So what is hot shot trucking and how does it compare to other career options? Hot shot truck driving is exciting and risky, but with the right truck and vehicle you can have the security of knowing that you will be paid well for a job well done. The only hard part is finding a truck and company that you can trust. There are some great opportunities out there for truck drivers, but like any other line of work, there are scams and unscrupulous companies waiting to take advantage of the great driver or trucker that wants to get into the hot shot trucking industry. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Hot shot trucking can be compared to other types of trucking such as delivery or freight hauling. They usually dock at the truck stop of the port of call where they pick up loads and drop off loads at different locations throughout the city. In order to start this type of hot shot trucking business, you will need to acquire the necessary tools and equipment such as load boards, loading docks, tool boxes, gas, and sometimes even a power saw. These are the basic equipment that you may not need in all areas, but you will find that in most cities, you will only need one or two of each to get the job done effectively.
Another option for getting into hot shot trucking involves utilizing fleet maintenance trucks that are often referred to as “tow and go” trucks. These trucks are available for hire on a per-job basis and allow the driver to pick up and deliver loads to the location of the client. This can be a great option if you don’t want to build a lot of rigs or if you don’t have time to build and maintain a fleet of trucks. Many companies offering this service can also provide complete hauling services including hauls from the port of call to the specified location and even provide additional services such as fuel service and roadside assistance. If you have the ability to haul and deliver loads on a frequent basis, this is a lucrative way to make money.