Ever been behind a tractor trailer on the highway with a ‘wide load’ sign on the back? Maybe there were even escort vehicles with flashing lights to alert you as to their presence. What were they hauling? Did it make you nervous to ride behind or pass them? Believe it or not, you were just as safe traveling next to those tractor trailers hauling big items as you are on any normal day on the roadway.
What Moves You
If you spot a tractor trailer up ahead during your commute, you can bet they’re moving something important. We rely on these vehicles, their operators and the companies they represent to move the things we need as a nation. Sometimes you’ll see them hauling other vehicles or livestock. Other companies specialize in industrial equipment relocation. These companies haul everything from parts and machinery for manufacturing companies to construction equipment.
License and Insurance, Please
If you’re seeing these trucks on the highway, you should be aware of several factors. The driver of each rig is a specially trained operator. All truck drivers must go through demanding training and testing before they’re granted the license to operate a tractor trailer. Their employer or, in the event of a self-employed driver, the company through whom they contract their service will not hire that operator without the appropriate license. Those who move heavy equipment have to master additional training.
The companies moving all these things across our highways have to carry specific. They can’t get that insurance without all their drivers being appropriately licensed and without a good safety record. There are specific insurances for each type of hauling company. A business that hauls pleasure yachts cross country will need to demonstrate that their drivers are specifically trained for that. Same with a company that hauls construction equipment.
Part of all companies’ safety protocols include ensuring their cargo is appropriately secured. While the drivers themselves don’t usually watch as things are stowed in their box trucks or liquids are poured into their tankers, the employees who do the loading are very aware of the fact that their conscientiousness could affect someone else’s safety. With companies that haul large manufacturing parts, the teams that load the parts are often the teams that unload and set up the parts, too. They therefore have a vested interest in ensuring those parts get from site to site undamaged.
Your daily commute isn’t jeopardized by the presence of large trucks moving necessary equipment.