ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Weigh Station Tips For Truck Drivers

Updated on December 12, 2013

Weigh Station Tips For Truck Drivers


Every truck driver on the road visits at least one or more weigh stations a day. At first, it can be nerve racking to roll through these ports. As you become a more experienced driver, you'll find out that these weigh stations are not that big of a deal. In fact, much of the hype spread by truck drivers is inaccurate at best. In this article I want to give you some tips to help you settle your mind about these random checks. This way you can avoid making simple mistakes that will cost you money and time. If you're a new trucker, you'll learn about them when you do your truck driver training.

Don't Miss Your Weigh Station


The first tip to help you with successfully navigating a weigh station is the simplest. Don’t miss the weigh station and don’t try to go around it. This will get you into a whole lot of trouble and cost you good money. Not only that, you may look a little suspicious through the entire process. Make sure you have an up-to-date atlas and take a look at it before you take off on your trip. This should be part of your normal trip planning process. Before you go anywhere on the road, you should be planning ahead. You need to know where the scales are and remind yourself of them while you are driving. And if you are too lazy to do this, just remember, weigh stations are usually located at the state lines, just across state lines, or somewhere in the general facility.

PrePass For The Weigh Station


The second weigh station tips that we have for you is to invest in a PrePass. This awesome little box is placed to your windshield with adhesive, very easy to install. As you roll over the scale and head toward the weigh station, you'll pass the sensor that reads your box. Now, this box communicates with the ports computer and determines whether you have the correct permits and if your weights are good. This little gem has personally saved me hours and hours over my career. It also makes it very possible to assist me in making a 700 mile run every day. When your a truck driver, time is money and money is time. If you can save a second, it matters. Over time, just like me, you'll save a lot of time and money in the long haul.

Maintain Weigh Station Speed Limits


If you can’t afford a PrePass or get pulled into the weigh station, the best practice is to watch the signs and match your speed accordingly. You don’t want to fly up to the scale or the bypass lane. I have seen more truck drivers get pulled into the office for simply going to fast through the port. Follow the signs and eventually before you roll over the scale shift into first gear and slowly idle over the scale. If you are in the bypass lane second gear should work at an idle. DO NOT ACCELERATE! The only time you want to accelerate is when you have rolled all of your axles across the scale and you are right under the light or message board. If you still have the green light or the message to proceed, this is when you should accelerate slowly at first. I have spoken with many officers at weigh stations and they tell me that it’s the guys that have fishy stuff with their truck or the guys that get on the throttle too much that throw up a red flag.

Plan Ahead For Weigh Stations


Pre-trip inspections are crucial to your success at a weigh station. If you are missing a mud flap, have a flat tire or have a light out, these are the quickest ways to get pulled in. You can avoid all of this and much more by simply doing a pre-trip inspection on your truck. When you do your Pre-trip inspections, make sure you double and triple check these items. Also, if you have any thoughts that you may have a flat tire or cannot see your lights, you need to pull over and check it out. One tell-tale sign that you may have a flat tire is a drop in your fuel mileage. If the wind is behaving and there is no other reason for your mileage to be down, make sure you check your tires.

Update Permits For Weigh Stations


Make sure you check your permit book every 3 months at the least, unless you are heavy hauler and need over-length permits that expire monthly. By checking your permit book every 3 months, you'll be able to make a mental note of when different permits expire and how to acquire them as necessary. If you need monthly permits or do some type of specialized hauling, you'll obviously need to check your permits more often. The last thing you want to do is enter a weigh station without proper permits. Once again, as I always say, time in money and money is time.

If you follow these simple weigh station tips, you'll have a much easier time. Not only that, you're going to save a lot of money and time in the process. Weigh stations don't have to be a bad thing. In all honesty, their in place for a reason. Learning and having proper truck driver training will help you in all aspects of trucking. Be safe.

Weigh Station Opinions

How Do You Feel About Weigh Stations

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Romeos Quill profile image

      Romeos Quill 

      3 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      Thumbs up for some useful, time and money-saving advice.

      R.Q.

    • teaches12345 profile image

      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      The stations in West Virginia and Virginia were numerous. I remember they always had a line of truckers waiting to pass through. You made this quite interesting and I'm sure truckers will appreciate your advice.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Although i am not a truck driver, it was interesting to learn the rules of the road. I am sure you will help many who read this and are truck drivers. BTW, I didn't know you drove a truck..Good luck and full speed ahead...Cheers...

    • profile image

      Frank Atanacio 

      4 years ago

      thank you for the education on as Msdora puts it truck driver's affair with weigh stations.. awesome and easy to follow bro :)

    • profile image

      ocfireflies 

      4 years ago

      Per always, you have presented a professional hub with interesting information.

      Blessings,

      Kim

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you for this insight into the truck drivers' affair with weigh stations. Interesting seeing another side of you.

    • Faith Reaper profile image

      Faith Reaper 

      4 years ago from southern USA

      Hi Dear lyric,

      Very useful hub here as to why there is the necessity of stopping at the weigh stations for sure for truck drivers.

      Up and more and sharing

      God bless,

      Faith Reaper

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)