How to save money when flatbed shipping

How to save money when flatbed shipping

Most customers start their week planning to ship their products out, but what many customers don’t understand is that the beginning of the week is the worst time to ship because rates are at their highest.

Drivers come off the weekend like a “loaded gun”, thinking they are the only truck available for you. This encourages them to start the week demanding a much higher rate. Whether you are shipping an oversize flatbed load or just standard flatbed freight it is always beneficial to wait towards the end of the week. You just might save your company 20 to 30 percent. As the week dwindles on the capacity of flatbed trucking loads decreases and the drivers have fewer choices as to what loads they must choose from. By weeks end they are left stuck with no freight at all because they were too eager to hit the “holy grail the mother of all mother flatbed loads”, at your expense.

Always ask your flatbed shipper if there is any benefit to ship later in the week and make sure to compare rates.

There are many ways to save money, however, there are a few things to consider when shipping a flatbed heavy haul or standard flatbed shipment. You just can’t forget about the oversized permitted loads that require police and escorts. These type of flatbed loads require planning and it may not be cost-effective to hold for the weekend because of the additional services like escorts and police. Some states are not permitted for travel on weekends or after dark. You wouldn’t want to get caught up paying for hold over downtime when proper planning could have of avoided that.

If you decide to use flatbed shipping you need to take the time to talk to a reputable agent. You should also make sure that they have a vast background in flatbed trucking. If you don’t, buyer beware you may find yourself paying for hidden costs because the agent either did not have the level of expertise that you deserve or have your best interest in mind. These agents are working in a very stressful “time is money” environment and at times will move4 on to the next client too quickly so that they can make sure they make their quota for the day.

How to save money when flatbed shipping

Types of Heavy Haul Transportation Equipment That You Must Know About

Heavy haul transportation equipment

From straight trucks and dry vans to flatbeds and step decks, there are several different types of heavy haul transportation equipment that you will come across. Whether you have taken up a new job in the heavy haul trucking industry or you are looking for the best method to move a certain heavy load, here are the different types of trucks and trailers that you ought to know about.

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Wellness on the Go: Health and Fitness Tips for a Truck Driver

Healthy truck drivers

Spending almost the entire day behind the wheel, with little to no time for healthcare and exercise, health issues are becoming increasingly common place for truck drivers.

While constantly sitting in the same position for long hours is a part of the job, the root of the issue lies in their daily diet. Here are a few tips (along with a bonus workout for truck drivers) that will help you stay fit in the trucking industry.

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Most Common Uses of Flatbed Trucks

Uses of flatbed trucks

A flatbed truck is far more than just an average vehicle used to carry loads. From heavy haul transportation and construction companies to general manufacturing and towing services, flatbed trucks are a vital part of any fleet operation.

As the name implies, a flatbed truck has a plain and completely leveled surface with no sides or roof. This open design is what makes such a truck highly versatile. Here are some of the most common uses of flatbed trucks.

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How Are Pets Beneficial To Truckers?

Roady, a handsome trucking Rottweiler, wasn’t getting much sleep.

Every night he stood guard over his owner, Tim Blevins, waiting for him to stop breathing. Blevins, a trucker from Cleveland, Okla., didn’t know he had severe sleep apnea, but several times a night Roady jammed his wet nose into Blevins’ face, startling the breath back into his lungs. When Blevins finally told his doctor about the nightly episodes, the doctor diagnosed sleep apnea and said Roady probably saved his life. “I had no idea what was going on, but Roady knew it wasn’t right,” Blevins says.

Roady, a trucking Rotweiller, dons cool shades. Tim Blevins’ (left) owner of Roady, believes his pet saved his life.

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Drop Decks vs. Flatbed Trucks: Which Is Your Best Bet?

If you run a business, you may often have to transport goods from one place to another. But instead of investing in expensive trucks and freight trailers, why not outsource the task to professional transporting services? Not only will this save your resources, but you can also focus on more important business operations.

Before you acquire professional services for transportation of heavy equipment, you should know about the different types of trailers. Flatbeds and drop decks are two prominent types of trailers and here are a few tips to help you decide which option will work best for you:

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Why Flatbed Trucking Is Your Go-To Option?

If you’re into the transportation business where you move heavy equipment from one place to another, you should invest in the right trailers to make your work easier. Flatbed trailers are one of the most popular heavy equipment carriers that help you with your task.

Flatbed trucking options

Flatbed trailers work best for transporting construction materials, large equipment, and heavy machinery. Here are a few reasons why this type of trailer can be the right option for you:

Better Visibility

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Flatbed Trailer Rollovers: How to Prevent Road Accidents

5,000 people lose their lives every year due to accidents involving flatbed trailers. These alarming statistics suggest that trailer drivers should be more careful during driving to reduce the risk of road accidents.

Measures to prevent road accidents
Safety Road Word Travel Transportation Avoid Danger 3d Illustration

While these semi-trucks have good controls, the weight of the equipment and size and speed of the vehicle lead to accidents. But with the help of the following safety tips, you can drive your trailer in a safe way and won’t endanger your own life as well as that of others:

  1. Don’t Neglect Trailer Maintenance

Flatbed trailers work best for longer routes and accidents may occur if it’s not a god shape. So, Flatbed Freight Companies should make sure that vehicle is in good condition. Check its engine, tires, and body parts on a routine basis. You can also sign a contract with a maintenance service provider for this purpose. Continue reading “Flatbed Trailer Rollovers: How to Prevent Road Accidents”

Flatbed Hauling

Loads can be oversized and heavier in many ways. Flatbed Hauling Quotes serves many needs moving many types of freight. These types of flatbed loads must use a certified carrier. With the experience and professionalism of FBHQ, Inc., we are the best choice.

Flatbed Hauling Quotes is the best way to move freight. Considering the many challenges that new construction freight presents with unavailable docking. Whether picking up or delivering any load, timely scheduling ensures no one else is held up. At Flatbed Hauling Quotes, Inc. we specialize in these transportation challenges. We offer all the protection and security needed to ensure that it will arrive as anticipated. Flatbed Hauling Quotes has access to all trailer types. And for different transportation needs, situations and industries. Point A to point B communications practiced over land or water.

FBHQ operates through out the United States, Mexico and Canada on both an (LTL) and (FTL) basis.

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Women in Trucking Webinar The Gender Impact in Trucking

Women in Trucking Webinar The Gender Impact in Trucking: How to Recruit and Retain Women and the Data Behind It All Friday, November 30, 2018 12:00PM ET / 9:00 AM PT REGISTER NOW » Studies show that women make for safer, more reliable flatbed truck drivers, accounting for fewer preventable accidents, staying on the job longer, and driving more miles per month than their male counterparts. Join Women in flatbed Trucking’s complimentary webinar to learn the critical event data behind gender differences and how to effectively recruit and retain women in trucking. Data and fleet human resource experts will cover: Benefits of hiring and retaining women in flatbed trucking Gender differences in critical events and dwell time scenarios How non-binary gender identity impacts these findings, based on new data Steps fleets are taking to make the trucking industry comfortable for women https://wt.memberclicks.net/index.php…