When shipping freight and goods over the road, shippers will have a list of options to choose from. Each transportation mode will have its own advantages and disadvantages. However, it is important to choose a shipping method based on your needs, budget, and the type of goods and freight you need to get from Point A to Point B.
Some of the transportation options you will have available include dry freight trucking, refrigerated trucking, LTL trucking, and flatbed trucking. Flatbed transportation service is not the same as your standard trailer-hauling type transportation.
Flatbeds are open trailers that make it easy to move some of the heaviest pieces of equipment and machinery. It is not uncommon to see flatbeds with oversized loads that could not be transported using any other shipping method.
Generally, flatbed trucking is used to transport heavy machinery, construction equipment and materials, and vehicles. Flatbed trucks are known for carrying machinery and equipment of all types, including military equipment.
With flatbed trucking, the freight is not stored in a trailer that is enclosed and/or temperature-controlled. With flatbed trucking, the freight is also not loaded and unloaded at a dock. How are goods loaded and unloaded when flatbed trucking is being used?
When flatbed trucking is used, the freight is generally loaded and unloaded at a specific site. When flatbed trucking is used, the goods can be loaded and unloaded at every angle of the truck.
Since freight and goods are being transported on a platform that is not enclosed, it is important to make sure the freight has been secured properly at all times. If the freight is not secure on the truck, there is a chance that the goods will move during transport and possibly be lost during the transport. Follow us at Great Western Transportation for more information on flatbed trucking and other transportation methods.