What is an Escort Vehicle?

escort vehicleEscort car vehicles go with heavy haul transportation. They are also known as Pilot cars. Escort/pilot vehicles are Public Safety Vehicles. They are threatening devices to warn the public of a possible danger as well.   Generally, Escort/pilot vehicles are equipped with a C.B. Radio, or other two way Radios to connect with each other. In addition, if there is a two-lane road, a load with one escort takes a position in front of the load. But, on a four or more lane road, the escort then changes behind the truck which would be escorted.   Please be noted that depending on the size of the load, the load may require more escorts. Generally, one Escort in the front and one in the rear.   For Overheight or Overwidth trucks, one escort vehicle will drive 2500′ to 1 miles ahead of the truck. This is to be sure the road ahead can accommodate the oversize dimensions of the truck. Generally, this lead vehicle is equipped with a long pole (High-Pole) that surpasses upward from the front bumper. The length of this pole is adjusted six to eight inches above the height of the load of the truck. It can be also adjusted as the tallest part of the load within a convoy.   The truck or convoy can be warned and stopped long before an accident occurs if the pole attacks any overhanging objects such as bridges, overhead signs, or power lines.  

Escort Car Equipment

An escort car normally carries a noticeable “OVERSIZED LOAD” signs that caution other roadway occupants that a heavy load is following. Usually, escorts are equipped with flags, flashing lights that catch the eye of others on the road, and a CB radio for connecting with the trucker driving the oversized load. These pilot cars also carry maps and emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers and first aid kits, in case unforeseen circumstances occur to arise.