pilot cars are GPS equipped and feature dual electronic height poles
to make sure that your project gets to its destination ontime with
escort vehicle is equipped with the newest DeLorme GPS software
in a laptop. With the permitted route preset in the computer, nearly
all the guesswork about where the load is supposed to be is eliminated.
This allows the driver to focus on moving the load safely rather
than looking for road signs, and the chances of a costly delay or
permit violation due to a missed turn are greatly diminished.
Most pilot cars
are set up with one height pole which is set 6" above the load
height. This means that if a bridge is tapped, the operator has
to guess how much clearance the load will have at speed. It is nearly
impossible to do this, which means that the driver has to stop in
traffic and crawl under the bridge. This
not only endangers the public, it could mean damage to the load.
We are equipped with 2 height poles. They are electronic, each with
a distinct buzzer
in the cab. With
this system, we set one pole just above the load height, and the
other 4-6" higher than the load. With this feature, it is then
easy for the escort to tell if a close structure will be cleared
without risking the load, and greatly reduces the need to stop the
load in traffic.