Evolution of Hot Shot Trucking in the Freight Industry

Although hot shot trucking is a viable option for moving goods within the freight industry, many have no knowledge of how it got started or where it is headed. In looking at the evolution of this particular moving service, you cannot help but be impressed.

Well before the invention of automobiles, freight had to be moved, but the only option at that time was horse-drawn “vehicles” and trains. Thanks to the introduction of interstate highways starting in the late 1950s, the trucking industry skyrocketed. Just 10 years later, hot shot loads came to fruition.

Initially, it was common to find pickup truck drivers waiting outside of oil part manufacturing companies looking for consistent loads that paid good money. Although hot shot drivers faced challenges when the oil parts industry took a hit, they are in high demand today. Among the various trucking transportation options available, hot shot loads for pickups have experienced tremendous growth.

Keep in mind that while there are similarities between expedited loads and hot shot loads, there are also key differences. With both of these, time-sensitive freight is transported from point A to point B. However, while expedited transportation uses straight trucks and vans, hot shots use pickup trucks. In other words, hot shot loads for pickups are just that, loads delivered by a medium-duty or 1-ton truck pulling a trailer.

Hot shot drivers have a much easier time with licensing. Only a commercial license is required, as opposed to a CDL, which is mandated for vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or more. In addition, hot shot drivers have fewer initial startup and operating costs, which are ultimately passed down to customers. That makes hot shot transportation a more cost-effective solution.

Professional hot shot drivers secure the appropriate licensing and insurance, maintain their vehicles in pristine condition, and offer competitive pricing. As for hot shot rates per mile, most charge $1.50 on average. However, based on the driver’s willingness to negotiate price, the type of truck, the fuel efficiency of the vehicle, and the type of freight, the price is sometimes dropped to around $1 to $1.25 per mile.

The hot shot industry will become even more in demand in the future. MGA International can help with all of your transportation needs. Visit our website for information on our transportation services, or contact us by phone to speak to a company representative.

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