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Pilot cars are vital to the safe transport of oversized and overweight loads. Commonly referred to as escort cars, pilot cars guide large trailers carrying oversized and overweight loads ensuring they arrive safely and without violating traffic laws. In some states, transporting oversized and overweight loads without a pilot car is illegal and attracts a heavy penalty. When shipping your over-dimensional and heavy-duty loads, it would be best to work with a shipping company that knows the ins and outs. 

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Why Do You Need Pilot Cars When Transporting Oversized Loads?

Wide Load Shipping has a wide range of pilot cars ready to help transport your cargo throughout the country and beyond. Trailers carrying oversized loads need pilot cars to navigate traffic, routes, and other obstacles. Large trailers have more blind spots than other traditional ones. Also, they require more distance and time to change lanes and stop and pass other vehicles. In addition, these vehicles may experience difficulty when accelerating when merging with traffic. For these reasons, pilot cars alert the truck driver of upcoming traffic, road hazards, or turns to avoid any issues on the road.

Pilot or escort cars also alert other drivers of the large load and coordinate the movement to avoid obstructions like electric wires or signs. Before the transit of oversize equipment, pilot cars survey the route for potential issues. These cars are also authorized to stop traffic and direct the movement of oversize equipment through busy traffic areas that may cause danger to pedestrians and fellow motorists. Pilot cars range from vans, sedans, SUVs, or pick-up trucks. They need additional equipment like flags, warning lights, signs, and CB radios for easier communication with the oversized equipment driver.

At Wide Load Shipping, we have drivers specializing in driving pilot cars. In addition, we provide front and rear escort cars where necessary to ensure your oversized load is transported on the correct route as state permits stipulate. Wide Load Shipping is a premier pilot car service provider with the resources and expertise to ensure your oversized or overweight load is delivered on time and safely.

Free Resources

Wide Load Shipping has a vast library of resources and guides to educate on all things oversize load and super load transport.

Route Surveys

Wide Load Shipping has a team to provide route surveys, ensuring your oversize load is transported safely.

Oversize Load Regulations by State

Wide Load Shipping has over twelve years of experience, and we’ve listed the regulations you need to know for transporting oversize loads in each state.

Dedicated Transport Agent

At Wide Load Shipping you work with a dedicated transport agent who will guide you through every step of the shipping process.

All-Inclusive Shipping Quotes

Wide Load Shipping provides you with a quote that includes everything you need, whether it be loading assistance, pilot cars, or other amenities for transport. No hidden fees!

Every Step Handled For You

Wide Load Shipping simplifies oversize load transport. We handle every aspect of transport, from the initial dispatch to final delivery. Find out more now!

State Pilot Car Requirements

Every state has laws and regulations about when pilot cars are needed when transporting oversize loads. Most states require loads that exceed 13 feet wide and are over 90 feet in length and a height surpassing 14 feet to have escort cars. Logistics agents at Wide Load Shipping will research each state’s laws the truck transporting oversized loads will travel through and ensure they comply with various regulations. In addition, our pilot car driver will ensure your load’s safety. Our professionals understand each state’s laws and ensure every pilot car shipment is within the state’s requirements and regulations.

Common Oversize Equipment Requiring Pilot Cars

Some of the oversized equipment requiring escort cars include:

  • Aircraft frames
  • Bridge beams
  • Industrial furnaces
  • Tugboats
  • Front end loaders
  • Mobile homes
  • Planes

Wide Load Shipping handles every step of transporting heavy and oversized equipment, including providing the right escort vehicles. We understand that shipping oversize loads can be dangerous, so we take every precaution to ensure a safe journey for your equipment and crew. Call us at (877) 792-5056 and book a consultation.

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City to City And State to State Pilot Car Shipping Services 

Wide Load Shipping offers pilot car services across every city in the country. We will ensure your load is accompanied by the right number of pilot cars until it’s delivered safely. Call us at (877) 792-5056 and book a consultation.

Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming.

Our Process


Get Started

Your dedicated transport agent provides you with an all-inclusive quote tailored to fit your needs. We pull the permits, handle route surveys, find the best driver, and more.


Driver Dispatch

Once everything is in place, a driver is dispatched to pick up your heavy equipment. Your equipment is safely loaded and secured before setting off.


24/7 Dedicated Support

Your dedicated agent is available throughout the entire journey to answer any questions you may have. Your oversize load is delivered safely and on time. Get your transport quote now!