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Georgia Pilot Car Guidelines

Pilot car regulations vary from state to state. Given that we’re located in Georgia, we’ve decided to gather up all the information we could and present it to our current and future customers to reference at their leisure. Below, we’ll discuss when you’ll be needing a pilot car for your haul and why it’s important to invest in a quality pilot car provider.

Georgia Pilot Car Guidelines

Beyond securing all the necessary permits for your over-sized load, a pilot car is also required if your load meets certain dimensions. Different amounts of pilot cars can also be required – as well as certain pilot car mounted equipment. Here’s a list for you to reference for your next load:

How many pilot cars?


On 2-lane Highways

You MUST have one rear pilot car if:
The load is over 75’ long.

You MUST have one rear and one front pilot car if:
The load is over 125’ long & over 12’ wide.

You MUST have one front pilot car with a height pole if:
The load is over 15’6” high.


On 4-lane Highways

You MUST have one rear pilot car if:
The load is over 75’ long & between 12’ and 13’11” wide.

You MUST have one rear and one front pilot car if:
The load is over 125’ long & between 14’ and 15’ wide.


Requirements for pilot vehicles:


General Requirements

A pilot vehicle MUST be an automobile.


Sign Requirements

Signs MUST be mounted on the front of frontal pilot cars and on the back of rear pilot cars.

Signs MUST be at least 6’ x 1’ with 8” x 4” black letters reading “Oversize Load”

Sign’s background MUST be Orange or Federal Yellow


Light Requirements

All lights MUST be 8” in diameter and be either an amber light or a strobe light

Lights MUST be located on top of the pilot vehicle and have a candlepower of 35,000 or more

Pilot car lights MUST revolve 80 times per minute if amber variants OR be visible from at least 1/4 mile out if strobe variants.


Flag Requirements

Flags MUST be red in color, be (at least) 18” in size, and be square.

You MUST mount flags on the top of the pilot vehicle at a 45-degree angle. They must not extend more than 6” beyond the pilot vehicle.

Knowing exactly what your pilot car needs can save you a great deal in time, money, and effort later. Review these guidelines and make sure you have all proper equipment before setting out.

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