Why You need a Pilot Car for Oversized Loads

As you drive your oversized load down the road, you may question the need for a pilot car escort. Is it really needed? It comes down to both safety and what teach state requires, based on the ones you have to go through to get to your destination. There are many obstacles to get past with your over dimensional load that can cause damage to your load, structures near the road and be hazardous to people. The goal is to deliver your load to its final destination safely and with no damage.

Are pilot cars required?

The requirements for pilot cars vary from state to state. However, many states ask heavy haul vehicles to use at least one pilot car if their loads are more than 12 feet wide, 14 feet high or 95 feet long. Depending on the state, a truck may need more than one pilot car if its width exceeds 14 feet. There may also be a need for high pole escorts because of height restrictions along the route. Pilot cars make transporting heavy loads much safer. This is why many states mandate their use.

Do pilot car drivers have to be certified operators?

Not all states require pilot car drivers to have certifications. But most states still have requirements for driver training and experience. There are at least 14 states that do require special pilot car certifications:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oklahoma
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • What are the dangers and challenges of moving oversized loads?

As a truck driver, you’ve probably seen the dangers and accidents that have occurred because oversized loads are difficult to transport. They can pose safety risks to other drivers and their trucks. Oversized loads need longer stopping distances, and they may encounter clearance issues with bridges and tunnels. This means they could collide with overpasses. On top of that, oversized loads are more prone to blown tires, rollovers and other crashes.

Is a route survey important?

A route survey is what makes it possible for pilot cars to safely escort a truck bearing an oversized load. Here at Integrity Pilot Cars, our drivers perform route surveys to make sure roads are safe. They assess the safety of all roads, road structures and utilities on a given route. Our drivers also account for construction, traffic, utility lines and overhead obstacles. Route surveys are key risk assessment tools. Without them, pilot car drivers would not be able to guarantee safe passage.

Every day, trucking companies, shipyards and even the military transport heavy loads. These large truckloads on the highway might make you feel anxious. But thanks to pilot car drivers like our own, companies can now safely transport heavy loads. Pilot cars make our roads safer, and they are watching out for everyone on the road. If you’re in need of pilot car services, give us a call today!

Integrity Pilot Car Services provides pilot car escorts for over dimensional loads including: superloads, high pole, wide loads and long loads. Call Integrity Pilot Car Services to escort your next truck load at (757) 618-4899.


Integrity Pilot Cars supplies pilot cars, overload permits and escorts for oversize loads including superloads, wide loads, High-poles and long loads. We have locations in Virginia Beach and Stuart, Virginia, and are licensed for nationwide loads. Integrity Pilot Cars can provide same day local city permits for all Hampton Roads Cities including Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and Suffolk.

Call Integrity Pilot Cars for your oversize load needs (757) 618-4899.