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How to Get Certification to Escort Heavy Hauls

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Getting certification to escort heavy hauls requires a clean driving record, a valid driver's license, certification and permits. Trucks towing heavy, oversized and over-dimensional loads are required to have an escort car because of their potential danger to other motorists. Many companies specialize in towing oversized loads and hire drivers with the proper certification and skills to escort their hauls to and from construction sites or factories.

Apply for a state's escort vehicle certification by taking a written test, proving you have a valid driver's license with a clean driving history and meet a state's requirements for being an escort driver. New York, for example, requires drivers to be at least 21 years old, pass a written exam and have a valid Social Security number.

Apply for a state's escort vehicle permit. While the application process is different for each state, most require an escort driver to pay a fee and provide information about the haul they plan to escort, like size, load type, route, time and date.

Buy and outfit your planned escort vehicle with the proper "Oversize Load" banners and flags. States requires escort drivers to apply these banners and flags to escort cars to warn other motorists of an oncoming over-dimensional load.


Thomas Lynn is a writer in New York. His work has appeared in various Web and print publications. He studied English in the New York University system. Lynn has been writing professionally since 2009, covering politics and emerging technologies.

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