Flatbed Trucking Tips and Tricks

  Thursday, July 20, 2023

Trucking is here to stay. We heard these words as we battled through 2020 and beyond. And they’re true! According to the American Trucking Association, “Trucks move roughly 72.2% of the nation’s freight by weight.” Additionally, 38.9 million trucks are registered and utilized for business purposes. {Economics and Industry Data | American Trucking Associations}

For these millions of trucks, securing the cargo on a flatbed trailer requires meticulous attention to detail to ensure the safety of the load, the driver, and other travelers on our nation’s roads.

Here are a few first-hand flatbed trucking tips and tricks from two of Maverick’s own esteemed drivers; our 2022 Trainer of the Year, TJ Hargis, and our 2022 Driver of the Year, Charlette Cohee.

A few notes from TJ:

1. Stay organized, put all your equipment up in the same place and in the same way every time. This will help you save time and help create a routine focused on securing your load in the proper way and not on trying to do it fast.

2. Your speed will come over time. Always look back at your process and try to make your movements count. If you find yourself walking around the truck or trailer and not doing anything productive, find out how to eliminate that step.

3. When you are done securing always ask yourself, "Would I feel safe with my family riding beside me the entire trip?” If your answer is anything other than YES, then you must reevaluate your securement. If you don't trust it with your family, don't chance it with everyone else's.

4. If you’re ever unsure, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Maverick has designated people to help and provide useful information 24/7.

Charlette had this to say:

1. Wake up early.

2. Trip plan and get prepared for your day; rushing causes accidents.

3. Stay positive and optimistic.

4. Meal plan. Fast food is your enemy.

5. Keep learning and know your stuff! Confidence is the key to success. Safety first always.

Flatbed trucking is a lasting career that requires a combination of knowledge, skills, and preparation. Thanks to TJ and Charlette for sharing these great guidelines. By implementing these tips and tricks, you can increase your efficiency, safety, and success in the trucking world.