Heads Up: 6 Things to Remember When it Comes to Overhead Clearance

Heads Up: 6 Things To Remember When It Comes to Overhead Clearance

Truck drivers must be aware of overhead clearances at all times.

1. A driver cannot rely just on posted clearances; you must know the height of the equipment and/or load in order to know if there is sufficient clearance. If a clearance is doubtful, stop in a safe place and check before proceeding. Overhead clearances can be reduced by resurfacing the roadway, accumulation of ice and snow, crown/hill of the roadway, and/or uneven surface of the road. 

2. Beware of bridges, tunnels, and underpasses as they may have adequate clearance in the center but not on the edge/side of the roadway. 

3. On roadways with an underpass, the grade of the road may change. A vehicle/trailer/load that clears in the front, may hit on the other side of the bridge. Also, remember the load sometimes makes a difference with the overall height of the equipment. 

4. When entering a warehouse, beware of insufficient clearance when driving under an overhead door. If in doubt, get out and look. 

5. Check overhead clearances such as tree limbs, phone/electrical lines, canopies, etc., when driving in the city. Trees may not be adequately trimmed near roadways. Overhead lines may not be installed high enough, and the clearance may decrease as the electric/phone lines enter a building. Always check clearances when on private property, ranch roads, and well sites. 

6. When driving on narrow streets or alleys, be keenly aware of lights, signs, utility poles, stairways, and parked vehicles. 

For additional information on overhead clearances and tips, contact Great West Casualty Company . Also, don't hesitate to contact us with any truck insurance questions or quotes. 

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