Different Types of Trucker Jobs

Posted on: 29 April 2020


You may not give much thought to truckers other than making sure you give them plenty of room on the freeway. However, there are so many different types of truckers out there who tend to important jobs every day. If you've found yourself interested in learning more about the different jobs that truckers do on a daily basis that are important, then you'll find the information in this article to be an interesting read. Here are some of the different jobs that truckers tend to:

Dry van shipping

This type of trucking is likely the one you immediately think of when you hear the word, "trucker". This is when the big rectangular 'box' containers are used to transport boxes or pallets of cargo that can be made up of many different types of items. From beverages and packaged foods to electronics, toys, and clothing, this type of shipping will get merchandise from the production plant or warehouse to the stores where it will be sold. This type of shipping can take products to a close-by location to a location that's across the country.

Temperature-controlled shipping

Temperature-controlled shipping, or refrigerator shipping, is when the cargo in the shipping container needs to be kept at a certain temperature in order to keep the products viable. A lot of the time, food products will be what is being transported in these trucks. The truck can be kept at the temperature of refrigeration for products such as dairy or the temperature can be kept lower so that products that must remain frozen will be transported in the right temperature to keep them good while they make their way from point A to point B. Since there is more involved with refrigerator shipping, these jobs do generally pay more than dry van shipping.

Flatbed shipping

Flatbed shipping is the form of shipping that is generally done to transport awkward, large, and bulky items that wouldn't be able to fit inside a box trailer. The items are placed securely on the flatbed and then strapped in place to ensure they don't shift and move during transport. However, the truck drivers will still check the load during stops to double-check that nothing has loosened up or shifted. If something has changed, then they will re-secure everything before they get back on the road. Like refrigerated shipments, this type also requires more diligence on the part of the truck driver and, therefore, also tends to cost more than dry van shipping.