Flatbed Transportation

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Flatbed transportation is the way to go when the load is heavy and huge, when it's tree trunks or graders, jet engines or conduits. Driving a flatbed takes a special skill that you have to spend some time learning. You need to know about loading and strapping, and you especially need to know how to drive up hills, around corners, in heavy traffic, and in the middle of town.

It takes a determined driver to handle a heavy load strapped or chained to a flatbed. At every stop, you need to check the moorings to make sure the load is secure. You need to comply with state and Federal regulations at all times. Even more important, you need to be aware of every other driver on the road all the time. There's no room for getting too tired to drive and no excuse for not stopping to rest.

Flatbed Transportation Basics

Once you understand that flatbed driving requires more skill than handling just about any other rig, you can get the training you need, possibly even intern with an experienced flatbed driver. A few weeks on the road, essentially practicing, will make all the difference in the world to your confidence. Once you're a flatbed pro, you'll be able to handle a greater variety of loads.

Many companies hauling flatbed loads lease 90% of their trucks. If you own a flatbed and can handle it, you may be able to reap the rewards that come with mastering the skills needed for flatbed trucking. Check out the loads that are available and see if flatbed driving is for you.

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