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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

 

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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