More information about car hauling
Automobile hauling equipment is a necessity for companies involved in moving large numbers of vehicles for any purpose. Examples include:
• Vehicle manufacturers delivering to dealerships
• Used car dealerships having purchased several vehicles to be picked up and transported for resale
• Dealership delivering “trade in” vehicle to auction sites
• Used part dealers hauling “totaled” or other vehicles who only worth is the sale of undamaged parts
Depending on the number of vehicles be carried, automobile hauling equipment may include a flatbed trailer or, more often, an open trailer with two “stacked decks” capable of hauling a dozen or more vehicles. Companies using automobile hauling equipment may have their own fleets or contract with carriers or owner operators to transport their cargo.
As will any type of specialized trailer, the driver needs to be trained in the challenges needed to haul automobile trailers. Likewise, driver must be fully trained in the operation of the equipment, including loading, securing, and offloading vehicles. Likewise, drivers pulling a load of vehicles may carry cargo worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Drivers must take special care to ensure not only safety in the form of prevention of accidents but the safety of cargo as well.
Unless a company employee, drivers of automobile haulers will likely be contracted and paid by the mile, a combination of miles and vehicles hauled, or a flat fee. One thing to keep in mind is that automobile hauling drivers, especially those working with manufacturers, must take special care to ensure the cargo reaches its destination safely. Because of the value of a fully loaded, double-decked automobile hauling trailer and the special care necessary in delivering the cargo, experienced drivers can expect to be paid a premium.
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A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a driver's license required to operate large, heavy, or hazardous material vehicles in the US. The “class” of CDL a truck driver needs depends on the type of commercial motor vehicle operated. A truck driver may hold a CDL in one of three classes: Class A, Class B, and Class C.
For a detailed explanation of the different classes of CDLs, visit Truck Driving Job Resources.
Driver Type refers to the employment arrangement a driver operates. The most common truck driver arrangements include:
- Company Driver: Drivers employed by a specific carrier with its own fleet of trucks. “Companies” can be carriers that contract to transport other individuals' or companies' freight, or companies that carry their own freight.
- Lease-Purchase: Drivers hired by carriers where the truck is leased to the individual driver.
- Owner Operator (OO): Drivers who own the truck and operate as an independent business (also referred to as an "independent contractor").
- Team Driver: Drivers operating with a partner who shares driving duties.
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Hauling Type (or trailer type, or equipment type) refers to the type of cargo being hauled. Different types of cargo materials require different types of trailers, and each type of trailer requires unique driver experience.
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Endorsements are required certifications for CDL holders hauling various types of equipment and freight. The most common endorsements for long haul truck drivers include:
- Doubles/Triples: required for drivers hauling double or triple trailers.
- HazMat: required for transporting hazardous materials.
- Tanker: required for operating a vehicles designed with a permanent or temporary tank attached.
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