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Understanding the Difference Between Tow Straps and Recovery Straps

November 30, 2021 10:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The terms tow straps and recovery straps often get used interchangeably when talking about straps for hot shot trucking hauls, but it’s important to know that they’re not the same thing. Continue reading to learn the differences between the two types of straps. Tow straps Tow straps are usually made from polypropylene or Dacron, so they don’t stretch when they’re tying down a cargo load or hauling another vehicle. Each strap has a hook that’s designed to attach to predefined towing spots on the vehicle being transported. Towing straps aren’t ideal for transporting a vehicle long distances, though. For that, we’ll want a cradle or tow bar to handle most of the load. Recovery straps The main difference between tow... View Article

When to Hire a Flatbed Trucking Service

November 16, 2021 10:37 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

A flatbed truck is often your best bet when you need to get a large load from one destination to another. Flatbed trailers are 53 feet long and 102 inches wide and don’t have walls or a roof. As long as the load is properly secured, you can transport pretty much anything and everything on a flatbed. But some goods are better suited for flatbed trucking than others. Continue reading to learn more about residential and commercial flatbed trucking purposes: Building materials: Lumber, scaffolding, concrete, brick and any other construction materials are typically moved on a flatbed truck. Flatbeds are the preferred trucks for these heavy materials because they can be easily loaded and unloaded with cranes. Construction equipment: It’s... View Article

Major Differences Between an LTL and a Full Truckload

November 1, 2021 5:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Before considering their differences, it’s first important to answer the question, “What is an LTL and a full truckload?” A full truckload (FTL) is when one truck is responsible for an entire shipment. This usually involves the use of a Class 8 tractor with a 53’ dry van trailer. On the other hand, a less than truckload (LTL) allows for multiple shipments from different shippers on one truck. How are LTL and full truckloads used? Both LTL and full truckload carriers are great transport options, though choosing the right one can depend on your exact needs and wants. LTL carriers are a great option for those who have freight shipments less than 15,000 pounds. They are also a more inexpensive... View Article

What Is an Oversized Load, and How Is It Transported?

October 18, 2021 5:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Everyone has seen a truck with a sign that reads either “Oversize Load” or “Wide Load” on the highway. These often signal that the truck is transporting large manufacturing equipment or similar machinery—but what is involved in transporting an oversized load? There’s actually a lot that goes into transporting oversized loads, especially when it comes to safety regulations. Read on if you’re interested in learning more about oversized load transportation. Oversized load measurements The measurement requirements for an oversized or wide load can vary depending on which state you’re in. In general, anything wider than 8.5 feet is considered an oversized load. There are usually extra requirements if the loads range from 12 to 14 feet wide. Shipments higher than... View Article

Best Ways for Truckers to Stay Safe

October 13, 2021 11:22 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Truckers put thousands of miles a week on their treads, often, driving the same routes over and over again. It can become second-nature to hop in the cab and hit the road, but all it takes is one moment of inattentive driving to put you, your truck, your cargo and anyone else on the road in harm’s way. After all, the roadways are filled with potential pitfalls and hazards for those who aren’t sharp behind the wheel. Bottom line? It’s imperative that truckers take extra precautions to stay safe on the roads. Fortunately, there are several easy ways for truckers to stay safe while driving. Here are some tips on how to stay safe if you’re a truck driver. Take... View Article