Top 5 Things to Consider When Booking a Load
If you're new to the trucking industry there are probably a few things that slip your mind as you're searching for your next load. The task can be daunting at times, especially with the huge list of load boards available to carriers. Load boards simplify the process of finding available freight, but before you book your next load consider these five factors:
1. Do you have the right equipment for the load?
In many cases, special equipment such as lift gates or pallet jacks, are necessary to load or unload the product. If this equipment is not available during pickup and/or delivery – do not agree to haul the load.
2. Can you legally haul the weight of the shipment?
Each state has its own regulations for oversize, overweight, and heavy-haul freight shipping. Ensure you have the proper permits for the states you'll be traveling through to deliver the load.
3. Do you have the hours available to legally pick up and deliver the load?
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations are in place to keep truckers and other drivers safe while on the road. If timing is tight, take into consideration possible delays that could put pickup or delivery into late arrival status. If you know your driver cannot haul the load within legal limits, do not agree to the load tender.
4. Does the freight broker have a reload out of the facility?
Efficiency is the key to a profitable business as a motor carrier. Before you book one load, consider what will happen after delivery – can you find more freight close to where you'll deliver? In some cases, carriers can find backhaul freight to ensure their drivers are never hauling an empty trailer.
5. Have you read all the details of the load to ensure you meet requirements?
Shippers and receivers will often include additional directions on load tender documents. Important topics in the notes field can include contact information for facility personnel, information about the cargo being shipped, detention instructions, and more.
No matter what type of cargo you haul, understanding the basics of being a freight carrier is essential to your success. If you're looking for more options, become a J.B. Hunt approved contract carrier and book your next load on the J.B. Hunt Load Board!