Flatbed Trucking

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Flatbed trucking companies are looking for skilled drivers who know how to load a rig, how to strap a load down, and how to maneuver unusual or oversized loads on busy highways. They often hire driver teams with the expertise to manage the kinds of loads that ride the flatbeds. There's no doubt about it--it takes special drivers to handle flatbeds.

Compared to driving any other rig, flatbed driving is much more physical. It involves checking the load periodically, even climbing up and over the load sometimes to determine whether it's secure. Because of the special skills and commitment to safety required of flatbed drivers, flatbed companies are always looking for experienced drivers or driver teams.

Hauling the Big Loads

Flatbed trucking loads are often unusual. They can be heavier than other loads, sometimes weighing more than the truck that's hauling them. They can be awkward or wide loads that can't be handled with anything other than huge chains that the driver must be able to secure. They can be tall, heavy machinery that could be prone to tipping if the rig is not handled skillfully.

If you are an experienced flatbed driver, you will be in demand much of the year every year. This can be especially true if you own your own flatbed because many flatbed companies lease most of their rigs. You have to be pretty strong to handle a flatbed, but if you have the experience and the commitment, it can be a very lucrative profession.


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