Most trailer owners often overlook trailer height. Just because the U.S. Department of Transportation is lenient on trailer height limits doesn’t mean they are something to ignore.
There’s a reason why trailer heights are highlighted on the edge of trailers apart from clear visibility: Because they are essential. The right height allows for easier transportation of freight and could save you from accidents, unplanned expenses, and damaged goods.
Generally, the maximum height falls between 13 feet 6 inches and 14 feet. However, exceptions such as the type of trailer and lower clearance bridges and roads are often put into consideration.
If your trailer height exceeds the standard height requirements as per the federal height limits, you’ll need to purchase a permit. Note: Regulations vary depending on the state. To be on the safe side, it’s a good idea to check with local and state authorities before traveling.
The Difference in Clearance on Other Roads vs. State Routes
A noticeable variation in road clearance is the regulations provided by the state. A state route is exclusive to a particular state, whereas two or more states can share an interstate.
It crosses through, and although they are shared property, each state gets to set speed limits for the portion of the road that crosses through them.
States may have particular clearance laws on state routes, which can vary depending on the area a state route crosses through.
Watch Out for Bridge Clearance
Bridge clearance is more involving than state route or interstate clearance. It requires drivers to be keen. Thanks to the positioning of trailer heights on trailer edges, drivers have full knowledge of the height as they drive through bridges.
For additional security, many state highways have a clear sign that notifies drivers the height. This also serves to protect pedestrians and the structure of the highway and bridge.
You Don’t Need to Get a Permit for Trailer Height
The last thing you want as a driver and operator is to spend cash on unplanned costs. Well, by obtaining a permit, you do exactly that. The good news is, you can avoid the hassle of getting a permit. All you have to do is:
- Plan before traveling. There are lots of convenient tools to help you find a suitable route that fits your freight height
- Check the freight of your height before your journey
- Rent or purchase a different trailer if need be
If you really must get a permit, be wary of costs such as processing fees, general permit fee, charges to trim trees, and escort or pilot automobiles.
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