washington D.C. laws. However, we do suggest a minimum wheel base of 72 inches. Pilot cars (escort vehicles) will be required to have a amber flashing (rotating) light mounted on the very top of the vehicle. We would suggest pilot cars have the minimum requirements by other states such as: slow/stop paddle, professional wide, oversize, long load signs, company name, address and phone on the side of vehicle, flares, safety vest, CB radio and a height pole if the shipment you intend on escorting is in excess of 13′ 11″.

Travel times and restrictions:

Travel is permitted 24 hours a day unless you are in the extreme excess as noted above in height, width and length. Shipments that are wideloads or overheight or over length may be restricted to travel between 10 pm and 5 am. If so you will not be permitted to travel from 7am til 9:30 am and 4 pm til 6:30 pm. During extreme weather conditions travel may be restricted. Weekend travel is allowed as well as weekends. The Washington D.C. permitting office will be closed on the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King Day, Lincoln’s Birthday, Washington’s Birthday, Goof Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day.

 

Washington District of Columbia Department of Traffic
2nd floor, Potomac Bldg.
614 H Street, NW
Washington, DC  20001

Office hours: 9 am to 3 pm EDT
Phone: 202-442-4670
Website: http://www.EEOT.EC.gov

 

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Preparation for eating healthy on the road.

Preparation for eating healthy on the road.

Part 2.

Preparing for healthy eating on the road.

It’s Mr. Miles here sending out warm wishes and safe travels again!

The last time we chat (see; part 1.) we talked about eating healthy foods and what that can do to your overall well being – both mental and physical. It’s important to always have an idea of what you’re putting in your body and what that can mean. No one wants to feel sluggish and lack energy when getting a  load down the byways and highways. Let’s talk about preparing for healthy eating on the road as it will take some effort but with a little bit of effort can become routine. Now that you’re aware of some of the health implications of “quick food” there are almost endless and countless healthy options and alternatives to consume when you’re away from home. So, let’s slip this rig into overdrive and start breaking down how you can cook up tasty treats and chow down in no time!!!

Storing food and preparing meals is a lot easier than it sounds when you’re away from home. Since your ride is essentially your home for long stretches of time, you have to treat it that way.  Of course a mini-fridge is a big bonus but if you don’t have one, get a good camper cooler that runs on 12 volts – there super efficient which means easy on your battery and alternator. Plus, it’ll pay for itself quicker than you may think if you’re not seeking ice every day. Even without a fridge, you can still whip up some mean dishes that pack plenty of punch. Where the real fun starts in “Flavor Town” is with creativity and low energy consumption. Ever consider how much heat your engine produces? More on that later but heck, blenders are even a possibility. Who doesn’t want a fresh strawberry smoothie to start your day?

Health food for professional drivers.

Non GMO is always a plus! Professional drivers need a healthy, very well balanced and nutritious diet when on the road. Productivity, awareness, decision making and energy all play a role.

 

Smart storage of your smart food.

Where do you store your food? That all depends on your rig space, but there’s room – trust me. That’s the beauty of storage containers. They take up little to no space and are as convenient as they come. On the floor, in your seat, or in trunk or sleeper bunk there are always spots to secure your food. Cereal, pasta, breads and canned goods can all be at your disposal with the help of containers.

Now of course perishable foods need to be kept cold, but proper storage of your food and ingredients can be simple and very effective. The freezer Ziploc bags are my very first choice when it comes to ensuring my food is stored safe and well preserved. You can call me cheap but I’ve even washed these out and re-used them before. Costco has great deals on them (as low as .03 per bag). The Betty Crocker storage containers sold at Dollar Tree  are second on my list and are cheap. They’re also great for storing grapes, watermelon, blueberries, pineapple – basically any kind of fruit or vegetable can maintain its flavor and freshness is these modern marvels of creation. With just two items you’re on your seriously on your way to many a side dish or main course. Plus you’ve got storage. Just like Emeril says: Bam!!!! Don’t forget to go easy on the salt and try your best to make sure those veggies non-GMO. Many genetically modified foods are missing important components of complex vitamins, can cause allergies and all kinds of disorders – possibly even cancer!!! Also, to keep your mind and body in tip-top shape, stay away from gluten. It’s best avoided and can turn your stomach and insides into a carnival ride you don’t want to be on! The bumpy road has enough potholes and danger areas. Don’t make your gut an up-and-down roller coaster

Aluminum foil is another weapon that can turn a boring Monday into creations that would even have 5-star chefs doing a double take. Seriously. The uses are endless with this master invention. Don’t have a portable burner or stove? No problem. Throw some potatoes, carrots and onions, to go along with seasonings and your choice of lean beef, pork or chicken, wrap it in foil and place it on your manifold. Look who’s got engine stew in no time!!!

While mentioning “master inventions” I found this photo on the web. Now these folks have the right idea:

flatbed trailer next to mobile home

These folks aren’t going to let anything get in their way when it comes to a nice home cooked meal and enjoying it. Even with snow on the ground!

Planning is preparing. Preparing is planning. Make your meals in advance if you have the time. This saves you money and time. I’m not proposing you don’t go and check out that roadside diner once in awhile but the less you do the more your body will be thankful and your wallet will like your decision to keep the pedal to the metal. The $8.99 tenderloin with a side of greasy fries can find another home in someone else’s stomach. You’ll feel better and even look better by eating right. It’s like anything else; you get out what you put in.

Healthy gluten free pasta with fruit and veggies.

Gluten free pasta is pretty darn delicious and very easy on your digestive system. Give your body the food items it deserves. You might just find it’s even cheaper to eat healthy in the long run.

Last but not least. We gotta keep everything clean. The last thing you need is to be barreling down the road
So keep your gas tank full, your eyes on the road and keep pounding that pavement. You’re a driving machine and you know how to recharge your batteries and the proper fuel you need to keep your engine running as smoothly as possible. Just remember – everything in moderation.

Stay tuned for tons of recipes I have waiting on the back burner that are gonna blow your socks off that won’t blow your budget. They’re easy as pie to make and you’ll be a Master Chef in no time. Now Mel over at the diner might miss some business from you, but old Flo can kiss somebody else’s grits!!!

Happy Trucking. Have something you’d like to add or ask? Feel free to jump in online and comment at the bottom of any of my posts and have your voice heard. NO taxes, NO surcharges and NO fees! If I can’t get you up and running properly I’m certain our readers can.

Keep’n it real and keep’n’ it high and wide!

Mr. Miles for
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Professional drivers can go long and far with healthy foods.

Part 1.

Professional drivers can go long and far, especially on a healthy diet.

Allow me to introduce myself. They call me Mr. Miles. If I may, I’d like to formerly educate you on something that has come a long way in the last 10 years but has seemed to elude the professional driving industry; the topic of driver nutrition. Now before anybody drops this, turns their keys and hits the road running, they need to understand just how important the fuel we put in our bodies truly is. Just like the truck you’re keeping between the lines, our bodies are also high-tech machines that need key ingredients for optimum performance. When we the don’t get these ingredients in the proper ratio things start breaking down.

A breakdown could be just around next the corner if steps aren’t taken to change what we consume behind the wheel. We’re gonna break this down into 3 parts for you The first one just as important as any of the other:

1. AWARENESS

Be aware of the foods that you put in your body

So while your favorite roadside diner probably hooks up a mean plate of biscuits and gravy with fried taters, you can bet 10 to 1 the ingredients they’re using aren’t anywhere near the top of the shelf as profit is the name of the game. These days pretty much everything has wheat in it from flours to breads and about anything that comes in any kind of packaging. The wheat industry is subsidized by the Federal government and every year we grow more than we need. So what do we do with it? – use it as a filler, in everything, including makeup. I bet you didn’t know that the word gluten is a Greek word that means “glue.” My guess was glutton, but the key here is I don’t know anybody that wants to go down that sticky road especially since it leads to LGS or Leaky Gut Syndrome which is known to effect your throat, joints, colon, skin, thyroid, adrenals, mouth and sinus. Kind of sounds like a truck driver. Do I have your attentions now? See for yourself:

Anyway, whether or not you consume it, wheat inflames your intestines. The ancient Greeks knew this and that is why they used “ancient grains” to make everyday breads instead of wheat. Breads made out of wheat we’re used only on special occasions once or twice a year.

So back to our own bodies, essentially what we’re doing is being jolted around the roads and highways with already inflamed intestines which isn’t good for the rest as our neurons are created in our stomachs and nobody wants leaky stomach which is gut sharp and alert. No one wants that feeling of brain drain when that meal you just ate sits like a rock in your stomach. How do drivers out on the road accomplish this goal? It’s a lot easier than it sounds.

How the stoach works and leaky guy syndrome.

Our bodies need fruits and vegetables – non GMO to boot, so our stomach can create the proper neurons that go to your brain and affect the decisions you make. The more and better neurons you have, the better decisions you make.

Always have healthy snack on hand in your rig. It’s a lot easier to munch on those goodies than pulling over. Like my uncle always said – the less time opening the cab door means more money for me. Now that doesn’t mean don’t pull over and rest. And that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge once in awhile and knock down those greasy tenderloins or take that hot beef sandwich to “pound town.” This is about getting into healthy habits. Everyone out there has their go-to staples. Limit those if you can. You’ll feel a lot better. Acid reflux and heartburn are not friends of mine, nor should they be yours.
Processed carbs and refined sugars are out my brothers and sisters. Keep these to a strict minimum. The alternatives are endless – protein bars or shakes, yogurt, cottage cheese, mixed nuts, beef jerky, veggies, fruits and probably most important – water. It’s a lifeline and keeps you chugging along. Ditch the soda and energy drinks – there full of empty calories and won’t sustain you over the long haul.

Now’s here’s the part I don’t like to discuss, but it is reality and the hard truth. Not changing to a healthy routine of eating the right things can lead to a whole host of problems. They’re not pretty. Stroke, cancer, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea are just some of the maladies that you’ll have to deal with if a diet isn’t modified to make your body work more smoothly. Don’t drive on the wrong side of the road. There are warning signs. The good part is a lot of problems associated with what food you put in your body can be reversed. The human body is an amazing instrument, but how you treat it and what you put in it is of the utmost importance.

Also, try to eat four or five small meals a day. There are all kinds of salads and wraps out there to fill the void in your stomach. If you like seafood, salmon is easy to store and eat as well. Pot roast with carrots and potatoes is also a champion choice on my winning Roadmaster squad. There’s only healthy all-star truckers on my roster!! We’re winners and we feel good about what we’re doing.

So the next time you hit up your grocery store, make a list. Shop with your head and your heart. Sometimes your stomach wants to pull the trigger on that Hungry-Man frozen TV dinner. JUST SAY NO!!! Keep your game plan real and stick to the outer aisles – the more you hit the center of the store, the more you will be inundated with junk food in packages.

Stay dialed in for more recipes from the Doctor Miles in the coming weeks that are fresh, ready and easy to prepare!!! I’ll also touch on items and appliances that will blow your mind on what you’ll be able to cook and prepare in your cab. We’ll also talk about ways to keep your body moving with exercise routines that take no time at all. You’ll feel better and I know I will knowing that my road hounds are gettin’ ‘er done!!!

Keep’n it real and keepin’ it wide!
Doctor Miles for
WideloadShipping.com

Read; part 2.

All PiloTrac free for WideloadShipping users

All PiloTrac free for WideloadShipping users
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WideloadShipping users get to search PiloTrac free. We’re going to need more pilot car companies.

You’ve got to admit this year’s been very good to us all with freight volumes up over 40% from this time last year.

Which reminds me we have a iPhone app that can be found in the iTunes store FREE and for you android users you can get a FREE copy in the Google Play store. Simply download the app, enter your username and password and you’re good to go! Remember not to hook up multiple devices on a single account though as it will detect it and freeze your account. 1 phone, 1 tablet and 1 home PC (on a single IP address and we collect all device MAC address (https://www.google.com/search?q=mac+address) ) in order to maintain some sort of order. So if you upgrade your phone/tablet/PC and it will not work just give us a call and we can investigate it for you. Also, keep your same account when you first signed up(write it down somewhere). The days of multiple free trials are over forever. We had our server software upgraded too. Also hint: We have some super cool phone apps coming later this summer. We’re truly changing portions of our industry. Forever.

We’ve been getting a lot more flatbed and power only requests which is another reason to use your portable device; see it, book it, haul it and get paid. Plus we recently added a new “truck posting” feature for you + you get free advertising and in the event of an emergency it’s always good to know where all of the BIG BOYS are. We’ll be adding refined search features to the loadboard app this summer as well so look for that new feature very soon.

WideloadShipping.com (http://wideloadshipping.com) has made owner operators and trucking companies literally hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of the last 14+ years, taking millions of hits each month and this isn’t a snake oil sales jingle. If you’re not busy right now then you’re looking in the wrong places and need a proven affordable hook up. We’re only $40 a month or pay yearly and save even more. We also now have the Direct Customer archives section so you can send a friendly email introducing your company and the services you provide directly too the customer if you like that particular weight/route. Remember our primary objective is to connect the owner operator direct with the shipper and 14+ years of a good solid repeat customer base is telling us we’re getting it done!

Free PiloTrac for carriers.

This guy is looking like he really likes his job. Sometimes waiting for pilot cars to show up is a drag. That’s why we created PiloTrac.

Quick notes:
* Whenever you click on PilotCars (http://pilotrac.com) anywhere on the website or in the phone app it takes you straight to PiloTrac (http://pilotrac.com) . PiloTrac (http://pilotrac.com) is a map full of pins listing the home bases in red and (LIVE) available pilot cars looking to get home in blue. You can click on the “available dates” calendar to see who is going to be where on any certain date. You don’t have to sign up and it’s FREE for carriers. It’s where all that action goes down – so use it! (http://pilotrac.com)

* All summer long we will be updating all of the state/province rules and regulations. If you know something we don’t or want an added feature simply comment at the bottom of that page (all regulations pages have comment boxes) and not only will we see it, we’ll reply (another good free advertising tactic as long as it’s good clean non-repetitive text.
* It’s about that time of the year to check on your listing in our directory (http://wideloadshipping.com/directories/heavy-haul-trucking-companies/) if you happen to have one. Two things have happened you need to be aware of: 1.) Google now suggests 900 words minimum (with keywords used from 7-9% contained in the body of the text) in order to be considered for top placement. But, we’ll promise you this; if you take the time to do it you will place better than you EVER have before in the search engines and that is a promise (top 10 organic). I’m not sure you’re aware of this but a web SEO company would charge you a minimum of $1,000 a month for this. But, if you need help – it’s not a problem at all. We have the best SEO guy on the planet which is why we place so well. Just send us a friendly email and we’ll help you move past whatever the trouble it is you may be having.
* Google (http://google.com) very much likes pictures now that it has tineeye (https://www.tineye.com/) technology and can read all of the camera coding (EXIF data) and knows what the image is of. Not only that but the listings rotate by “last” edited not random or alphabetical. For some reason (maybe because we’ve had it up so long) our directory takes millions of hits each year. It works well we know – if it didn’t nobody would renew their listings. Most of the companies in it are repeat customers. If you’re not listed in it GET IN IT AND FIND OUT WHY! YOU CAN’T MAKE MORE MONEY IF YOU CAN’T BE FOUND!
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Last but certainly not least. SAVE YOUR MONEY! These last few years have been tough at times so instead of buying that new flashy car or new fancy guitar or whatever it is. Wait a little while. Let’s see if this economy is going to keep booming and making us all bank! If so great and if not you’re prepared,

The absolute best,

WideloadShipping.com

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14+ years of success and they keep coming back? Snake oil? Not a chance with all these free tools!

You’ve got to admit this year’s been very good to us all with freight volumes up over 40% from this time last year.

Which reminds me we have a iPhone app that can be found in the iTunes store FREE and for you android users you can get a FREE copy in the Google Play store. Simply download, enter your username and password and you’re good to go! Remember not to hook up multiple devices on a single account though as it will detect it and freeze your account. 1 phone, 1 tablet and 1 home PC (on a single IP address and we collect all device MAC address) in order to maintain some sort of order. So if you upgrade your phone/tablet/PC and it will not work just give us a call and we can investigate it for you. Also, keep your same account when you first signed up(write it down somewhere). The days of multiple free trials are over forever. We had our server software upgraded too. Hint: We have some super cool phone apps coming later this summer. We’re truly changing portions of our industry. Forever.

 

We’ve been getting a lot more flatbed and power only requests which is another reason to use your portable device as we recently added a new “truck posting” feature for you + you get free advertising and in the event of an emergency it’s always good to know where all of the BIG rigs are. We’ll be adding refined search features to the loadboard app this summer as well so look for that new feature very soon.

 

WideloadShipping.com has made owner operators and trucking companies hundreds of millions of dollars over the course of the last 14+ years, taking millions of hits each month and this isn’t a snake oil sales jingle. If you’re not busy right now then you’re looking in the wrong places. We’re only $40 a month or pay yearly and save even more. We also now have the Direct Customer archives section so you can send a friendly email introducing your company and the services you provide if you like that particular weight/route. Remember our primary objective is to connect the owner operator direct with the shipper and 14+ years is telling us we’re getting it done!

 

Quick notes:

  • Whenever you click on PilotCars anywhere on the website or phone app it takes you straight to PiloTrac. PiloTrac is a map full of pins listing the home bases in red and (LIVE) available pilot cars looking to get home in blue. You can click on the “available dates” calendar to see who is where on any certain date. You don’t have to sign up and it’s FREE for carriers. It’s where all that action is – so use it!
  • All summer long we will be updating all of the state/province rules and regulations. If you know something we don’t or want an added feature simply comment at the bottom of that page (all regulations pages) and not only will we see it, we’ll reply (another good free advertising tactic as long as it’s good clean non-repetitive text.
  • It’s about that time of the year to check on your listing in our directory if you happen to have one. Two reasons; 1.) Google now suggests 900 words minimum (with keywords used from 7-9% contained in the text.
  • Google very much likes pictures now that it has tineeye technology and can read all of the camera coding (EXIF data) and knows what the image is of. Not only that but the listings rotate by “last” edited not random or alphabetical. For some reason (maybe because we’ve had it up so long) our directory takes millions of hits each year. It works well we know – if it didn’t nobody would renew their listings. Most of the companies in it are repeat customers. If you’re not listed in it GET IN IT AND FIND OUT WHY! YOU CAN’T MAKE MORE MONEY IF YOU CAN’T BE FOUND!

 

Last but certainly not least. SAVE YOUR MONEY! These last few years have been tough at times so instead of buying that new flashy car or new fancy guitar or whatever it is. Wait a little while. Let’s see if this economy is going to keep booming and making us all bank!  If so great and if not you’re prepared,

 

The absolute best,

 

WideloadShipping.com

Equipment drivers future outlook

WideloadShipping.com logo

Another season begins slowly with volumes down but this latest economic boost (growth of 1.2% in the first quarter!)

tells us the future looks bright for the shipping industry. Signs of increasing consumer confidence are evident as we are starting to see sales of boats, swimming pools, machinery and auction equipment.

If you’re not already using the Wideload Shipping phone app you will want to. It works on both iPhone and Android phones and is available in the itunes and Google play store; simply search “Wideload Shipping” and click install.

If you wish to search by state, try searching with the state/province name abbreviation or fully spelled out in your search. This will show all loads/customers shipping to/from this state/province. Be sure to leave us feedback!

Remember PiloTrac.com (http://pilotrac.com) is just a click away anywhere on the site and in the phone app.

Clicking on any of the links to pilot cars will take you to a live map with live pins in it. Simply click the pin for contact information.

Driver nutrition. This is a serious topic. Drivers need balanced nutrition and healthy choices to stay “heart smart” and alert on the road. Truck stops and Road-side diners think more about their profit margins than being consumer conscientious.
We’ll be reporting much more on this topic throughout the summer to help drivers live longer, healthier lives… stay tuned!

Quick reminders:
* Check rig brakes, air and all fluids.
* Inspect all signs, flags and brackets/holders.
* Check all lights, turn signals and strobes.
* Inspect safety equipment flares and extinguishers.
* Check radio equipment, electronics, etc.
* Make sure driver safety vest, jobsite hard hat’s in good shape, fits your driver and is in the cab handy.

If your drivers do not have TWIC cards, get them. There’s no reason you should miss out on work over something so trivial. Need a TWIC card? Need TWIC cards? (https://www.tsa.gov/for-industry/twic) .

We expect a solid season with driver safety at the top of the list and driver nutrition to follow. Please consider these issues as they promote a healthy, sustainable and profitable company.

Let’s have a great season!

 

WideloadShipping.com

State Department websites

State Department Websites:

Alabama

Trucking Season Starts

Let’s get the trucking season started.

As you are aware the weather is finally starting to clear up in the Northern states. Frost laws will again be completely lifted and we will move towards being in full swing again for another season. With consumer confidence comes more spending which in turn brings on more production which means you will all be busy and possibly even exceed your capabilities. Each year at this time we send out this reminder followed by reports on industry volumes, customer behavior and other news that is important to any company in the oversize and heavy haul trucking industry. Some of them you may like and others may bore you but for the benefit of your business we do suggest you read them all as more information is better than not enough. We will do our best to keep our communications brief and to the point.

Heavy haul loads.

Here are some key reminders for this time of the year:

• Fully inspect your truck/escort/pilot vehicle, tires, lights, gauges, etc to ensure everything is working in tip top shape.
• Be sure to inspect all of your radios and safety equipment making certain all signal flares and fire extinguishers are up to date.
• Drivers should prepare themselves mentally too. Remember first to protect the motorists, not the load. The load is insured. Things like erratic driving or hand signaling will only confuse a motorist and possibly provoke road rage creating potential for an accident. If a motorists does ever get in between a pilot car and the load whoever see’s it first needs to make everyone else aware, especially the driver of the truck. More than likely he will decide to slow the truck down and that problem will quickly resolve itself pretty quick.
• Driver nutrition. We be writing more about driver nutrition as the season continues but remember you’re whole outfit isn’t much without you. That means you have to take good care of yourself and truck stops and roadside diners aren’t notorious for being too concerned about much more than taste – some even lacking that!

Pilot car truck in lead position.

Finally, while being on the newsletter list is free we must charge a small fee to be in our different directories (heavy haul, oversize trucking companies and pilot car companies) that is as low as $4.16 a month. If you are in it, get your listing spruced up. Add more information about your company and the exact services you provide, upload new/additional photos. Each year we send a huge percentage of our million plus per month visitors to our heavy haul and oversize shippers directory as well as PiloTrac. Customers who wish to use this option can easily locate you as well as trucking company fleet managers, dispatchers, owner operators, etc can easily locate pilot cars via PiloTrac. No matter what service our viewers are looking for it’s much easier to locate a service provider by clicking on a map than it is trying to mine web data by doing search engine searches and sifting through the millions of results.  We’ve been doing this online since 2003 so have a pretty decent idea of what we’re doing.

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