The Logistics Behind Commercial Trucks | Brad Pistotnik

According to the American Trucking Association, trucks are responsible for moving 67% of the country’s freight requirement, which attributes to the number of trucks on the road today. Although the size of these commercial trucks makes for efficient business, they’re compromising the safety of the passenger vehicles surrounding them. So, what is the purpose of having these monstrous trucks on our local highways and freeways?

The logistics industry essentially manages supply chains in areas such as productions, disposal, global distribution, and procurement to name a few. Companies rely on logistics to manage the various stages of a project. Logistics help regulate the flow of their resources and products from start to finish, to ensure seamless and productive operations. Perfecting the production and distribution process impels a more profitable business.

By using these large commercial vehicles, companies achieve an efficient circulation of goods. The intent of trucking logistics is to maximize overall efficiency. Logistics are responsible for accessing what routes the truck will take in order to ensure full compliance with the FMCSR and rules on hours of service. Another aspect of logistics is assessing both the size and type of load, which determines the type of truck they’ll use.

Popular trucks used in the industry include tent vehicles,  isotherm trucks, flatbeds, trail life, semi-trailers, and jumbo trailer trucks. Some of these trucks can carry a loading capacity of sixteen to twenty-five tons of cargo. Tent, semi-trailers are the most common type of truck on US roads, they’re used by a variety companies due to the various options available for loading and the capacity the truck can hold (20-25 tons).  Another common semi-trailer you’ll see is refrigerated trucks. These trucks, that have a capacity of 12-22 tons, are used amongst most companies responsible for the transportation of perishable goods as it allows for special storage conditions with a temperature range of +250C to -250C.

While you may understand both the practicality and logistics behind these trucks, there are a variety of competing factors that make them more hazardous than beneficial. Check back here for more information on the trucking industry in later blogs!

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