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Trucking Season Starts

Let’s get the trucking season started.

As you are aware the weather is finally starting to clear up in the Northern states. Frost laws will again be completely lifted and we will move towards being in full swing again for another season. With consumer confidence comes more spending which in turn brings on more production which means you will all be busy and possibly even exceed your capabilities. Each year at this time we send out this reminder followed by reports on industry volumes, customer behavior and other news that is important to any company in the oversize and heavy haul trucking industry. Some of them you may like and others may bore you but for the benefit of your business we do suggest you read them all as more information is better than not enough. We will do our best to keep our communications brief and to the point.

Heavy haul loads.

Here are some key reminders for this time of the year:

• Fully inspect your truck/escort/pilot vehicle, tires, lights, gauges, etc to ensure everything is working in tip top shape.
• Be sure to inspect all of your radios and safety equipment making certain all signal flares and fire extinguishers are up to date.
• Drivers should prepare themselves mentally too. Remember first to protect the motorists, not the load. The load is insured. Things like erratic driving or hand signaling will only confuse a motorist and possibly provoke road rage creating potential for an accident. If a motorists does ever get in between a pilot car and the load whoever see’s it first needs to make everyone else aware, especially the driver of the truck. More than likely he will decide to slow the truck down and that problem will quickly resolve itself pretty quick.
• Driver nutrition. We be writing more about driver nutrition as the season continues but remember you’re whole outfit isn’t much without you. That means you have to take good care of yourself and truck stops and roadside diners aren’t notorious for being too concerned about much more than taste – some even lacking that!

Pilot car truck in lead position.

Finally, while being on the newsletter list is free we must charge a small fee to be in our different directories (heavy haul, oversize trucking companies and pilot car companies) that is as low as $4.16 a month. If you are in it, get your listing spruced up. Add more information about your company and the exact services you provide, upload new/additional photos. Each year we send a huge percentage of our million plus per month visitors to our heavy haul and oversize shippers directory as well as PiloTrac. Customers who wish to use this option can easily locate you as well as trucking company fleet managers, dispatchers, owner operators, etc can easily locate pilot cars via PiloTrac. No matter what service our viewers are looking for it’s much easier to locate a service provider by clicking on a map than it is trying to mine web data by doing search engine searches and sifting through the millions of results.  We’ve been doing this online since 2003 so have a pretty decent idea of what we’re doing.

As the 2017 heavy haul trucking season begins

Another season begins slowly with volumes down but this latest economic boost (growth of 1.2% in the first quarter!) tells us the future looks bright for the shipping industry. Signs of increasing consumer confidence are evident as we are starting to see sales of boats, swimming pools, machinery and auction equipment.

 

If you’re not already using the Wideload Shipping phone app you will want to. It works on both iPhone and Android phones and is available in the itunes and Google play store; simply search “Wideload Shipping” and click install.

If you wish to search by state, try searching with the state/province name abbreviation or fully spelled out in your search. This will show all loads/customers shipping to/from this state/province. Be sure to leave us feedback!

 

Remember PiloTrac.com is just a click away anywhere on the site and in the phone app.  Clicking on any of the links to pilot cars will take you to a live map with live pins in it. Simply click the pin for contact information.

 

Driver nutrition. This is a serious topic.

Drivers need balanced nutrition and healthy choices to stay “heart smart” and alert on the road. Truck stops and Road-side diners think more about their profit margins than being consumer conscientious.

We’ll be reporting much more on this topic throughout the summer to help drivers live longer, healthier lives… stay tuned!

 

Other quick reminders:

Check rig brakes, air and all fluids.

Inspect all signs, flags and brackets/holders.

Check all lights, turn signals and strobes.

Inspect safety equipment flares and extinguishers.

Check radio equipment, electronics, etc.

Make sure driver safety vest, jobsite hard hat’s in good shape, fits your driver and is in the cab handy.

If your drivers do not have TWIC cards, get them. There’s no reason you should miss out on work over something so trivial. Need a TWIC card? Need TWIC cards?.

 

We expect a solid season with driver safety at the top of the list and driver nutrition to follow. Please consider these issues as they promote a healthy, sustainable and profitable company.

 

Until next time,

 

WideloadShipping.com

 

Example of marketing letter.

MARKETING LETTER EXAMPLE

 

Dear: (Contact name or company name listed on posting)

We noticed that your posted a load on WideloadShipping.com that would be perfect for us as we regularly service this lane of traffic and our trailers were designed to haul (product name). While we were unable to move the load you had we wanted to take this time to introduce ourselves in case you need further service. Our company has been in business since (put in date) and has the capability of transporting (van, refer, etc.) as well as heavy haul/oversize equipment and goods.

Oversize load hauler.

This is a step deck trailer with an oversize load sign on the back of it. It looks like it’s empty – something we aim to prevent.

Our company is well equipped to deal with loads ranging in size from your largest number to your largest number.

NaviLow bridge height for pilot cars and trucking companies

NaviLow bridge height for pilot cars and trucking companies.

A few years back we realized that we would need to put together some sort of routing software that above many wishes for functionality would have bridge heights and utility obstructions. Bridge weights would be great too but will come in the future. Slowly but surely we’ve been collecting bridge heights on our own as well as got thousands of them submitted from you. We managed to save every single coordinate submitted and today that list continues to grow. With the anticipation of sharing this data someday we even came up with a name for it, “NaviLow”. With the help of technology we are now able to collect this data faster and more efficiently than before which is why we created a free phone app.

With this free ad free app that is available for both Android and iPhone one can click a button that will automatically collect the GPS coordinates. Then select the height of the obstruction and click submit. This will send the height and location data to us pinned to a map that you can’t see called a ESRI map for us to verify. Once verified it goes into our database that we will share with everyone else soon.

Types of overhead data to submit.

We’re looking for all data that crosses over the road or highway. If it crosses over the road or highway or any other route a truck might take then we want to know about it. That includes bridges, power lines, traffic lights, cable lines, fast food and fuel island covers, trees, railroad bridges, you name it we want it. Anything at all over head that may come in the route of a truck.

Using the application in your phone.

First and foremost for your own safety we do not wish for users to use the program while driving. The best thing you can do is to pull over at the overhead obstruction and then submit the data. If not and you have a co-pilot let them handle reporting the overhead data submission. In most (if not all) states and provinces it is illegal to use your cell phone while driving and that includes texting or using apps. The reason we are gathering this data is for public safety and to prevent accidents. Let’s not get hurt while collecting the data either.

At this point we’re assuming you have already went to iTunes or Google Play and downloaded the application. It’s a pretty easy what you see is what you get app. When you push the red button it collects your location data within milliseconds.

Clicking the red button will submit your GOS coordinates.

When you open up the current NaviLow APP in your phone this is the first thing you will see. When you click this red button it collects the Longitude and Latitude data from your location. The next screen will allow you to select the height.

How to select the height of the obstruction.

Once you click the red button and capture the data you will be taken to this screen which will allow you to select the height of the utility (or otherwise) obstruction you are reporting. Simply scroll down to select the proper height. Once selected you are ready to submit it.

Selecting the overhead height.

Once you have completely selected the height data for the overhead obstruction you are reporting your screen will look like this. In addition at the bottom there is a button that says “submit data”. For some reason it didn’t show up on our screen capture but it’s there. Once you click this button of course it will submit the data and you will be completed. Below are a couple of other messages you may see.

Overhead reporting completed.

If you see this you are fully completed with the overhead obstruction utility reporting process and can either close the app or wait until you come across the next obstruction you wish to report.

Location data must be enabled.

Make sure you have location data turned on for this individual application in order to capture your locations and for the application to work properly. If you see this error pop up you will know that location data is not turned on for this app. Simply go into your settings, locate the app and then enable it in order to proceed. You may need to restart the app after doing so.

Terms of service agreement.

This screen is our terms of service agreement (TOS). It is located in the app as well as online. Make sure you agree to these terms before using the app. If you do not agree to them simply uninstall the application from your device and do not continue. The basics of our TOS is that we will respect your privacy and will not share anything other than the data collected with anyone else. You also agree to not use the application while operating a moving vehicle or machinery. It covers liability and usage of the product as well as other legal issues and you are encouraged to read all of it.

We hope that you will choose to participate in the gathering of overhead clearance and obstruction data. This information is good for the industry to have access to and will help reduce accidents as well as damages to both private and public property. If you have any comments, concerns or ideas that you would like to share with us please do so. Eventually in the future we will include more tools in the application and users will be able to see the location of all of the obstructions reported as well as update them and continue to report new ones as well as other functions.

New truck posting feature

New truck posting feature

Check out our new truck posting feature!

Carriers – Since technology and development money is in your long deserved corner we decided to add a new feature to your new loadboard and phone app; truck posting. While truck posting may not be the most popular thing in our industry as some loads require a lot of planning we have noticed more and more loads being posted with ASAP as the ship date. Researching it we learned a high percentage of these ASAP posts were on the smaller, lighter side making them easier to transport as all you needed was permits and you could roll. So while truck posting here is going to take a little time to get going the end result is going to make it well worth it even if it’s just for extra fuel to go in your desired direction. So, make sure you post with persistence and remember even one load from a direct customer can make all of the difference in the world. To use this new feature simply login it your account and click on “Post Trucks”.

Connect your loadboard account to your iPhone today!

Connect your loadboard account to your iPhone today!

We will be adding this feature to the iPhone app and the update will be available within the next few days. As far as the Android app goes our development team is working on it now and completion date will be sometime within the next week we’re hoping. On a last note the actual display page of your posted trucks will probably change looks a few time over the next week until we can get it ironed out the way we want it so don’t put too much thought into that. Links for customers will be on the front page, under the “Trucks” menu in the navigation bar, the “thank you” page after they’ve posted a load and a few other strategic locations throughout the website. To view the page click here. Your feedback is welcome by simply clicking on the “feedback” button located on the left of your screen from most pages on the site.

With that said, keep on trucking and don’t take cheap freight!

Regards,
WideloadShipping.com

iPhone app is ready to download

iPhone app is ready to download

iPhone app is ready to download

Our new loadboard has some new features you’re all going to like. With that comes a new iPhone application that will let you take the power of WideloadShipping.com with you wherever you go. Simply go to the iTunes app store and search the term “wideload” and download the app that has our logo in blue. Once installed on your iPhone open the app and enter your username and password and you are in. Note we built a hot link directly to PiloTrac in case you need to know where pilot cars are available live and in real time. We also built in a archive so now all of the direct customers are saved into it in case you wish to do some marketing.

iPhone application

Also, later in the week we will be adding a truck posting feature and will send out notifications instructing you on how to update the app properly in order to use this feature. Now customers that need right here right now service can get it as long as your diligent about posting your trucks! Android users don’t worry you are not left out. We will be releasing a Android version of app within the next 10 days so you can go to the Google Play store and install a copy as well with all of the same great features.

Enjoy!

 

WideloadShipping.com

New loadboard, phone apps and more.

Carriers we’ve got a whole new loadboard and phone apps coming soon.

Good news! As we told you last year we would complete the live pilot car system (PiloTrac – pilotrac.com) and then give the carrier loadboard a makeover with additional features. We’ll if you haven’t noticed we’ve done just that! The loadboard now has a whole new look and more features. One of the ones is the archive system. Now when a direct customer posts a load it will be placed in our archives so you can market that customer at a later date if you wish. More functionality has been added the the actual posting system as well. Now get ready for this; look for the phone app to show up in Apples iTunes store next week. Yep, that’s right. Simply install the free app on your phone, enter your username and password and you are connected to the system. Now you can take WideloadShipping.com with you and have access to the loadboard as well as the pilot car directory, regulations for all of North America and more… The app will be available in the Google Play store as well as Amazon Underground for those of you using Android based phones as well in the later part of next week.

Next on the list is a complete makeover for the directory. Those of you who are sporting your company in our oversize and heavy haul trucking directory will have a whole new look and make your company not only look better but attract more customers as well as the coding will be state of the art drawing the search engines even nearer than they already are. If you don’t know about our oversize trucking and heavy haul carrier directory consider this; even a premium listing is only $100 a year. That’s .27 a day! Direct customers that have freight they consider on the more private side of things like the DOD, Hollywood industry, NASA and many more that do not wish to publicly post their freight will go to the directory and call you direct. Worth it’s weight in gold!

Look for more great additions soon. We will send out notifications as soon as the phone apps are released and until then have a safe trip on the road drivers!

How much does oversize trucking pay?

How much does oversize trucking pay?

One has to ask themselves that doesn’t know, just how much does oversize trucking pay? Is a driver for a oversize trucking company paid more money? How much more?

How much does oversize trucking pay?

Does shipping oversize loads pay more money? If so, how much more do they pay?

There are a few different ways to look at it. From the perspective of a driver of a truck that works for a oversize load trucking company and how much he gets paid or you are the owner of an oversize trucking company. Which one gets paid the most? Well let’s have a look at it.

  • If you are a truck driver and specialize in shipping oversize equipment and machinery then yes you are probably going to get paid more money as this is a specialized field. However, you need to consider a few things.
  • Did you go to oversize trucking school or take any classes?
  • How much experience do you have with oversize loads and machinery?

Also, there are other things to consider like the seasons of the year and are of the frost laws in effect? Or how is the economy? Just these two questions alone can factor in a huge variable is far as someone’s salary or pay is concerned. If the weather is bad and the frost laws are in effect then you know there’s going to be a shortage of specialized freight. Meaning, you won’t have that much work. So while you may be getting paid more per mile or hourly, you may have more downtime as well. A good example for the economy is this year 2016. Check out some of our predictions. Consumer spending is down. The uneasiness that is being created by the elections that will be held later this year has the average person being tighter with their money. With that said, manufacturing will be down so manufacturers will not be looking to expand and possibly purchase new specialized and oversized equipment. Equipment that will not need to be shipped. Before you think it, of course frost laws involve only heavy haul freight. But if these carriers don’t have work they will look for it in the next place they can – specifically targeting oversize loads which will again create a shortage. This will in turn effect how much you get paid – whether you’re the owner, the operator or both.
Now. Speaking solely for the owner of a oversize trucking company and payments. Yes payment is the key word. Remember that owning a specialized trailer is going to cost you more money meaning your monthly payments are going to be higher and your insurance is going to be higher too. So unless you have a huge customer database getting paid more money might prove to be difficult. While you will get paid more money for the jobs that you do, will you be able to keep that truck loaded with oversize loads?

So hopefully that answers your question. Yes. A truck driver or owner operator does get paid more money for hauling oversize loads. Oversize loads pay much more per mile. The wider it is the higher the rate is. The key to that question is does the owner of the truck and trailer have the customer database to support it?

Here is a break down of average trailer type driver jobs and what they pay:

Oversize load truck driver pay average: $53,125 – $90,000
Oversize Loads – Truck drivers pulling oversize loads have quite a bit more to do than just load the product and hit the road. You have to have specialized oversize load permits, routing that determines the exact roads you will drive and in many cases a lead, chase or high pole pilot car or truck escort driver to escort the shipment in order to protect motorists. Plus as mentioned above you have to have quite a few years in the truck before a oversize trucking company will consider hiring you. Also consider there are a huge amount of trailer types ranging from a flatbed, step-deck, rgn to a perimeter frame deck and about 20 other types in between those above. You will be required to know exactly how to operate these trailers in order to get hired on as a oversize truck driver and paid more money.

Flatbed trailer.

Flatbed truck driver pay average: $47,890
Flatbed Trailers – Freight can vary greatly from heavy equipment, finished products and even industrial machinery. Flatbed truck drivers must secure their loads using special strapping equipment. Many loads are required to be tarped with huge water proof heavy tarps protect against weather. These tarps are heavy and hard to work with for the average person. Flatbed freight usually pays more money when compared to refrigerated, dry van shipments. Flatbed drivers usually require a little more training on how to properly secure a shipment to the deck of the trailer.

Rear dump, end dump trailer.

Dump truck driver pay average: $24,500 – $52,000
Dump Trucks: Driver pay for dump truck drivers and/or other construction type vehicle drivers can range widely from employer to employer and actual dump truck type. Ranging from end dump, belly dump and even tip trailers these drivers are usually paid an hourly rate depending on exactly what the company does.

Standard refrigerated trailer.

Refrigerated truck driver pay average: $38,996
Refrigerated Trailers – One of the advantages of having a refrigerated (or reefer) trailer is that the driver can ship various commodities ranging from dry goods (as discussed below), refrigerated/frozen freight and even ship all three at the same time if using a bulk head which consists of movable temporary foam walls. However, you have to keep in mind that a refrigerated trailer requires a motor to power the refrigerated unit on the trailer. When you factor into the equation the maintenance and fuel costs of keeping this extra unit going it hurts the bottom line numbers of your profit. Truck drivers who pull refrigerated trailers are paid just a little bit more than dry van operators.

Dry van truck driver pay average: $36,230
Dry van trailers: Loads will vary from toilet paper to diapers or packing materials and even onions if the trailer has vents in it. Watermelon and pumpkins can be shipped in a dry van as well weather permitted. Drivers in this field require little training other than passing the test to have a CDL endorsement on your drivers license.

Food service truck driver pay average: $60,000 +
Food Service industry: Food service industry drivers make deliveries to restaurants and other food related establishments. This can be a lucrative, high profit operation depending on the client that is being delivered too. A good portion of food service drivers are home every night and enjoy good pay. The work can be physically demanding as each driver must unload his trailer by hand.

LTL truck driver pay average: $62,000
LTL (Less than truck load): LTL drivers make many pick-ups and deliveries on a regular assigned route. Some LTL drivers may also have a regular shuttle route to move truckloads but are often home every night. The profit for LTL companies is higher than long haul companies and allows them to pay higher wages to their drivers. These are highly sought after positions within the trucking community.

 

Notes: Geographic locations can play a huge factor in how much a truck driver can ear. Such as a company based out of Kentucky would pay less than a trucking company based out of New York.
Trucking companies that have a smaller corporate structure such as long haul trucking companies tend to have a higher turn over rate than large corporate drivers. Typically this is due to management which is much less likely to violate work law than a smaller company. Laws governing how many hours are worked in a day as well as commission based jobs that pay per mile.

We’d love to hear from you. Do you have any ideas, questions, comments of concerns? Perhaps you have in-depth knowledge you can share with others. Please don’t be shy as we like to hear from our viewers and our viewers like to hear what others have to say so share it below!

Here comes the 2016 oversize trucking season!

Here comes the 2016 oversize trucking season!

Finally, it looks like the 2016 heavy haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will start very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2015 oversize trucking season was very short lived with freight volumes extremely low. Economic indicators for 2016 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its expansion (although not as big as in previous years). That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a decent year. While the heavy haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. Companies like the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service the industry. Over the past few decades we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy haul industry suffers much longer from a short term financial blow as equipment costs add so much more money to a companies operating costs and overhead.

Freightliner tractor for equipment transporting.

So what do we think about 2016 and freight volumes?

In general we think 2016 will be a difficult year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record breaking highs in freight volumes it is our general thought that 2016 will bring some much needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to brush up existing advertising as well as create new avenues.

Here are a few noteworthy items about 2016 freight volumes:

  • Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as sea. This hurts us as far a wind energy equipment shipping goes.
  • This is an election year and consumer spending is down so far. Another issue is the candidates. Nobody is real certain where the candidates will be as far as decision making once someone is elected. You know just as well as us these candidates will say anything to get elected but once in office have a whole new story. It’s hard for companies that create huge projects to forecast what their capabilities are for new construction projects. So not a lot is expected to hit the table for this year. This hurts us as well.
  • The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items that need to be sold. That heavy equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be good in 2016 with the over all freight volume getting some help from this area.
  • The US government has a huge inventory of old surplus airplanes and parts in the Arizona desert. Much of this equipment will be sold this year which will also help the over all freight volumes.

It’s going to be another tough year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2016 are the ones that are advertising savy.

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Pilot cars need to relax

Pilot cars need to relax!

There’s no doubt about it that the winter time is hard on a pilot car company. This is one reason why pilot car companies need to be wiser with there money when they do have it. Put that money away for the lean season. When winter time and the early spring months come, you’re going to need it!

the slow time of the year

Right now is a very busy time for us. From ad campaigns to developing software and making sure all of our carriers are happy we’re just flat out busy right now. In the midst of this one can’t help but to notice a few things.
As every year the pilot cars have it real tough at this time of the year. It appears that everyone is running (in every direction they can run) and most are unsatisfied with their results with the exception of the true veterans of the industry. We’ve had pilot car companies sign up in the dead of winter this year only to demand a refund within 30 days or so. Our basic service is $4.16 a month! When there’s no freight running there simply isn’t any. This is the equivalency to shooting your company in both feet (at the same time). One thing to consider is we’re not a brokerage supported website nor do we wish to perpetuate the industry in this direction. Our objective is to connect pilot car companies direct with carriers – not people skimming nickels and dimes (per mile) in a unregulated industry. While we don’t support freight brokerage either at least they are required to have a bond and a Federal MC#. Frost laws, the economy and what we refer to as “chaotic theory” all play a factor in determining freight volumes. This year is no different than any other and the official “boom” will happen sometime between the first of May and as late as the end of June just as it does every year.
Prepare for the slow times of the year.
When a pilot car company (or any company for that matter) is stressed out and having a hard time and decides to leave a company as heavily armed as WideloadShipping (online for almost 15 years, top of the search engines, has the trucks doing business on site and takes almost 2 million hits a month during peak months) because they are frustrated during the slowest months of the year they are like any other human being. They are going to think thoughts like “oh, they don’t like me as I quit using them” or “i’m embarrassed because I acted poorly in an email I sent to them” or even worse think they actually got ripped off. Whatever the scenario for $4.16 a month there is no way under the moon and the stars a company can go wrong on a deal like that for more than 20 reasons but here’s a quick 10:
  • You’re getting your name in the marketplace cheaply.
  • Not only that but ask yourself why are the trucking companies here?
  • Our site has so much history it is a trusted site.
  • We place exceptionally well in all related terms so customers can find you.
  • If you have your own website just the link from ours to yours is worth over $300 a yr.
  • Again, as far as popularity you are also connected to your Facebook account.
  • You are linked to your Twitter account.
  • You are linked to your Google account.
  • You are linked to your Google+ account.
  • You are linked to your YouTube account and can show your videos.

This is just a few of the more positive items rambled off real quickly. If we wanted to brag it wouldn’t be very hard. The point is, we offer a very affordable value oriented service and if just one company get’s left behind in all of the years of effort we have put into the heavy haul and oversize trucking industry we are not doing our jobs properly.

As far as pilot car companies are concerned it certainly isn’t where our company get’s it’s bread and butter for sure. Count the pins in the map then just assume each customer has a premium account (which they do not). You will quickly see this is a labor of love and we do it for our carriers, not financial gains as the money just simply isn’t there folks.
If you are one of the companies that has had a hard time with the new pilot car system you can rest assure we are not harboring any feelings towards you and if anything are looking for your presence so we can service our carriers. Send us an email so you can get your account back on track and learn how the system can work for you. Even if you don’t prefer to live post at least get your permanent home base pin is in its proper location and your listing not only looking good but reading well also. Save your money, be smart with your spending and add a few years to your life by relaxing. This slow time too shall end.

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