The 2021 oversize and heavy-haul trucking season.

This content has been modified since its original publish date. We distinctly recall writing it and see from the number of inquiries it has been very helpful to others. With the current health concerns involving COVID-19, our network is looking at a large increase in freight volumes. Our team will continue to update this information in the future. Please leave comments for other viewers.

The 2021 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season is here!

It looks like the 2021 heavy-haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side due to the winter months we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will move in high volume very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2020 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season was very short-lived with freight volumes low. Economic indicators for 2021 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its continual expansion. That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a bumper year. While the heavy-haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. This includes the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service items for the industry. Over the past few decades, we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy-haul industry suffers much longer from a short-term financial blow as company operating costs are high. Especially if you own a specialized trailer. The more axles, the more money you owe the bank.

7-axle heavy-haul trailer.

7-axle stretch deck heavy-haul trailer with ramps. This trailer is designed to handle up to 81,000 lbs. The ability to stretch makes it very versatile.

What do we think about 2021 and freight volumes?

2021 will be a great year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record-breaking highs in freight volumes but it is our general opinion that 2021 will bring some much-needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to push with existing advertising as well as create new avenues for advertising.

Oversize loads.

The outlook for oversize load shipping volumes looks very promising for 2021.

Here are a few noteworthy items about 2021 freight volumes:

  • Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK, and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as the sea. This hurts us as far wind energy equipment shipping goes.
  • This the year following a new election year and consumer spending is up. These newly elected people proclaim it all but anything however once in office it’s usually a new story we all have to just roll with. It’s very hard for specialized trucking companies that facilitate growth projects to forecast what their capabilities will be for new construction projects. However, this year will be a big one.
  • The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items they’re in the process of selling off. That equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be excellent in 2021. The overall freight volume getting a push in this area as well.

It’s going to be busy year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2021 are the ones that are advertising smart and savvy.

See also:

Heavy-haul and oversize trucking quotes.
Heavy-haul and oversize shipping regulations.

 

 

2021 frost winter frost laws, thaw laws and weight restrictions.

2021 frost laws, thaw laws and seasonal weight restrictions.

Frost/thaw damages to surface.

Frost/thaw damages to surface.

Learn the details of the winter frost laws, spring thaw laws and seasonal weight restrictions. Details for the USA and Canada by State/Province. Many areas incorporate temporary special weight limits and restrictions (frost or thaw laws) during the winter and spring months of the year. These temporary restrictions are usually referred to as “frost laws” or “thaw laws” and implemented typically during the month or March and April. In some Northern States and Provinces frost laws can still be in effect in July as it’s much colder in the North. Since these restrictions are implemented on a “as needed” basis it is possible many of the official government websites may not have published this temporary restriction in a convenient place as frost laws are also subject to change at any moment based on the temperature of the roads core. You want to be certain to check with the appropriate officials to verify the latest changes in the laws.

2021 United States: Restrictions on winter and spring seasonal weight laws.

Idaho   Iowa   Maine   Michigan   Minnesota    Montana   Nevada    New Hampshire    New York   North Dakota  Pennsylvania    South Dakota    Vermont   Washington    Wisconsin    Wyoming

2021 Canada: Restrictions on winter and spring seasonal weight laws.

Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick New Foundland & Labrador  Nova Scotia  Nunavut  Ontario    Prince Edward Island   Quebec    Saskatchewan

Why we have these laws and must protect our roads and highways.

In order to keep the trucking industry operating the Northern US states and Canadian provinces rely on engineers and scientific data to determine which dates frost laws will be in effect. With fairly recent advances in science and technology, data is much more reliable. This helps with the implementation of “Frost Laws” or “Seasonal Weight Restrictions” ensuring they are not implemented to early or late. While no State or Province desires to delay the transportation of goods through their territory it is imperative public assets are protected.

In areas that constantly get negative (ie: -10 below zero) temperatures the amount of damages has forced Northern US States as well as Canadian Provinces to create and enact laws that restrict vehicle weights during the spring and winter months (specifically trucking companies) when the roads and bridges are thawing out. There are all kinds of things that can go wrong with different types of roads and pavements. For example the State of Michigan has implemented permanent frost laws that go into effect during the months of March through May (and in some cases even June). Some routes require legal axle weight limits be decreased by as much as 35%. Some areas and local governments may also limit heavy-haul vehicle speeds to a maximum of 35 miles per hour during frost/thaw law months regardless of posted limits.

Oregon hwy. US 1. Photo courtesy of KDRV.com

One of many examples is in Southern Oregon on old US Highway 1 (which follows the coast line from Mexico to Canada) the road is as much as 16 feet thick as years of pavement (even bricks) has been laid down year after year since the early 1900’s. It should be noted that today’s technology is able to provide us with roads that are flexible due to the engineering of the construction process and the materials used. Excessive weight exerted by overloaded axles (or a weakened supporting base) can cause the pavement to bend or deform. The strength of the road combined with its resistance to bending determines the amount of weight the roadway can handle.

 

See also:

Tire chain laws.
Tire chain laws by location.
Trucking regulations.
Federal bridge formula.
Exemptions from seasonal restrictions.

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