Like with any other service you’ll be paying a third party to carry out for you, it’s important to research your options when considering flatbed trucking companies for a job or partnership. Not all flatbed transport companies are made equal, and while we wish it were not the case, there are even some out there who are predatory and looking to take advantage of inexperienced clients.
At Tim Savage Trucking, we welcome comparisons of our flatbed hauling, belt trailer hauling and numerous other trucking services to our competitors – both because we want all prospective clients to receive the very best in trucking solutions, but also because we’re supremely confident we’re the ones best-suited to offer these. While you’re performing your research for a trucking partner, there are a few telltale red flags that typically indicate you should avoid a given company and look elsewhere. Here are these red flags so you can spot them.
Lack of Insurance
One of the single easiest ways to spot a low-quality or even outright fraudulent trucking company: They don’t carry the proper insurance, or any insurance at all, for their loads. Heavy haul trucking companies in the US are required by law to carry at least $100,000 in insurance for oversized loads, guidelines put in place by the federal government – but some trucking companies try to skirt these rules.
Not only are these companies breaking the law, they’re putting your cargo at risk in the process. Without insurance to cover you in case of an accident or some other mishap, your liability will be gigantic. No trucker without insurance should be considered for any hauling job.
Improper (Or Lacking) Safety Protocols
Another vital component of any heavy haul trucking setup is a comprehensive, detailed safety plan full of specific protocols. Trucking utilizes not only heavy items, but also often several specialized pieces of equipment to assist with loading and unloading cargo. All staff must be fully trained on use of such equipment, plus prepared in case of any kind of safety risk. If a company you’re considering can’t provide you with detailed safety protocols and equipment handling certifications, you should look elsewhere.
Failures of Logistics
Finally, there are several important logistics that play into any heavy haul trucking situation. Considerations may include obtaining permits, pilot vehicles, planning out the fastest (and safest) transportation routes, and more. Failure in any of these areas could lead to lost time and money.
One great way to get an idea of a company’s setup here is to speak to their past clients and assess their public reviews. Does the company have positive reviews about their job performance and logistics, or are many of their past customers displeased with how their job was carried out? This should play a big role in which partner you choose.
For more on red flags signaling a poor trucking company, or to learn about any of our transport trucking, petroleum transport or other trucking services, speak to the staff at Tim Savage Trucking today.