Wide Load Safety is so important if you are travelling anywhere in the regional areas of Australia.
It won’t be to long before you come across a wide load under escort somewhere during your travels. These can sometimes be tricky to navigate around as some off them can take up the whole road.
Brenden is a truck driver and has seen some big stuff out there – mainly mining equipment but he did have to give way to a plane on the back of a semi once.
Most recently he came across this monster load. A piece of mining equipment with three semi trailers pulling it and two semi trailers pushing it. It was 7.5 metres wide and stopped on the road with a blown tyre. He was diverted around it through a roadside parking bay.
WIDE LOAD SAFETY
If you do come across a wide load under escort these tips will help you navigate around it safely.
- Tune your UHF radio (if you have one and I would suggest that you should) to Channel 40. This is the main channel that most trucks run off and it will give you advance warning of a wide load ahead.
- The escort vehicles are always on the radio letting you know the width of the load and when it’s safe for you to go around.
- Many wide loads require a Police escort. Watch out for the them and follow all directions that they give you.
- As soon as you see a wide load, reduce your speed and prepare to stop if required.
- You may need to take a detour or pass the load on the edge of the highway.
- You can also help notify on coming traffic that there is a wide load in front of them so as they are prepared as well.
Follow these few simple rules and you should have no problems.
We recently encountered these huge loads in New South Wales.