Hauling Freight

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Hauling freight can take many forms. Most people are intimately familiar with the main form of shipping, namely trucking. No matter what the time of day, whether it is a weekend or a holiday, trucks are moving all over the world. While many people recognize eighteen wheelers, there are also a wide variety of other trucks carrying freight.

Types of Haulers

Flat bed trucks carry loads that do not fit into standard trailers. These loads can include trees, huge pieces of machinery, pre-fabricated bridge components, building trusses, and even other trucks. Box trucks, such as those used by local carriers are also hauling freight on a regular basis. Both trucks and containers are hauled by rail as well. Just about everything can be shipped by water, via oceans lakes and rivers. The use of air freight has been growing for decades.

In fact, all types of freight may be included in the transit of goods from an origination point to the end user. The process can include moving the freight from one type of hauler to another. Some truck drivers travel thousands of miles each week moving products literally across the country. Others drive dedicated lanes which allows them to enjoy a predictable work schedule and to become familiar with customers' products.

More Freight Hauling Options

Tanker trucks carry water treatments, solvents, polymers, other chemicals, and even milk and gasoline. Specialized freight, such as glass for the auto industry or for the construction of commercial buildings is generally carried on flat bed trucks that are customized for that purpose. Some drivers work in teams. Others cover only certain areas of the country in order to have as much at-home time as possible.


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