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Types of freight, trucks and trailers.

How Different Freight, Trucks and Trailers Get the Job Done

There are so many different types of trucks on the road that some equipment might look the same. And in the trucking industry, there are certainly many types of trucks and loads to get the job done. However, they do often differ in the types of loads they transport. There are also different types of trailers for specific types of freight. With that in mind, let’s break down freight, trucks, and trailers and hit the highlights.

Truck Driver Detention

Driver Detention Continues to Be a Growing Trucking Industry Problem

Most of us remember high school detention. We did something wrong and had to stay over an hour after class or even on a Saturday. But for truckers, detention may still feel like punishment if even they did nothing wrong. That’s when a trucker arrives at a customer for loading or unloading and the manpower isn’t ready or the paperwork isn’t prepared. Then they wait, which takes up valuable time and eats away at future profits. We tell you what carriers can look for in customers so that they minimize the risk of driver detention.

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How a Load Board Helps Truckers Find Great Loads

Truckers need loads to stay in business. They need loads that pay well from trustworthy brokers and shippers. They also need loads that are easy to find.

Load boards are the quickest and most widely accessible way to find truck loads. Even truckers lucky enough to run dedicated lanes or haul under contracts most likely began those relationships by finding that first load on a load board.

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Brokers, Shippers, and Freight Forwarders: What’s the Difference?

If you’re a carrier, be it a trucking company fleet owner or an owner-operator, you know you want great loads that pay well. You also know you want customers you can trust to get paid on time and establish great relationships with customers to haul for again and again.

But do you know the difference between freight brokers, shippers, and freight forwarders? Let’s look at each so you have a better understanding of where loads originate. That helps make the haul even smoother.