Growing up, my family went on numerous summer vacations. The five of us all usually traveled in my parent’s midsize sedan. While we enjoyed each other’s company for a while, we soon became irritable. We didn’t have nearly enough room in the car to remain comfortable for longer than an hour or two. If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, consider renting a vehicle to travel in. You can ride in style; and, you will have enough room to stretch. On this blog, you will discover the best types of vehicles to rent for large families. Enjoy your vacation ride this year!
If you'll be traveling with a huge load, you might wonder if there are any specific requirements you will need to meet. You're allowed to drive with an oversized load in several states, but not without a permit. However, you'll need to know if your vehicle is considered one that would require a permit. Even if you meet the basic requirements, there might also be exemptions that can allow you to avoid obtaining a permit.
The Purpose of the Permit
The oversize permit helps to clearly mark that a vehicle is oversized so that it can be marked properly for the safety of all motorists. When other motorists know that a vehicle is potentially dangerous due to its size, they can take the appropriate precautions.
You will need an oversized permit if your vehicle is above a particular height or width. Also, if your vehicle has a length over a certain amount, you'll need an oversized permit. There is usually a maximum weight that your vehicle can be without requiring an oversize permit. In some cases, you may be required to crate the load in a specific way to protect it and you will need to follow particular instructions. You may also need an annual permit for toll roads.
Requirements After Obtaining a Permit
After you have obtained a permit, you will need to follow all escort requirements. In many states, you will be required to have a police escort when moving an oversize load. You must also keep a copy of the permit.
You may not need a permit if you are driving a farm vehicle on a secondary road. Also, you will not need a permit when the farm equipment is generally used in that area and when the equipment will not do any damage to the road. Also, if you are operating a construction vehicle on a road that is not open to the public, you may not need to obtain a permit. Firefighting equipment does not need to be subjected to oversize permit requirements.
When a disabled vehicle or several vehicles are being moved, you will not need to obtain an overweight permit when you are traveling under a designated number of miles. Because the requirements for an oversize permit can vary from state to state, make sure to research the particular requirements to know whether you must obtain a permit to avoid any fines or other issues.