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What Should be in a Pre-Trip Inspection for Heavy Hauling?

When individuals want to travel, they simply get in the car and go. That process is far more complicated for heavy haulers. There’s a myriad of systems that must be inspected before the load ever leaves for its destination. A CDL license is required to drive a tractor-trailer rig and individuals learn how to perform a pre-trip inspection during CDL school.

Pre-Trip Inspection

A pre-trip inspection is critical for safety of the driver, the load, and others on the road. The inspection is required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to ensure that everything is in safe operating condition. Infractions can result in fines or even having the truck immediately being pulled off the road if a driver is stopped by law enforcement or the Department of Transportation (DOT).

There are six levels of DOT inspections, with multiple systems to be inspected. Some items are checked weekly, while others are inspected daily. The following are just some of the basic inspection requirements as determined by the DOT.

Fluid levels

Leaks

Tires and rims

5th wheel

Tractor and trailer brake connections

Clutch

Shock absorbers

Ball joints

Kingpins

Gauges

Parking brake

Steering

Lights and reflectors

Horn

Windshield wipers

Mirrors

Coupling devices

Emergency equipment

 

Heavy haul drivers will also need to ensure that the load is amply secured and no loose tools or items are left lying on the trailer. The inspections that heavy haul drivers must perform may seem excessive to the average motorist, but it’s all done for safety’s sake. The measures prevent accidents due to situations ranging from brake failure and tire blowouts to trailers that come uncoupled.

Some common mistakes that drivers make is not ensuring the cleanliness of the cab, failure to chock the wheels, and keeping seatbelts properly maintained. A persistent problem is having a missing lug nut, along with not having paperwork in order. All those things can land drivers in hot water with inspectors.

Time is money for a heavy haul driver and it’s understandable that they want to be on the road quickly. There are no hard and fast rules about the time it takes to perform a pre-trip inspection, but smart drivers take their time.

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Timely International Machinery Transport

When the average person refers to international travel, they typically mean hopping on a plane and journeying overseas. For truckers, that can mean physically crossing out of the U.S. into Canada or Mexico. It also encompasses international machinery transport to a shipping port.

International Machinery Transport

A great deal of machinery is transported every year to other countries and owners rely on heavy haulers to get their equipment to its destination safely and on time. That freight can encompass anything from mining machinery and construction equipment to harvesters for the agricultural industry. It can also include aircraft engines, helicopters, wind generators, and oil rigs.

Prepping the Load

The first step in any heavy haul load is preparing the item to be transported. That means ensuring the item is clean and that all fluids have been removed from the equipment. Batteries and alarms must be disconnected, doors must be securely shut, and any loose parts or tools must be secured before international machinery transport.

Preparing the load for transport may also include partial disassembly for overland transport to the machinery’s destination or to fit in the allotted space aboard ship. In some instances, equipment being shipped via cargo ship may be exposed to the elements and sea water, requiring it to have a protective coating.

Routing

A direct route from A to B isn’t necessarily the most cost effective, nor will it ensure that the shipment arrives at its intended destination on time. Port fees and shipping departures vary by location. Professional heavy haulers are cognizant of the best routes and ports to accommodate their clients’ international machinery transport.

Documentation

Transporting machinery internationally requires a mountain of documentation to pass through customs or get the freight loaded onboard a ship. There will be multiple documents required and they tend, for the most part, to contain the same information. However, each document plays a different role in the chain of transport. Missing even a single document will result in delays, extra costs, and the potential of not arriving on time.

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Heavy Haul Drivers in High Demand

The trucking industry is facing a shortage of drivers and nowhere is that more evident than in the heavy haul industry. Heavy haul drivers are in extremely high demand due to their expertise in transporting heavy and bulky cargos – that can be worth millions of dollars – to their destination quickly, efficiently and safely.

Heavy Haul Drivers

Heavy haulers are specialists in transporting equipment, whether it’s from one state to another, to Canada or Mexico, or to ports for shipping overseas. Heavy haul drivers have an advanced level of expertise. One reason for the demand is that older drivers are retiring, while the need for heavy haul drivers is increasing. It’s estimated that approximately 1.1 million new drivers will need to be hired over the next 10 years within all areas of the trucking industry.

High Demand

From construction materials to high-end mining equipment, heavy haul companies are struggling to obtain the highly trained and experienced drivers they need. Failure to find those drivers is impacting deliveries now and the situation will only get worse as time goes on. A lack of heavy haul drivers has the potential to severely interrupt supply chains and the ability for companies to prosper.

Heavy haul drivers transport a wide diversity of items ranging from wind generator blades to submersibles and it’s a specialty service that requires an elevated level of safety, licensing and training to produce qualified drivers. Those drivers transport loads that exceed conventional width, height, length and weights using specially designed trailers.

Lifestyle

Being a heavy haul driver is also a lifestyle choice to which not everyone is suited, which further increases the demand for drivers. It requires a significant amount of time away from home. A substantial number of heavy haul drivers also opted to take traditional delivery truck positions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those actions and others resulted in a shortage of fully qualified heavy haul drivers to fill an increasing need.

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