Minnesota Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Services

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Quality Pilot Car Services in Minnesota

You've come to the right place if you need an escort vehicle in Minnesota to accompany your oversized delivery. We've served all Minnesota areas with escort vehicle services for over a decade. Heavy Haulers' escort cars are available to book online or over the phone, and we pride ourselves on providing a hassle-free escort car service. We have also added qualified pilot car companies in our directory whom you can contact for oversized load transport services in Minnesota.

Our escort car services are designed to prioritize the safety of oversized equipment traveling through the North Star State. Regardless of your end destination, whether elsewhere in Minnesota, the U.S., Canada, or Mexico, we can supply you with local expertise and professionally-equipped escort cars to ensure your transport project meets all transport regulations. Call now for a free estimate!

Pilot Car Companies in Minnesota

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Name States Served Phone Number
Heavy Equipment Transport CO (239) 677-4002
Nationwide Transport Services AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA (407) 574-4797
Wide Load Shipping MT, AL, LA, AZ, FL (239) 202-0846
E&E Pilot Car Services AL (205) 258-8059
JKA Express Pilot Car Service, LLC VA, MD, NC, DE, PA (804) 238-8216
RAMSEY PILOT CAR NV, CA, UT, WA, ID (850) 221-3029

Disclaimer: The Heavy Haulers Pilot Car Directory is a resource for connecting pilot car and escort vehicle service providers with potential clients. We are not affiliated with, nor do we endorse any of the companies listed in this directory. The information provided is for general informational purposes only, and all users are encouraged to perform their own due diligence before engaging with any of the service providers.

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Minnesota's Pilot Car Requirements

At the Heavy Haulers pilot vehicle company, we do more than provide you with the required escort cars. Our pilot vehicle services are all provided by trustworthy, experienced shipping professionals who will help coordinate your shipping project so that your equipment arrives on time without compromising the safety of anyone involved. Call now for a free quote!

Heavy Haulers are here to help you find the right car if you need a pilot vehicle in Minnesota to accompany your oversized equipment. We offer various pilot car services that prioritize the secure movement of oversized cargo throughout the land of 10,000 Lakes by providing safe, modern pilot vehicles that meet all of Minnesota's escort vehicle requirements set out by the state's DOT.

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Dependable Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Companies Near Me In Minnesota

Numerous requirements are attributed to the escort vehicles, but in general, they may be passenger cars, station wagons, or pickups. Single or dual amber lights are also required. They should be mounted either on or to the sign's side. Lights may be disc, rotating, or strobe types, but they must operate at least 60-90 flashes per minute and be visible from 500' away. At night, the lights must be in continual operation. Additional stipulations include 2-way radios fitted in all escort vehicles and pilot drivers at least 18 years of age. Let’s get started!

When Do I Need a Pilot Car or Escort Vehicle for Shipment in Minnesota?

  • OS/OW Travel Guidelines:
    • • Generally, OSOW travel is permissible up to 14’6” wide, 110’0” long, 16’0” high, unless specified otherwise on the permit.

  • Over 14’6” Wide, 110’ Long, 16’ High:
    • • On 2-lane (non-divided) roads, lead and rear-certified pilot car escorts are required.
    • • On multi-lane (divided) roads: Requires rear-certified pilot car escort.

  • Escort Requirements:
    • • When escorts are necessary, the escort vehicle must display “Wide Load” or “Long Load” signs and amber warning lights visible from at least 500 feet.
    • • Escort vehicles can be passenger cars, vans, SUVs, or pickup trucks in safe operating conditions.
    • • Escort vehicle cannot tow another vehicle while escorting.
    • • Radio communication between permitted and escort vehicles is mandatory.
    • • Escort drivers must have a valid driver's license at least 18 years old.
    • • Escort driver cannot perform other duties while escorting, such as acting as a tiller man for a rear steer trailer

Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights Requirements for Minnesota

"Oversized Load" Banner Regulations and Requirements

  • Oversize Load signs necessary on the front and rear of the vehicle when width exceeds 12’6” and/or length exceeds 95’.
  • Signs must be either lighted or made of reflective material between sunset and sunrise, visible for at least 500’.

Flag Requirements:

  • Red, orange, or yellow warning flags, each 18" square, required when a vehicle or its load exceeds 9’ in width or 75’ in length.
  • Flags mandatory at: Widest points of the load, At the end of overhang in excess of 4', and Every 20' along the outside of the load.

Warning Lights: Color and Placement:

  • At night, a steady light required at: Widest points of the load, At the end of overhang over 4', and Every 20' along the outside of the load.
  • At night, when over 12’6” wide or when the combination is over 95’ long, lead and rear escorts OR an approved LED lighting package is necessary.
  • Warning lights are required whenever signs are necessary.
  • Lights may be flashing, strobe, or rotating beacons and must be visible from a distance of no less than 500’.

Travel Time Restrictions for Overdimensional and Overweight Loads in Minnesota

  • Travel times: Generally allowed from 2 AM to 10 PM, excluding holidays.
  • Some areas impose rush hour restrictions from 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM and 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM; verify with your permit for specific restrictions.
  • Spring restrictions typically apply from late February to May for heavy-haul loads.
  • Night-time travel is determined by local sunrise and sunset times.
  • Minnesota observes Central Standard Time.

Common Equipment that Requires
Escort Vehicles in Minnesota

  • Aircraft Frames

  • Bridge Beams

  • Bulldozer Machines

  • Cranes

  • Construction Scraper

  • Excavators

  • Front End Loaders

  • Industrial Furnaces

  • Tugboats

  • Wheel Loaders

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