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How to start a pilot car company.

How to start a pilot car company in 2018?

Over the years we’ve had quite a few people contact us and ask us how to start a pilot car company? Most of them we we’re able to help as much as we can but our staff is already in pretty deep with hundreds of pilot car companies weekly and literally thousands of carriers. It’s what we do and we’ve been doing the same thing online since 2003. After seeing some other content on the wonder web that suggested you could get your new pilot car company going tomorrow for as little as $500 we figured it would be a good idea to do what we do best. Help folks and be honest about it. So, we designed a package that is very detailed and inclusive that will steer folks in the right direction that are interested in starting their own pilot car business. While we do have to charge for our time the price is very affordable considering what we’re providing you with: inside information on exactly how the industry works and what you will be required to have to get your pilot car company in business and rolling down the road.

How to start a pilot car company.

How to start a pilot car company or business. This escort vehicle (pilot car) is clearly prepared for in/out of state.


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First things first when starting a pilot car or truck escort business.

Pretty much every state is going to want you to register your business with a minimum of a DBA or “doing business as”. You may decide you would rather start a corporation (Inc.) or a limited liability company (LLC.) once you get going but a DBA may be the right choice for you depending on the laws in your state. We strongly suggest that you talk to an attorney about what entity is best for you as each persons circumstances are different. There are many factors to consider like taxes, marital status, joint incomes, the amount of money you bring into your household and of course liability. With a DBA you can get your pants sued off of you in the unfortunate event you made a decision that resulted in property damages or worse hurt someone. Have you ever heard some one say: “you can sue my company but please don’t sue me”? Well, if your corporation or LLC is properly set up and you are working for it then it would more than likely be the corporate body bearing the responsibility resulting from your actions. But again – consult a professional attorney in your state. Once you have that figured out you can move on to considering obtaining your flaggers license and dealing with any state insurance and training qualifications that are more than likely going to be required. What we do in our “How to start a pilot car company” kit is explain all of the ins and outs that are necessary to get your idea off of the ground and get you into our industry. There is ALWAYS a shortage of good, professional pilot car companies.

We actually show you how to create your own pilot car business from A to Z.

  • How to figure out what type of business model is best for you to start your pilot car company.
  • Insurance requirements for pilot car companies and how to avoid any potential troubles.
  • Choosing a vehicle that meets minimum requirements in order to operate in the capacity of a pilot car vehicle.
  • States/Provinces that require pilot car vehicle operators to have certifications and where to get them.
  • What NASTO, SASHTO, MAASTO and WASHTO is and what regions they cover.
  • Required equipment (and suggested equipment by the FMCSA) and minimum requirements that will get you by anywhere.
  • How to get set up for hi-pole pilot car industry.
  • How to get customers so your pilot car company can start making money.
  • Tips on how to operate a pilot car in a professional manner to protect motorists.
  • Invoice templates and creating them so your new pilot car company can get paid quickly.
  • What is expected of pilot car vehicle operators from driver and pre-trip safety checks and planning.
  • How to create your own “package” to exchange with trucking companies. What you need and what you need from them.
  • Industry rates and what to charge for your pilot car service.
  • Online strategies on how to get your name out there and develop a serious online presence the right way affordably if not free.
  • Our contact information for purchasers of our “how to start a pilot car company” and help we can offer you.
  • We show you the real no-joke inside and outs of the industry from well seasoned professionals with well over 100 years of combined experience.

Next your going to want to know exactly what a pilot car company needs.

There are laws and legalities that govern exactly what needs to be on board a vehicle that is operating in the capacity of a pilot car company. We bring you completely up to speed on exactly what is required in 2018 from professionals that have over 100 years of experienced combined. Again, it’s pretty easy to get into our industry and make very good money locally and long haul but earning $500 a week easy and starting tomorrow, legally and properly in simply not going to happen! However, you can get your foot in the door affordably by following our small course and you can also make a lot more than 500 bucks a week – shoot our top runners make that in a day – seriously! This is NOT AN UPSALE and we’re not going to spew out a buch of business names we own. This is real and if you aren’t sure simply type our name (WideloadShipping.com) into the WayBackMachine (internet archive) and see for yourself. This is the end of our 14th year online doing the exact same thing. This site didn’t set for 5 or 10 years until it was developed as we knew what we wanted to do the day we purchased the name. Our point is this: if you want to start a pilot car company and you want to do it right, do it with a company that cares about the industry and has a good, solid, well established name.

To start a pilot car business you need to know where to get business!

In order to properly start any company you need to know where to go in order to get work. In our training kit (How to start a pilot car company) we show you exactly where to go and how to go about getting customers. Not only that but we also show you how to set yourself up where it counts the most so you actually have an online presence and are in the mix with oversize and heavy-haul trucking companies. After all, that’s the business industry we service: oversize, heavy-haul and pilot car companies. Not only that but our industry needs new dependable and reliable pilot car companies so the more we can bring on the better! Think long and hard when considering purchasing our pilot car company business starter kit before trying to just go on your own with web searches and word of mouth. We cut straight to the chase and show you exactly what you will need and where to get it.

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You need to know this. Once you order, we will see your order and email you your Pilot Car Business started with within 24 hours from the time of your purchase. Usually it will only take us a few minutes to fulfill your order but in consideration or holidays, weekends and the fact that we are located in the Pacific time zone it may take a little bit longer. Once your order is received by us we will email it directly to the email address that was used in the order. If for some reason you think your order was not done properly please use this form to contact us (at bottom of page) and we’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. We deal with literally thousands of companies each and every week and have very few if any dissatisfied customers.

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Florida State Shipping Regulations

2018 Florida state shipping laws, regulations, rules and limitations, for oversize and heavy haul trucking.

Florida state shipping regulations

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Florida trucking companies and pilot cars.
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Florida oversize and heavy haul trucking companies.
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Florida legal load limits.
Florida DOT legal load sizes and weight limitations:

Length: 75 feet overall. 48 feet semi-trailer. A 53 feet semi-trailer must have kingpin set 41 feet from the kingpin to the center of rear axle.
Width: 8 feet 6 inchecs (only 8 feet on some designated highways).
Height: 13 feet 6 inches (only 13 feet on some designated highways).
Weight: GVW 80,000 pounds (22,000 pounds on a single axle, 44,000 lbs on tandem axles and 66,000 pounds on tridem axles.
Overhang: 3 feet in the front or read.

Routine oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.
Oversize and heavy haul trucking permits routinely issued Florida DOT:

Length: 150 feet overall maximum.
Width: 16 feet.
Height: Up to 16 feet (14 feet 7 inches on some two-lane routes), if over 15 feet a written route survey will be required.
Weight: Tandem 44,000 pounds,  Tridem 69,000 pounds, quadem axles must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings. 5 axles 112,000 pounds, 6 axles 122,000 pounds, 7 axles 142,000 pounds, 8 axles 160,000 pounds, 9 axles 195,000 pounds, 10 axles 197,000 pounds, 11 axles 199,000 pounds. You may be able to add an additional 1,000 pounds (up to 5,000) to each additional foot of outerbridge but this does not apply to all configurations. Heavy haul loads that are over a GVW of 160,000 (overall) or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between groupings as mentioned above.
Overehang: No set limitation on overhang. All shipments with overhang are looked at individually.
Notes:

Travel times and restrictions.
Permitted travel times withing the state of Florida:

Travel is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 after sunset.  Travel permitted on Saturday (possibly on Sunday) is permitted 1/2 hour before sunrise only until 12 noon if under 14 feet wide and under 14 feet 6 inches tall but you must request “weekend travel” when applying for your permit. Weekend travel is not permitted on New Years Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving or Christmas. Days before and after these holiday days may be restricted as well especially when 4 or 3 day weekends are observed. Heavy haul shipments that do not require escorts or pilot cars may travel continuously. Military shipments (MOBCON)will fall under different guidelines as noted on the permit. Be sure to clarify any discrepancies with the permit office before moving. Always follow the instructions on your permit.

Do I need a pilot car or escort vehicle with my shipment?
Am I required to have a escort vehicle or pilot car?

Length: If shipment is over 95 feet long 1 rear pilot car is required. If you have in excess of 20 feet of overhang see below.
Width: If over 12 feet wide you will be required to have 1 pilot car or escort vehicle. Some routes may require 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles. If shipment is in excess of 14 feet wide 2 pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required. If shipment is in excess of 15 feet you may be required to have a police escort in addition to a minimum of 2 pilot cars of escort vehicles.
Height: If shipment is in excess of 14 feet and 6 inches you will be required to have one escort vehicle. Over 16 feet in height needs two pilot cars or escort vehicles. Any shipment in excess of 15 feet in height will be required to have a written route survey.
Overhang: Rear overhang up to 20 feet past the center of the rear axle (or dolly) may require 1 pilot car or escort vehicle.

Pilot car and escort vehicle requirements.

Pilot car certification programs that are accepted within the state of Florida are the following: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. A “escort vehicle” or “pilot car” must be a vehcile weighing more than 2,000 pounds with a gross vehicle rating of less than 26,000 pounds. The operator of the vehicle must be certified by the state of Florida or one of the above mentioned states.

How to apply for oversize and heavy haul trucking permits.

Florida Department of Transportation
605 Swannee St., MS-62
Tallahassee, Florida 32399
Phone: 850-410-5777
Hours: 7:30 AM until 5:30 PM Eastern Time

You can visit the Florida DOT website for more information on oversize and over weight transport restrictions.
You can print up a single trip permit from the Florida DOT site and learn more about filing your own permits in this state by using our DIY trucking permits guide.

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Additional information:

Heavy haul trucking and oversize load permit limitations.

Shipments with four tile axles that have a minimum of 10 foot between each axle grouping the maximum gross weight on seven axles is 142,000 pounds, eight axles 160,000 pounds nine axles 195,000 pounds 10 axles 197,000 pounds and 11 axles 199,000 pounds. 1000 pounds may be added to each additional foot of out Bridge up to 5000 pounds but does not apply to all axle configurations. A minimum of 13 feet and 1 inch between axle groupings only applies to loaded configurations that are exceeding a gross vehicle weight of 160,000 pounds. Load configurations with a gross vehicle weight of over 160,000 pounds or less must have a minimum of 10 feet between axle groupings. Maximum width is 16 feet. Maximum height is 16 feet maximum length is 150 feet with no set maximum amount of overhang.

Super loads.

All super load applications must be submitted in writing with information that includes but not limited to axle spacing’s, weight and proposed a routes.

Required truck signs, flags and lights.

Flags will need to be a minimum of 18″ x 18″ and a square shape and either red or orange in color. They need to be displayed on all four corners of the extreme ends of any protrusions or per ejections or overhangs. For loads that are up to 10 feet wide or 14 feet and 6 inches tall or in excess of 80 feet long. For shipments over 10 feet and up to 12 feet wide. Warning lights are to be mounted at the top of the power unit as well as the top of the load so they are visible and all directions from a minimum of 500 feet. Each warning sign will need to be yellow in color with black letters a minimum of 12 inches and height with a minimum of 1 1/2 inches of thickness. The sign will need to state the words oversize load. Each warning sign will be no less than 7 inches long and 18 inches in height. The semi-tractor will need to have one mounted in the front and another mounted at the very rear of the load.

Special permit requirements.

If there are are any special requirements required of your shipment they will be listed on your Florida trip permit. If you are traveling south of Florida city and are between 10 feet and six teen feet wide you will be permitted to travel during nighttime hours from 9 PM until 5 AM and will not be allowed to travel on the weekends. If you’re width is in excess of 10 feet and up to 14 feet you will be required to have a minimum of one escort or pilot car vehicle. If your shipment is greater than 14 feet up to 16 feet wide you will be required to have a minimum of one police escort. If you are traveling north of Florida city then you may travel during all days and daylight hours only with the exclusion of weekends and holidays. No movement is permitted on any state mentioned roadway including interstates that are over 12 feet in width or in excess of 85 feet long from 7 AM until 9 AM and 4 PM until 6 PM during weekdays in the following counties: Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, orange, do Voll, Hillsboro and Pinellas counties. Additionally there is no movement allowed on state maintain cities which include Daytona Beach, Janesville, Lakeland, Melbourne, Palm Bay, Pensacola, Port St. Lucie, Sarasota and Tallahassee. To warning lights and one escort with high visibility flags a minimum of 18″ x 18″ that are square in shape are required and one escort or pilot car vehicle with a height pole indicator is required to proceed the shipment. Warning lights with 12 inch high black letters on a yellow background are required on the front and rear of the escort or pilot car vehicle.

 

The information contained in these pages is research information primarily for use by oversize and overweight trucking company drivers, dispatchers and pilot car companies. While every effort is put into maintaining the accuracy of this information you must absolutely verify this information with the Florida State DOT Permits office before commencing movement.

 

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2018 advertising opportunities in oversize trucking

Hello all!

We would like to update the photos on the site so we offer to you a advertising opportunity for 2018. If you have a solid action shot that will fit the basic shape of our existing photos and think it deserves to be placed we’d like to have a look at it. We will credit the company that supplies the photo we choose by encoding the photo with all of your company information as well as website address so you’ll have a credit on a million + human visits a month site that is above the fold to boot! A link like this on an old internet dinosaur like us is almost priceless. It will make your own website climb much higher in the search results.

However, I would like to caution you. We’ve done this in the past and got a lot of great pictures submitted. However, we’re looking for a glam shot. It has to be the absolute best photo you’ve got so please limit your submission to two photos.

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Send us your best photo and maybe we’ll use it crediting your company.

In order to prevent spam please let us know that you’d like to submit some of your pictures with us by sending us a quick email. We will reply with the correct address to submit it to. We appreciate your consideration and will do our best to include your shot when we can. This is a awesome opportunity for actual website owners looking to get higher search engine placement via back linking, reciprocal linking to a website that has been doing the exact same thing for almost 15 years at the time of this writing. Just the link value alone will increase your position dramatically in search results.

Materials must be sent by the original owner and not be published in any other location on the web. We thank you all!

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.

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.

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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2018 Advertising and oversize trucking.

2018 Advertising and oversize trucking.

Oversize trucking, heavy haul and advertising. Technology in 2018 demands strategic advertising…

It’s certainly no secret that the major search engines dictate who is going to get work and who is not going to get work. But in this day and age the average person browsing is starting to scroll past the paid ads and onto the real results which is great, but still. This is why oversize trucking companies and heavy haulers have got to play the same game everyone else does in order to get new customers. What were going to talk about in this letter is life skills for your company. It doesn’t matter whether you are currently using wideloadshipping.com or not. Many of these roles in fact most of them apply to the way the Internet works in general and how search engines operate. However, the first thing I’m going to talk about is how to maximize your use of the WideloadShipping.com load board or your company. After that, we’ll go over the the oversize and heavy haul trucking company directory and how it’s more beneficial to your company then you may know.

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There’s no time like the present.

Since were right about in the middle of the absolute slowest time of the year now is a good time to implement some of these strategies for your company so you can be fully ready to optimize your production for the 2018 shipping season. As you know it’s all about getting new customers so if new customers are what you need then new customers is what you will get. Let’s take a look at our load board and think about the way that most companies use it. If you’ve got a truck that hauled a load out to the middle of nowhere you’re definitely going to be more at the taking of brokered load just so you can get anything to get your driver rolling towards the yard and making a profit. With that said you’re probably just glancing through all the load to see what you can get quickly. Understandably so. But let’s take a look at the big picture here and that’s in landing what will call the “million-dollar customer”. Many companies are able to get that customer just by using the system on a day-to-day basis. However, what we suggest is maximizing your exposure in order to do this you’re going to want to at least communicate with direct customers that have freight that is within your weight class and within your transit lanes whether you can cover the load are not. In doing so not only are you helping to keep your trucks moving but you’re making new connections as well. Here’s how we suggest you do that.

Sharpen your pencil and work smarter, not harder.

Sharpen your pencil out and create an introductory template for your company that you can mail out to potential customers. Simply leave the “Dear Whoever” named place blank. That way you can easily insert the customers name into that spot. So what you’re going to want to do is send this email template to any customers who post loads in the system that are attractive to you. Once again, that have freight that is again within your weight class and the shipping lanes that you service. You’re going to find out that most of our customers would rather have the phone number of a company that they can trust to call and say hey trucking company here’s what we have what do you think were looking at? Rather than having the go to wide load shipping.com and plugging in all of their information on the load. It’s convenient for them to do it this way because they get instant results in speaking with you. Your email template will offer this opportunity for them to do so. This is how you optimize every cent you spend with us the and will also undoubtedly ensure you get that “million-dollar customer” much sooner than you would if you were just working the system for your open dates. Also, you can have your sales team give the customer a follow-up call as well as sending them the promotional email. However we do suggest that the salesperson is very soft and the content they are selling to the customer. The high pressure pushy sales tactics as you know don’t go very far these days and people tend to find it more annoying than anything else. We’ve got a few newer brokerage companies now that I won’t mention that have 2.000 and experienced kids that do nothing but call all day long and sell garbage. I will say the first letter starts with the T that’s it. Moving right along.

Information about the word “auto” and the web.

This brings us to our final topic in this newsletter which is the WideloadShipping.com oversize and heavy haul carrier directory. First of all I want you to understand that this is not intended to be a sales email to try to get you to put your listing in our directory. As I’m sure you aware we send out very few emails. It’s merely a good example that is right here of how things work. Realistically our directory will not make your telephone ring off the hook. However, having a company listing in our directory will do some pretty cool things for your company and here’s why. The way the search engines work and part of the way they determine who is going to be at the top of their list is by looking at what sites are linked to them. They figure if a lot of other sites are connected to your website by a link that people are telling other people there is valuable information there. Especially if the site that has the link on it contains related content. In this case equipment moving companies, oversize trucking companies and heavy haul shippers as well as regulations and pilot cars and all that good stuff is perfect. It’s a good example of one of the most valuable links there is. There’s another factor, how long has the website that is linked to your site been online and how much traffic do they get? In fact, a link to your site from a “link farm” or any other site that does not have good quality relevant content on it can actually harm your site and make it drop in search results. So you do want to be careful where you put links to your website at. You don’t just want to put is many links as you possibly can which is what “auto-link” posters and “auto-bloggers” do. This is a horrible thing to do to your own site and can be almost impossible to fix. Not only do you have to contact the owner of each site to request that the link be removed but you also have to motivate them to actually do the work involved with removing it. So, there’s no sense in bothering with that in the first place, it’s poison. Anytime you see the word “auto”, run in the opposite direction!

There’s more than meets the eye.

So with that said what a lot of people don’t realize is the link that you pay either 70 or $100 for depending if you want basic or premium is worth a lot more than that. If you were to contact an SEO expert (search engine optimization) and hire them to move your website up in the search engine results it would cost you at minimum $500 a year but realistically in between $900 and $1200, something that you can do on your own right here or with any other good quality directory. Ours has been published since 2003 so it’s history is nothing more than an extra plus for you. I can guarantee you 100% if you place a listing in our directory once it is re-indexed by the search engines your own website move up in the search results a minimum of 20 positions within 20 days if you take the time to add a well written (300 word minimum) keyword description about your company and the services you provide. Just so you know once again this is not an upsell by any means but for 2016 if you do purchase three states in our directory we will give you the fourth one for free. What you can expect besides your own website moving up in position is a few good quality customer calls a year that have good quality freight but are usually on the secret side of what they are shipping. These types of customers tend to be ones that do not want to publicly post their shipments because they may involve the department of defense, NASA, the treasury, the Hollywood industry and so forth. One thing you should consider in your online campaign other than being thrifty with your company money is the 300 word minimum description I mentioned above. It’s important that you don’t post the exact same information on other websites. This is called “duplicate content”and does not help you nearly as much as original content will.

Again I want to stress that this is not a sales email but rather an informational one. These tactics apply to all content related websites on the Internet. So by all means look for places where you can add your company information free. It’s getting harder to find that these days but it is possible. Also remember that you never want to associate yourself with a company that says that they can get your website more traffic and is using an auto poster to do that. The risk is simply too high and we have seen the results of such campaigns first-hand on other projects that we have managed. Treat your website as you would your own baby because that’s exactly what it is and it will slowly grow. It is up to you to determine if it will grow poorly or with high achievements. Remember that each thing you do contributes to the amount of money you will make not only over the course of this year but years to follow as well.

Locating your heavy haul/oversize trucking company

We welcome you to join in and post your questions, comments and any concerns you may have at the bottom of this page which is posted online here. We look forward to not only serving you now but also in the future!

Remember our new pilot car directory (PiloTrac) is live and geo-location based so you can locate pilot cars based on their location and equipment type. It’s also free with no signup required, just click and call!

 

 

Trucking industry backlinks

Want backlinks on trucking related websites in 2018?

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We’re your trucking backlink source.

Backlinks are not everything but they do count for a lot these days and if you’re in the trucking industry you know they are hard, hard, hard to get. The majority of the people who own trucking companies are hard at work at some other task. Even if they did author their own website it takes a lot of effort for the average person to get the job done right. Then things like linking text. You might be on the phone all day for just a few links.

Time to get connected. If you’d like you can join us for more transportation industry backlinks. What you should know about the type of work we do is:

  • We only deal with websites that have 100% total quality content.
  • We only deal with websites that are backed by companies that are well established within our industry.
  • We’re looking to work with companies that are actually in the industry. If you are an insurance broker or industry services provider please click here for more information.
  • We are not very interested in having a link on your “links” page however we do prefer having a text link that is included in well written good quality content.

Did you think that getting a backlink in the trucking industry was impossible?

Think again. One thing I will say is that for some reason our Google page rank bounces between 2 and 4. Not much we can do about that but continue to do what we’ve done for the last 14 years. Ad content. We think this may be due to so many words being repeated on pages like our “oversize trucking regulations” as we will have to use many of the same words over and over and in the Flesch-Kincaid website reading test text like this doen’t rank very well. However, in 2017 we managed to crank out an average of 1,323,000 actual human page views a month. So, odds are that not only will the search engines show you some love but so will our traffic.

In the event we find that your website is full of great content and you thought the same of us. We are willing to even go further based on what you have to bring to the table. Something like a permanent anchor text link towards the very top of your website would prompt us to email the rest of the folks that trade backlinks with us and let them know about you as well.

If anything consider being added to our list.

At the moment we have a pretty good sized list of folks that mention us in their articles from time to time. This list of backlink friends in the trucking industry is like gold and we know it. So, to be included in it and possibly be shared with everyone else you have to let us know you exist. If you we’re looking for some automated way to get this done well guess what? There isn’t one. There are many companies that say they can do it. But, by the time they are done with you getting backlinks from other trucking companies or within the transportation industry will be the last of your worries as you will then have to either:

  1. Figure out how to “undo” all of the damage they did by manually requesting the links be removed.
  2. Start a whole new website.

The search engines are a billion dollar industry and they are NOT going to tolerate crappy backlinks, web circles, link wheels, link exchange scripts or any of that anymore. Compare those days to the cowboy days where you rode into town with a gun strapped to your hip. They’re over. The only way to do it is the right way. Contact us we’ve got a whole empire of trucking related companies that are looking for good backlinks.

 



 

So if your are operating within the heavy haul trucking industry daily and your website reflects this kind of content then you exactly who we’re looking for. Simply contact us and let us know about your traffic and what you have in mind.

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.

Kentucky oversize trucking permits

Kentucky oversize trucking permits


Kentucky oversize trucking permits. Easy and cheap, DIY!

oversize trucking permits as well as over-weight

Save money DIY trucking permits. Oversize and over-weight.

 

Oh boy have we got good news for you. Looking for ways to save your oversize trucking company money?

You have come to the right place for that. With technology advancing the way it’s been state agencies are jumping on the band wagon. What this means to you is now many of the oversize trucking permits that are done online with a much easier system. Something that oversize and over-weight trucking permit providers aren’t jumping at the opportunity to tell you. Getting your own self issued permits is not only easy but it’s cheap. Your oversize trucking company stands to save thousands of dollars if not more annually just on the fees these processing companies make. Why not do them yourself? You can and we’ll show you just how easy it is. It will take a little getting used to as you will now have to incorporate another process into your routine but once you get used to it you’ll instantly start to see and feel the savings.

You can have your oversize or over-weight trucking permit in just a few hours cheap and easy!

Odds are if your have had to order a oversize or over-weight trucking permit in the state of Kentucky at any time the DOT still has all of your company information on file already. You may have to update your insurance certificate but usually your insurance company does that for you. You are going to be amazed at how easy this is. We’ll show you in 2 simple steps but for the sake of conversation let’s say 3 steps.

  1. Go to this page and click on trip permit half way down. Or choose the oversize or overweight permit you desire. Or you can also create an online account by entering your USDOT number here to start the process.
  2. Fill out the permit and fax it back to the number at the top. Or sign in by clicking here.
  3. Kick back and relax! A whole team of professionals is working to get your trucking permit approved!

Is that easy or what? Getting oversize and over-weight trucking permits from the Kentucky is easy as pie! Now you are one your way to saving big time bucks by doing your trucking permits yourself. If you would like to share this information with others simply click the big green button above. If you have comments for others please use the form below. Thanks for visiting!

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