As long as people are selling goods and moving them from one place to another, there will be jobs in the trucking industry.
Whether you work the long haul or strictly local, you will need to know what type of jobs are available, and be aware of the pros and cons for each.
Knowing what kind of trailer you will be hauling will give you a good indication of what type of freight you will be hauling. With a variety of freight available, clients expect a variety of trucks to meet there needs. There are basically two distinctions when it comes to the type of truck, or more accurately, trailer you will be driving: refrigerated and non-refrigerated.
A refrigerated trailer, commonly referred to as a reefer, is used to transport any good that needs to maintain a certain temperature. Non-refrigerated trailers have no temperature control and are comprised mostly of containers, flat beds, and tankers trailers.
The Cooler Trailers
As long as people keep buying produce, these types of trucks are in demand. Produce is the most commonly transported good moved by refrigerated freight, but it is by no means the only thing moved in refrigeration. If you need to haul dry goods, just turn of the reefer and you have a dry box capable of moving non-refrigerated material.
One of the draw backs to driving a reefer trailer is the possibility refrigeration unit failure. A failed refrigeration unit can make a shipment of produce spoil—making your haul a bust.
Boxes and Flat Beds
The most common type of trailer seen on the road today is the container trailer, or dry box. These are used to move dry goods that need no refrigeration. A draw back to driving a box trailer really depends on the market: if all you have is a box trailer and the customer needs a reefer, you’ll have to pass on the job and wait for another.
Flab bed trailers are often used to carry construction equipment. These shipments are usually the type that can be exposed to the elements. It is important that all cargo is properly secured while driving these rigs; the most common cause of accident reported with these trucks results from improperly securing the cargo.
Tankers Require More
A qualified tanker driver can make a great deal of money. Tankers transport liquid and gaseous cargo from one location to another. Often these cargos are highly pressurized and are very hazardous. Drivers of tankers need to be trained in the handling of whatever chemical they will be hauling.
The varying types of freight require varying skill levels needed in the driver. If you are just entering the trucking field, you may need additional training and experience to haul certain material. For more information on the industry or parts services contact 99 Truck Parts toll free at 1-800-663-6460.