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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.
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.
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
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