December 26th, 2013 | Truck Driving News

The trucking industry is in constant motion. We need all kinds of materials moved to different locations throughout the world, and to accomplish that we need a wide variety of trucks. And while they will have stark differences in design and function, all of these trucks have the same purpose. They need to safely move their cargo from point A to point B.

There will be some overlap in style, but these are the basic types of trucks. Flatbed trucks are the basic standard for transporting materials that don’t need special care such as boxes or crates. Tankers are mostly for liquids, gasses, or hazardous material. Mostly gasoline, propane, and natural gas will be what you find tankers hauling. Refrigerated trucks are for transporting ice, produce, milk, meat, or anything else that requires a constant chilled temperature. Automotive transport vehicles can refer to those multilayer big rigs that can hold over a dozen cars at once, or it can also refer to the wide load trucks that carry huge military or construction equipment.

The cargo that these trucks haul is usually pretty benign. But dangerous materials also need transport. And with added risk to the driver, there is also extra pay. This pay increase is called hazard pay. It comes into play with explosive, chemically active, or radioactive materials. In the event of a collision or spill, the driver is much more likely to be injured or killed. That is why special hazardous material transport license. There is also better pay for over sized loads, driving in hazardous conditions, or long hauls. Regardless of the method truck driving can be dangerous. But the drivers are compensated accordingly. They can make 70k a year before bonuses, so the business can be very rewarding. Just make sure you practice and study for your licensing exam.

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