There is a new trend in shipping, and that trend is using drop trailers. Following are three reasons why driving this type of vehicle is beneficial to you.
1. Save Time
If you have your choice to work for a company that uses drop trailers, consider yourself lucky. Driving this kind of truck will allow you more flexibility, and save you time. Why? You save time in the dropping off process.
Say you are driving a load across a state from Southern California to New Mexico. Once you arrive at your drop off spot in New Mexico, you will be able to drop your trailer and get a new one which is already loaded and ready to go.
You do not have to wait for your truck to be unloaded and then loaded back up again before you leave. This can save you hours of time that you would not even get paid for. If you are payed by the mile, as many truckers are, you waste time and give up money when you have to wait for your truck to be unloaded and then loaded back up.
It’s also helpful to those waiting to get your delivery, as they will not have to wait for your arrival before they can load a truck for you to take when you get there. They also have more flexibility as to when they can unload the truck, since you will not be waiting for them to do it. It saves you, as the driver, time, and it saves the warehouse workers you deliver to time.
2. Driver Safety
If you are delivering to a drop and hook customer, you are not usually in such a hurry to get to the destination because they will be able to take your trailer most any time day, or night. This process increases the productivity for both you and the customers you deliver to, because the customer can load and unload any time, and you as a driver can drop off and pick up loaded trucks whenever you choose.You will have much more flexibility in your schedule.
Because the time constraints aren’t so rigid with a drop trailer, you will have more time to take a nap if you need to, or stop and eat a meal if you so desire. As a result of being able to sleep for a few hours when you absolutely need to, you will drive safer on the road.
The flexibility of driving without a strict deadline is good for you in and of itself. Your nerves will not be as shot, and you will be able to drive much more alertly. If you are alert, then you will be able to practice safe driving.
3. Avoid Traffic
Because the customer you deliver to does not need to do a live unload or live load of a truck, you can drop the truck and leave if you want to. You can get to your destination in the in the middle of the night, or early in the morning. You can plan a time to get there when traffic is not high in the area.
This factor also contributes to safety, since driving in less traffic is easier on you and there are fewer vehicles on the road. With fewer vehicles, you will have less chance of getting into any accidents or collisions.
It’s a win-win situation for both you, as a trucker, and the customer you deliver to with drop and hook systems. A drop trailer allows you more freedom and choices with your time, and you will ultimately get paid more. To learn more, contact a company like Brockman Storage Trailers with any questions or concerns you have.Read More