Hot Shot Trucking

FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in hot shot trucking. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers with the right trucks and trailers for the job at hand.

What is Hot Shot Trucking?

When time is of the essence and you need to transport a load quickly, hot shot trucking is an excellent option. In addition to having a truck, operators in this industry typically have multiple trailers ready to go at a moment’s notice for hauling light- and medium-sized loads. While many hot shot truck drivers work locally or regionally, some are willing to cross state lines or even deliver loads across the country.

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Truck driver ready to hit the road

What Do Hot Shot Truckers Do?

Hot shot truckers specialize in time-sensitive loads, usually for situations where failing to deliver items within a certain time period could cause company downtime or even shut down productivity. The types of loads that hot shot truckers commonly carry include construction equipment, such as wheel loaders, excavators, skid steers, forklifts, and other heavy machinery; construction site-related materials; agricultural equipment; and much more. Most drivers in the hot shot trucking world are experienced at hauling a variety of load types, but it’s important to vet them thoroughly before enlisting their services.

Hot Shot Truck & Trailer Types

Most hot shot trucks are Class 3 to Class 6 medium-duty trucks ranging from 10,001 to 26,000 pounds (roughly 4,500 to 11,800 kilograms). Popular brands include Dodge RAM, GMC, Ford F-Series, and Peterbilt medium-duty models. Operators can couple their trucks with a wide range of trailers depending on the load, but common types include flatbed trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, drop-deck trailers, lowboy trailers, and gooseneck trailers. Choosing the right type of trailer depends on the weight and dimensions of the load, so be the driver has as much information as possible about the load to ensure safe transport.

Hot shot trucker securing mini excavators
Hot shot trucker with load ready for transport

When To Use Hot Shot Trucking

The primary benefit of hot shot trucking is speed. Many people who enlist the services of a hot shot truck driver are on a strict deadline and need to get a load from point A to point B as quickly as possible. However, just because the delivery process is quick, that doesn’t mean customers should settle for an unqualified driver—even if it seems more convenient.

Hot Shot Load Board

FR8Star streamlines the process for drivers to find loads that meet their needs. Quick filters on our Hot Shot Load Board make it easy to narrow your search for the loads that meet your specific needs.

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Use FR8Star To Find Hot Shot Truckers

Fortunately, FR8Star streamlines the process of finding drivers of all kinds, including those who specialize in hot shot trucking. FR8Star does this by offering shippers access to its network of reputable drivers with the right trucks and trailers for the job at hand.

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