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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.

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!
http://wideloadshipping.com

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

All free and all good

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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

Going green in trucking.

Going Green –  Green Shipping Practices in the New Green Trucking Industry era.

The over-the-road trucking industry has recently come under scutiny with new regulations to reduce carbon emissions (fat chance anytime soon).  New studies on the effects of climate change over the last decade have prompted authorities to take measures for reducing the carbon footprint in all industries, including the shipping industry. While the new administration has promised to ease back some of this regulation, the trend toward green shipping practices is still a good idea; though the reason is perhaps less to “save the environment” and more to lower operatin Going Green | Green Shipping Practices in the Trucking Industry

These measures start with green shipping practices recommendations for freight carriers and their drivers, to new regulations meant to minimize the impact of trucks on the environment. For example, in 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency issued a new set of fuel economy regulations that should be fully implemented by 2018. These regulations require fleet-wide modifications for many shipping providers.  The performance-based standards grant shipping companies the freedom to combine technologies as they wish to meet the imposed emissions levels. The deadline for full compliance with the new regulations is 2021.

The Road to Green Shipping Practices is Littered with Speedbumps

Right now, trucking is far from the green industry the authorities are hoping for and getting there will not be easy. Every day, thousands of trucks cover countless miles, consume massive amounts of fuel and oil, and pollute the air with CO2. The good news is that technological advances in a variety of areas will make some of these goals more achievable.  Investors have been flocking to the transportation industry to support new innovation.  While the reason for these innovations is not necessarily to make trucking “greener,” the result of some of these ideas will clearly reduce emissions.

Driverless Trucks have grabbed the headlines of late.  OTTO, a driverless truck company recently bought by Uber, has recently made successful maiden voyages on America’s highways.  Daimler and Amazon are not far behind.  These trucks will operate in a driverless mode in the more predictable highway environment while relying on human drivers on urban streets.  The benefits are many: Speed and efficiency of driving styles will be more tightly controlled.  The trucks can optimize for mileage by not driving as fast because they will likely be able to operate many more hours without restrictions of operator time. Expect to regularly see driverless trucks on the road by 2020, just three short years away!

Tech Trends is the Trucking Industry Aid Green Shipping Practices

Real-time tracking is another tech trend that is important for the industry.  A startup named Four Kites is providing a platform for real-time tracking of delivery trucks.  There are obvious benefits to tracking and knowing where all rolling assets and associated freight is at all times.  This more efficient routing of delivery trucks will mean less fuel consumed.  Other emerging big data solutions being implemented by freight carriers strive to fill trucks and minimize deadhead return trips.  This trend will reduce the fuel consumed to move every pound of freight.

The Recent development of engine management systems promises to save even more fuel. IdleSmart manages a tractor’s engine during driver downtime. Instead of idling the engine all night at a truck stop to keep cabin temperature comfortable, Idlesmart manages the engine and its batteries to provide cabin comfort while idling the engine the minimum amount of time, thus saving fuel.

Other innovations are already available today and often provide an attractive payback period in operating cost and reduced emissions.   Aerodynamic panels, wide base tires, low viscosity lubricants, exhaust system upgrades, eco flaps, APUs (auxiliary power units), speed limitations, liquid natural gas powering or electric forklifts, are just some of the changes shipping companies can perform to lower operating costs and their trucks’ impact on the environment.

Though there is plenty of promising technology en route to reduce emissions, there are simple but effective measures shipping companies and their drivers can take today to protect the environment.

Obviously, Fuel and Emissions are the Major Factors

Most drivers can become more efficient by simply focusing on fuel consumption. If drivers reduce the speed by as little as five miles per hour, they can significantly lower their truck’s emissions. Driving slower also decreases the risk for accidents and lowers fuel consumption.  Also by modifying their driving style with fuel efficiency in mind, shifting speeds progressively and taking their time when starting and stopping their trucks, drivers can lower fuel consumption by 5 to 10%.  

Freight carriers can start by keeping their fleet well maintained to optimize efficiency.  More progressive transportation service providers can explore hybrid technology.  Every freight company should require less aggressive practices to lower fuel consumption, improve safety and set the stage for the green movement with their drivers.

But there are speedbumps on the road to attaining 100% Green Shipping practices.  Some environmental regulations add fuel taxes to incentivize lower consumption. Fuel prices and taxes have already risen over the years, and volatility in the world market causes the price to fluctuate. Because of this, companies are seeking more fuel efficient engines, but they have yet to meet performance standards. Biofuels have been rather disappointing in terms of efficiency as well.

Assuming that the problems with fuel-efficient engines and biofuels will be solved, transportation industry leaders warn that equipment modifications to allow the use of biofuel are prohibitively expensive. In fact, everything suggests that aggressive efforts to “go green” bring about increased operating costs, reduce service efficiency, and can cost freight companies profits.  Hopefully, the Trump administration will take a second look at biofuels as they apply to our industry.

Efficiency is KEY

Finally, there is a natural conflict between speed and fuel efficiency.  Asking a driver to slow down to save fuel means that he covers less distance during his shift.  This means slower delivery times, more hours on the road and higher labor costs.  Until there are driverless trucks which can operate 20 hours a day at fuel-efficient speeds, this problem isn’t going away!  Freight companies should make sure their drivers are motivated appropriately and compensation aligns with the company’s “green” goals.

Going Green will be a painful, costly process for the trucking industry.  It is fortunate that many new innovations have the double-benefit of cost savings and emissions reducing.  Look for those to occupy the forefront of the freight industry’s efforts!

Copyright 2017, Knighthouse Publishing. Reprinted with permission

Arizona Truck Scales

Truck scales located in Arizona.

Below is a list of Arizona weigh stations. If you are aware of a scale house or truck scale in the State of Arizona (Arizona DOT website) or have any additional information about one that we have listed please help our other viewers by letting them know about it at the bottom of this page and we will get it posted immediately.

I-40 westbound Port of Entry: (Sanders) I-40 westbound 340.6 Sanders (NM Border).
Sanders: I-40 eastbound 340.5 Sanders (NM Border).
I-10 WB Port of Entry: (San Simon) I-10  westbound 383.4 San Simon (NM Border).
San Simon: I-10 eastbound 383.3 San Simon (NM Border).
Douglas State Port of Entry: Route 80 370.5 Douglas.
Duncan Port of Entry: Route 70 eastbound, westbound 384 Duncan (1.2 miles west of the NM border, 35 miles east of route 191 at the north turn-off).
Ehrenburg Port of Entry: I-10 eastbound 3.5 Ehrenburg (CA Border).
Ehrenorthboundurg Port of Entry: I-10  westbound 3.5 Ehrenorthboundurg (CA Border).
Fredonia Port of Entry: Route 89 alt southbound Fredonia (UT Border).
Kingman Port of Entry: Route 93, 68 southbound, westbound 67 Kingman (Right at the junction of route 93 and route 68).
Lukeville Port of Entry: Route 85 80 Lukeville (Mexico Border).
Naco Port of Entry: Naco (near Bisouthboundee/Mexico Border).
Nogales Port of Entry: I-19 Nogales (Mexico Border).
Page Port of Entry: Route 89 alt southbound 551 Page (UT Border).
Parker Port of Entry: Route 72 eastbound .5 Parker (CA Border).
San Luis Port of Entry: Route 95 1 San Luis (Mexico Border).
Sasabe Port of Entry: Route 286 0 Sasabe.
Springerville Port of Entry: Route 60 westbound on 387, 15 miles west of the NM border on the western side of Springerville.
St. George Port of Entry: I-15 northbound 1 St. George (Utah/Arizona joint POE).
St. George Port of Entry: I-15 southbound 1 St. George (Utah/Arizona joint POE).
Teec Nos Pos Port of Entry: Route 160 465.2 Teec Nos Pos (Four Corners area).
I-40 EB Topoc Port of Entry: I-40 eastbound 4 Topoc (CA border).
Yuma business Port of Entry: Yuma (156 N 4th Ave).
Yuma Port of Entry: I-8 eastbound 1 Yuma (CA border).
Munds Park: I-17 northbound Munds Park (north of Munds Park).
Canoa Rest Area 19: – northbound 11.8 miles north of Nogales.
Yuma: I-8 westbound Yuma.
Topock: I-40 westbound 4 Topoc (CA border).
Seligman: I- 40 eastbound Seligman (west of Flagstaff).
Munds Park: I- 17 southbound Munds Park (north of Munds Park).
Verde Valley: I- 17 northbound Camp Verde.
Verde Valley: I- 17 southbound Camp Verde.

 

Important Arizona Phone Numbers:
Arizona Commercial Permits: 623-932-2257 or 623-932-2247
Arizona State Highway Patrol: 602-223-2000
Commercial Vehicle Enforcement: fax 602-223-2918
DPS Motor Carrier Section: 602-223-2522
IRP: 602-712-6775
Overweight/Oversize Permits: 800-251-5866
Pre-Pass: 800-773-7277
Trip Permits: 602-932-2257

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.

As the 2017 heavy haul trucking season begins

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 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!

 

Other 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?.

 

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.

 

Until next time,

 

WideloadShipping.com

 

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