How is Your Overhead?

Overhead Damage……How not to make a convertible out of your Truck or Trailer!!!

An overhead damage accident is an act that can be prevented in causing damage to the roof, sides, front and rear of a body or trailer!
Here are some tips for drivers to prevent this type of damage:

  • When you call your customer for directions into their facility, realize that the person giving you directions drives there every day in a car.  They may never think that the bridges and over passes that you will come across will not be high enough for your truck.  Specifically ask them if the directions they have given you are on a truck route.  Also ask if there are any low clearances.  No matter what information you receive and proceed with caution, as only you are responsible for the damage that will be caused.
  • Overhead clearances are posted in advance of most underpasses and tunnels, but keep in mind that they may have just put 2” of new asphalt on the road.  Be alert for new road construction in front of underpasses, bridges and tunnels.
  • Just because other trucks are going through doesn’t mean that you will fit through the bridge, tunnel, etc.
  • If a marked or unmarked overpass looks low, slow down immediately, put on your four way flashers, ease up to the overpass, stop and check your actual clearance.
  • Many bridges and overpasses are not perfectly straight; the sides are often lower than the center.  Cross under in the inside lane.
  • If possible take a look at the road elevation on the other side of the bridge to see if there is a sharp incline or decline.  Either of these situations could cause trouble as you may fit under and as you exit the body or trailer will be driven up into the bridge due to the road elevation.
  • In the winter snow and ice on the roadway can change the amount of clearance enough to cause damage.
  • If you see that you cannot proceed through the low overhead and the traffic around you is congested, you are better off to call the police and get assistance in backing out of the situation vs. backing against traffic and causing an accident.