Examples of loads that may be judged overweight include trucks carrying cranes, pre-built homes, containers, or building supplies like beams, generators, or propellers. You might observe a car or 4-wheel-drive vehicle up ahead that is used as a pilot vehicle, escort car, or flag car before you see an oversize load. Its duties include alerting drivers when an oversized load is approaching, assessing the route’s safety, and updating the truck driver on the state of the road. When an enormous load is approaching, the car will have flashing lights, flags, and/or a notice to let people know.
The guiding principles while sharing the road with oversized loads are safety and consideration. Prepare to move over, slow down, and halt when you notice an escort car or the large load itself. A pilot vehicle may give you the go-ahead to slow down or issue a pull-off warning. When their route is slowed down by large cargoes or when there aren’t many passing opportunities, many drivers become irritable. Avoid unnecessary ʀɪsᴋ-taking to stay safe. On roundabouts, an oversized load may very well demand both lanes, so give the truck plenty of room to turn.
Along with keeping in mind that heavy trucks require longer stopping distances than unloaded vehicles, keep in mind the potential benefit, safety, and legality of overtaking. Think about how far the next permitted overtaking lane is away and the approaching vehicle’s unusual length and/or width. If you choose to overtake, keep a safe following distance, make sure you have enough space to execute the maneuver properly, and don’t forget to signal and make sure no one is attempting to overtake YOU. In the event of an error or an unforeseen road event, be ready to return to your previous place. If the truck driver cannot see you in their mirrors, they cannot see you. When the headlights of the large cargo can be seen in your rearview mirror, begin to pull in.
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