You may have heard about shipping goods using a flatbed truck. But do you know exactly what flatbed delivery is? Flatbed truck shipping can be defined as the open transportation of over sized cargo. Instead of being enclosed in trailers, cargo is loaded and transported on flat platforms without walls.
What is delivered by flatbed truck? Flatbed trucks can carry a wide variety of items that are too large or awkward to transport in a typical dry van trailer. Typical examples include heavy equipment such as tractors and forklifts, lumber, long pipes, molded concrete objects, packaged and stackables products, shipping containers and so on. However, keep in mind that flatbed trucks are not weather-resistant. It is not an appropriate shipping option for products that require refrigeration or must not be exposed to the elements.
Safety tips for flatbed truck senders
Following some simple safety tips can help minimize the risk of shipping flatbed trucks, here are tips you should do;
- Respect weight restrictions. Each truck has a gross vehicle weight rating. This is the maximum amount that can safely be weighed by the entire combination, including truck, trailer and cargo, including fuel, passengers and more. Never accept a load that will cause you to exceed the weight of the vehicle.
- Wear personal protective equipment when loading and unloading. Accidents can happen during loading and unloading, so always wear a hard hat, safety vest and goggles. Gloves can also help protect hands and improve grip.
- Never move unsafe loads. It may be tempting to move the truck a few yards out of the way before securing the load, but it’s a risk. Drivers are responsible for the load as soon as it’s in the truck, so take the time to make sure it’s secure.
- Check the load after one hour. While the load can shift at any time, this most often occurs within the first hour of driving. Pull over to a safe place and check the load after an hour of driving.
- Check your equipment daily. Even small truck problems can cause serious accidents when hauling heavy flatbed loads. Before and after daily driving, check all combinations, paying close attention to tires, wheels and valve caps.
Below is a daily inspection checklist for flatbed trucks that you should have right now.