Six Mistakes That Can Drive Up Heavy Equipment Transportation Costs

If heavy equipment transportation services are a routine expense for your operation, minimizing the costs of these services can really improve your bottom line. Unfortunately, some companies make mistakes that unnecessarily drive up these costs. 

The following are six mistakes to avoid that can drive up heavy equipment transportation costs.  

Neglecting to do your own equipment preparation before transport

Your heavy equipment transportation service provider may charge you more if you overlook tasks that are necessary to prepare heavy equipment for transport. 

Make sure that you're taking care of tasks like strapping down loose equipment and turning off electronic components in preparation for transport. Otherwise, you might have to cover added expenses. 

Using wide-load designations with your heavy equipment transportation jobs

Wide-load designations are inevitably going to cost you more when it comes to heavy equipment transportation. These designations can cost you more both in terms of service charges and permit fees. That's why it's important to avoid wide-load designations whenever possible. 

Failing to compare costs among various heavy equipment transportation services

It's always important to do your research when you are finding a heavy equipment transportation service provider for your company.

Compare costs between various services available to you. Getting numerous quotes you can compare allows you to be confident that you're getting the most competitive costs in your area for the transportation service you need. 

Neglecting route planning

Poor route planning is another mistake that can really drive up costs. Heavy equipment transportation services will often charge based on mileage. In this case, optimizing route planning so that you minimize mileage could bring down costs considerably.

While optimizing route planning is important, it's also important to realize that you need to consider regulations in terms of the weight capacity and height restrictions on various routes. 

Failing to invest enough in safety

Accidents resulting in injury when your heavy equipment is transported or prepared for transport can cost your company a lot of money. That's why you need to invest in PPE and make other safety investments to avoid accidents and injury when you're having heavy equipment transported.  

Making errors in your heavy equipment transportation instructions and communication

It's essential that you check and double-check the instructions you send to your heavy equipment transportation service. Errors that you make regarding the destination or other instructions can cost your company a lot of money and frustration. 

Develop a system for reviewing all communication with your heavy equipment transportation service provider so that you're sure no errors hold you back and drive up costs.