Pilot Car Services Across South Dakota

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Affordable Escort Vehicle Services in South Dakota

Hauling or towing a bulldozer or thermal power plant engine in South Dakota is not the same as transporting palette crates in a standard truck. This exercise requires you to work with leading pilot car solutions from a reputable and professional shipping company. Moreover, DOT regulations vary from state to state. Therefore, you must ensure that the escort vehicle operator you choose knows the traffic laws governing piloted heavy cargo and superload shipments. Every pilot car company in our directory will escort your oversized load safely.

If you're searching for expert escort vehicle solutions, consider working with Heavy Haulers. We've established ourselves as a leading pilot car company in the United States with a robust network of escort cars across every state, including South Dakota. Our experts are ready to meet all your pilot vehicle needs and match your oversized cargo with the right set of pilot cars and equipment. We will help you budget for the pilot vehicle requirements as part of our comprehensive services. Heavy Haulers works with clients to achieve a reasonable quote; we calculate the estimate with the utmost professionalism, transparency, and honesty to ensure you only pay for the services provided, nothing extra.

Are you transporting an over-dimensional load with an excessive height? Worry not. Heavy Haulers have state-of-the-art height pole cars to ensure the cargo travels safely and legally. Our height specialists are seasoned in measuring and adjusting the setting on the height detection devices. Therefore, if a utility line or tree canopy can hamper smooth transport, we will alert the driver well in advance to have ample time and space to slow down and plan the best means to get past the obstacle. Let’s get started!

Pilot Car Companies in South Dakota

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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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Pilot Car Solutions That Meet South Dakota's Rules

Our South Dakota branch is staffed with pilot car experts who understand the transport laws governing the shipping of overweight and oversized cargoes. Therefore, after evaluating the load specifications, they know when to deploy one escort car or multiple cars. For instance, South Dakota policies dictate that we deploy a single rear escort car if the load is between 75 ft. and 95 ft. in length and moving on a two-lane roads. If the width measures between 10 ft. 6 in. up to 12 ft., a single front escort is required, but if it measures between 12 ft. to 14 ft. wide, we will deploy one lead escort vehicle and one rear pilot car.

Additionally, we will mount the "OVERSIZED LOAD" sign on all the pilot cars. The state also requires pilot car operators to have two red or orange flags, company names, information on the pilot vehicles' sides, rotating amber strobing with flashing lights, and the SLOW and STOP signs. Call now!

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Reliable Pilot Car and Escort Vehicle Companies Near Me In South Dakota

Heavy Haulers provides pilot cars and escort vehicles everywhere in South Dakota. We're ready to go in every town and city. We make sure to provide the best oversized load pilot cars. All escort vehicles in South Dakota are vetted to ensure they have the proper credentials for a safe wide-load journey. Whether you're moving a load to or from South Dakota, we always have "pilot cars near me" to get you where you need to go. Call now!

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

  • Escort Vehicle Requirements:
    • • Escort vehicles may be required by the permit-issuing authority due to route constraints, traffic conditions, or distinctive configurations of the permitted vehicle.
    • • Applied on the interstate highway system for vehicles surpassing 16 feet in width.
    • • Positioned at the front on two-lane highways or at the rear on divided highways.
    • • Applied on the state highway system for vehicles exceeding 20 feet in width.

  • Specific to the Black Hills area, except for U.S. Highway 16 from Rapid City to the Keystone Wye and U.S. Highway 18:
    • • A local highway patrol trooper holds the authority to temporarily exempt a specified section of state highway in the Black Hills area from the front escort requirement if sufficient road geometrics ensure safe vehicle operation.
    • • State highways mandate a front escort for vehicles surpassing a width of 10 feet.
    • • The Black Hills area encompasses the territory south and west of Interstate Highway 90, west of State Trunk Highway 79, west of U.S. Highway 18, and west of U.S. Highway 385.

Oversize/Overweight Load Flags/Banners/Signs/Lights Requirements for South Dakota

Flag Requirements:

  • Oversize vehicles or loads need red or orange flags, minimum 18” by 18”.
  • Flags attached to all corners for loads wider than 8’ 6” or extending beyond the hauling vehicle's width.

Warning Lights:

  • Nighttime operation needs reflectorized or lighted signs.
  • Acceptable text: “OVERSIZE LOAD,” “OVERSIZED LOAD,” “WIDE LOAD,” or “LONG LOAD.”
  • One front-mounted sign for oncoming traffic, one rear-mounted sign for approaching traffic.
  • Signs must have a minimum height of 18 inches and a width of 84 inches, ensuring legibility at a distance of 500 feet.

Travel Time Restrictions for Overdimensional and Overweight Loads in South Dakota

  • Loads with dimensions within 10 feet in width, 14 feet 6 inches in height, and an overall length of 110 feet are allowed continuous travel on interstate highways. Any particular restrictions will be clearly stated on the permit.
  • Movement allowed from half an hour before sunrise to half an hour after sunset, including both Saturday and Sunday.
  • Loads that are solely overweight are authorized for continuous operation 24/7.

Common Equipment that Requires
Escort Vehicles in South Dakota

  • Aircraft Frames

  • Bridge Beams

  • Bulldozer Machines

  • Cranes

  • Construction Scraper

  • Excavators

  • Front End Loaders

  • Industrial Furnaces

  • Tugboats

  • Wheel Loaders

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