Hot Shot Trucking is when relatively small loads are transported in the shortest possible time and, more often than not, to a single customer. As a rule, medium-duty trucks are used for such shipments.
As mentioned above, unlike conventional trucking, hot hauling has the following limitations:
As for the distance, it can be both short and quite long. Some routes are interstate, and some even involve crossing a state border.
The vast majority of hot truckers are freelance owner-operators. They have their own vehicles at their disposal and find orders on specialized websites. However, this is not an axiom. In some cases, drivers working for trucking companies also take hot orders.
The main thing that attracts truckers to hot trucking is, of course, their high cost. It is explained by the fact that from time to time, companies from different industries are faced with the need to urgently deliver some equipment to a particular address in order to avoid loss of productivity and, consequently, profits.
U.S. law does not impose too many requirements on hot trucking. For this reason, drivers are practically free to choose their vehicles. But single-ton pickup trucks, classified by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) as “medium-duty” are the most popular.
Although the above vehicles are almost always classified as non-commercial, you are allowed to engage them for hot hauling, provided you have the following documents:
As with any industry, there are pros and cons. Some of them affect the career itself, and some affect the lifestyle.
So, the pros:
As for the downsides, there are few:
The best hot truckers make about $100,000 a year and that’s not the limit. However, the average ranges from $50,000 to $75,000 a year.
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