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Tips for Shipping Equipment in Snow

Shipping equipment in the snow is not that hard, but only if you have the proper means of transport, appropriate expertise, and adhere to the applicable rules and regulations. Hauling heavy loads during snowstorms comes with complexities ranging from bad roads to reduced visibility. You’ll need to be proactive, patient, and experienced to succeed. Here are five tips to help you.

Acquire Proper Permits, Especially When Hauling Across State Lines

Different states experience different amounts of snow. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information, in a study that recorded average snowfall in various states, New York, Wyoming, West Virginia, and Maine lead in the states with the snowiest winters. Consequently, laws governing heavy equipment transportation vary by state. For example, states such as Minnesota, Idaho, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, among others that have frost laws in place, will have speed and weight load restrictions. Ensure you are conversant with the state’s laws you’re shipping in or across and have the proper documentation.

Other states that have frost laws are:

– Iowa
– Maine
– Montana
– Nevada
– New Hampshire
– New York
– North Dakota
– South Dakota
– Vermont
– Washington
– Wisconsin
– Wyoming

Install The Right Tires For Equipment Hauling In Snow

Although all-season tires can be handy, shipping in snow will require you to install winter tires. Also known as snow tires, these are special tires with a wide-gap tread design for extra traction on ice. In some states, you must have tire chains or tire socks installed to ship in snow.

Observe Road Safety Rules and Regulations

Driving in snow poses a greater challenge compared to driving in summer conditions. Visibility is reduced, and the chances of frost falling from your roof to cause problems to other road users are increased. Also, drivers are advised to maintain certain speed limits and distance from other motorists to allow ample time for breaking and space for maneuvering.

Ensure The Equipment Is Secure

Use straps to tie equipment down. Straps are sturdy and keep your machinery from shifting during transportation in snow, which can be especially important if you’re transporting heavy and fragile equipment. If you have multiple items to move, invest in a large tarp covering each item individually. If one thing gets wet or dirty, only that item will need cleaning upon arrival.

Using a high bed truck also ensures your cargo is secure. Snow can build up on the bed of an average pickup truck quickly and cause issues when driving fast or turning corners in areas without enough clearance for snow removal tools. A higher-clearance vehicle can help provide enough space between the bottom edge of its bed and any potential buildup caused by winter conditions. This allows your cargo to remain safe throughout its journey.

Hire Professional Heavy Equipment Haulers

As an Equipment owner shipping in snow, your primary objective is to ensure your equipment is shipped safely. Hiring a professional heavy equipment hauling company gives you access to the proper equipment and personnel for the job.

Professional hauling companies have expert drivers trained in handling harsh weather conditions like snowstorms. They’re more likely than inexperienced drivers to know when they need assistance with braking or maneuvering in bad weather, resulting in better road safety and less damage to your cargo. The companies are insured against accidents so that any damage during transit isn’t passed onto you.

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