Flatbed drivers usually haul over-sized or wide-load items. You might be transporting building supplies, like lumber, steel coils, shingles, and pipe. Flatbed drivers jobs are a little different than other lines of trucking. They’re a little more demanding and can be more hazardous. But on the other hand, these jobs usually pay more than average trucking jobs. Many flatbed drivers feel that the risk is worth the reward. And if you’re a skilled and experienced driver, this may be just the challenge you’ve been looking for. Most of the time, your large freight will be loaded with forklifts or cranes. Securing your load is a skill you’ll have to acquire quickly.
The regulations are strict on the types of tie downs you use and how many.
Tarping is another technique that requires some learned skill. Not all loads require tarps, but the ones that do must be covered a certain way. That’s where some of those canvas kits and tarp systems come in handy. Any covers you use have to be secured just as well as the freight. Imagine losing a giant tarp that lands on a vehicle behind you. It can be just as dangerous as losing cargo. It’s true flatbed trucking jobs are quite a bit more demanding than others. The good news is that flatbed skills are fairly easily learned and you’ll never have to worry about finding a job!
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