by Tombstone Tommy
For heavy loads,low gears are a must.The heavier the load the lower the gear you want to use to get you going.
Another important thing is to make sure your tires are properly inflated and all your brakes are in perfect working order.Heavy loads take a lot more distance to stop and knowing how and when to downshift is very important(it never hurts to have a good working jake brake).
Be aware of your speed and also the road surface,as some heavy loads have a tendency to bounce at higher speeds and rougher roads.Long loads need a lot of turning radius,extra mirrors,especially on the passenger side are a must.Don,t be afraid to stop and walk around your truck to make sure everything's all clear,Better to be safe than sorry!Stop periodically to check chains and binders and always put something under straps when they're against a hard or sharp edge.
Also,remember every state has it,s own laws regarding permits and driving times. Make sure you plan your trip in advance and always be aware of your surroundings.Be patient and remember there's no substitute for experience!
Good luck,happy trucking and keep the shiny side up.
TOMBSTONE P.s.-All that just scratches the surface!