Professional pilot cars… Anytime, Anywhere
Lead pilot cars. Chase vehicles. High pole and arrow-equipped escorts. Driver replacement. By loaded mile or by the day. As North America’s largest network, we can arrange professional pilot cars at every turn: anytime, any place and over any distance.
We pre-qualify our pilot car partners to ensure their professionalism, reputation, history, reliability and driving expertise. We also verify that they hold a mandatory minimum $1M in insurance to supplement ODS’ own industry-unique insurance coverage that protects our customers like no one else can.
When you work with ODS, one call does it all. We take care of every aspect of securing and arranging as many fully-equipped escort vehicles and providers to meet the demands of your load, state/province requirements and route-specific compliance. No matter how many different pilot car providers your load needs, our team will always remain your central point of contact. From initial planning to successful delivery, we simplify your administration duties and ensure that you always have answers 24/7.
All of our escort vehicles are fully equipped to meet and exceed your project’s needs. At ODS, we make sure our escorts are fully compliant with the various rules and regulations for each jurisdiction your load will travel through.
If you want to experience meticulously planned and expertly-executed over dimensional load escort services, just let ODS run point.
ODS network at a glance
The best way to get from A to Z
When it comes to over dimensional transport, success depends on countless routing details. Like which roads are designated for different types of loads. Permit limitations and authorized operating times that differ by location. Road surfaces, conditions and infrastructure obstructions. Turning points and inclines. Bridge and dock strengths. Ongoing construction and detours. Fuelling options, safe places for overnight stops, and accommodations, just to name a few!
Ultimately, making smart, informed decisions is a critical part of any carriers’ business. Especially when the consequences are measured in lost profits, upset customers, fines, damages and bad publicity.
At ODS, we can recommend, survey and optimize every aspect of your load’s routing from start to finish to ensure the highest levels of safety, speed, profitability and peace of mind. We offer certified and detailed route surveys throughout North America based on all over-dimensions:
- Ground clearance
When you need to know exactly what stands between your destination and success, ODS is there for you.
Save time and focus on your business
Specialized transportation projects have a lot of moving parts. They can involve many players and a lot of coordination, paperwork and administration that eats up valuable time. A single load running across different cities and state lines can encompass multiple pilot car providers, each with their own contracting and administrative processes, invoicing and payment follow-ups.
When you work with ODS, you call the initial play and we quarterback your project. You won’t need to deal with any other players.
When we’re done, you’ll receive a concise, clearly detailed invoice that covers your project from start to finish regardless of how many pilot cars you used. Our professional Billing & Administration team will take care of all the tedious paperwork. You’ll just get a simple, easy-to-understand invoice in 2-3 business days after delivery of your freight.
RISK & LIABILITY MITIGATION
Our unique coverage is every safety manager’s dream
Several years ago, we recognized that an insurance and liability gap existed between specialized carriers, the pilot car brokers they do business with, and the escort vehicle companies that run point during transport. If an accident or mishap occurred, the ambiguity in accountability and abundant room for pointing fingers usually left carriers on the wrong side of right. Historically, transport companies were left holding the bag regardless of actual responsibility or cause.
Being a dependable partner, we asked trucking companies what they were really looking for to ensure the level of protection they really needed. It made sense. When we requested costs for that type of coverage from leading insurance companies, we were told that it didn’t exist. And that didn’t sit well with us.
Taking the lead in moving our industry towards better protection, ODS worked with insurance providers for years to develop and gain approval for a ground breaking, industry-unique type of insurance solution. We pioneered it and we’re the only ones who have it, putting us one step above the rest!
Our unique umbrella insurance policy states that ODS is insured as a transportation broker in road escorts. It offers specialized carriers unparalleled protection and exceeds our industry standards for insurance by more than $7M.
ODS operations and practices are covered by $5M in commercial general liability insurance, $1M for errors and omissions, $1M in cargo liability and an addition $1M in contingent cargo. In addition to that, we require each of our pilot car partners to have a minimum of $1M insurance.
In short, only ODS provides the high-level of protection that carriers want and need. No one else comes close. A bold statement, but we know it’s true. If you’re looking for unmatched expertise and peace of mind, ODS has you covered.
PROJECT PLANNING & SUPPORT
We’ll help you navigate the maze
When it comes to over dimensional transport projects, perfection and profit are in the details. Long before some of our industry’s most challenging loads hit the road, ODS was there supporting North America’s leading specialized transport companies in planning and coordinating the peripheral aspects of their successful projects.
Our expertise. Your impressive plan.
What different heights, widths, lengths and weights qualify as superloads from state to state? How many and what types of escort vehicles do you need at various points along your route? Which agencies demand a route survey for oversized loads? When are curfews in effect and which areas permit escorted loads to move only at night? What exactly will it take to make your delivery happen while ensuring compliance and maximizing profit?
Every day our team helps companies like yours by providing the consultation, expert advice and timely answers you need to eliminate costly guesswork, ensure compliance and get the job done in the best way possible.
More than just providing pilot cars, ODS also coordinates with local police escorts and city/state/provincial authorities to eliminate delays and optimize the movement of loads through tight turns and populated areas. We make required timely arrangements with service providers (bucket trucks, security, electricity and communication companies, etc.) to remove obstacles and prevent hang-ups. We also take care of flagging, re-routing traffic and implementing rolling road blocks along your route, all while giving you timely progress reports that you can pass along to your customers.
Whether your looking for arms length advice, a helping hand or boots on the ground, ODS has the flexibility, reach and expertise to add value at every stage of your project.