Pilot car / Escort vehicles are Public Safety Vehicles, they are also considered a warning device to forewarn the public of a potential danger. Usually equipped with a C.B. Radio, or other Two way Radios such as VHF to communicate with each other. On a two lane road, a load with one escort takes position in front of the load being escorted, on a four or more lane road the escort then transitions behind the truck being escorted. Depending on the size of the load, the load may require more pilot cars, usually one in the front and one in the rear.
For overwidth or overheight trucks one pilot car will drive well ahead of the truck to ensure the road ahead can accommodate the truck's load. warning the drivers of bridges, overhead signs, or power lines, so the truck or convoy can be alerted and stopped or diverted long before an accident occurs.
Along the predetermined route (Already safe-proof from narrow roads and low objects through many years of transportation of heavy oversize machines) the front escort must have amber safety lights that can be seen from 360° and from at least 500 feet. A sign displaying "Oversize Load" must be on the front and the rear of the escort vehicle, or one sign that displays "Oversize Load" on both sides may be mounted on top of the vehicle, the sign must be at least 5 feet wide and 12 inches high, with eight inch letters with a 2 inch brush stroke. The front escort is to ensure that oncoming vehicles are warned of the oversized load approaching. Because it is illegal for the Front Pilot car / Escort vehicle to cross the line into the oncoming lane, it can be difficult to get the traffic to stop for something such as a narrow bridge, so the front escort usually goes far enough in advance to warn the truck driver via C.B. Radio about the oncoming traffic so the driver can stop before the bridge until the front driver relays back to the driver that it is safe to cross with out the fear of oncoming Traffic. The Rear Pilot car / Escort vehicle may perform duties such as staying in one or more lanes other than the lanes that the truck and load are occupying to block traffic off while the truck and trailer make their turn. The rear pilot car may also make sudden lane changes, this is usually because the truck needs to change lanes because of a lane ending or obstruction in the road ahead, or one or more vehicles parked on the shoulder of the road, such as police or towtruck. If the Pilot car moves over, it is a safe bet that you should as well.
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