Low Clearance Solutions

Discussion in 'Trucking Electronics, Gadgets and Software Forum' started by Trooper-D, Aug 25, 2009.

  1. Trooper-D

    Trooper-D Bobtail Member

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    I have been trying out various low clearance avoidance tools after witnessing a horrible accident and having a close call myself. Obviously I look out for the signs ahead, but not all bridges are posted and it's no good for planning a route anyway.


    So what are the options?




    Rand McNally Motor Carrier Road Atlas


    Pros - Much more than a low clearance list, with an abundance of useful information.


    Cons - Limited to just over 1000 low clearances. Can't use while driving. Costs around $50.


    Available at: http://www.amazon.com/McNally-Deluxe-Motor-Carriers-Mcnally/dp/0528942123




    POI-Factory.com low clearance POI database for GPS


    Pros - Free to download. Accurate. Ready to install.


    Cons - Limited data, not much more than 300 entries.


    Available at: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/1154




    DiscoveryOwners.com low clearance POI database for GPS


    Pros - Free to download. Accurate.


    Cons - Limited data, approximately 400 entries. Many duplicates across several databases. Only available in text format.


    Available at: http://www.discoveryowners.com/cginfolinks.htm





    There are also a few fully integrated GPS systems available, but these are very expensive and I cannot vouch for their accuracy or the number of low clearances in their databases.


    Hope this is of use.
     
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  2. 25(2)+2

    25(2)+2 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You need a new atlas every year to get the changes and those are only up to the minute it was proofed before printing. The paper bound one is good enough to peruse at leisure, not to take in the truck with you.

    That is when you should be planning your route, not on the road.

    Most everything I have seen anywhere trucks have any business being is marked, if I think it is close and there is no sign, I don't get right up to it until I can verify it. Ask receivers and shippers about low clearance in their areas,even better if they have their own trucks, talk to drivers.

    The other solutions don't appeal to me anymore, I don't run OTR much at all other than OTR livehaul, which can be fun during construction and accidents, but not usually much problem. I don't give city tours to my cargo anymore.

    Stay on the marked truck routes on the map, if you need to deviate from it, like when you are close, ask someone that knows, the other tools can be wrong, and if they are wrong and you don't know it, you are captain of that ship so you are still responsible.

    If you have any doubt, do not proceed.
     
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  3. LSU Tiger

    LSU Tiger Banned for spamming

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    I've experimented with downloaded POIs from POI-Factory.com and DiscoveryOwners.com in the past and their databases weren't even close to being accurate. As for as LowClearances.com goes, I have no idea and would like to read reviews from current users.
     
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  4. LostSoulCA

    LostSoulCA Medium Load Member

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    I wonder how good the Rand McNally GPS is?
     
  5. Nascar_Bobby

    Nascar_Bobby Light Load Member

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    I go slow and try to use my sun roof.
     
  6. dancnoone

    dancnoone "Village Idiot"

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    I usually try to read the signs. This can be done while driving. And doesn't cost anything.

    I realize this is a lost and dieing art. But it still works.

    Other than that....if it looks low, I go really really slow.
     
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