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What Do Driveaway Services Entail? Everything You Need to Know

What Do Driveaway Services Entail? Everything You Need to Know

Are you considering driveaway services to help you move your fleet? Here’s everything you need to know, and why it’s the best option for you.

You’ve just purchased a new vehicle for your business, either from across the state or from a different country, and you’ll need to find a way to get it to your facilities. Or, perhaps your company is moving, and you don’t want/are unable to transport the vehicles to the new location yourself.

In these scenarios, there are two standard methods for moving a vehicle – car shipping or a driveaway service. This article will focus on what driveaway services entail and why it could be the right option for you. 

What is Driveaway?

A driveaway service is where you hire someone to transport/drive your vehicle on your behalf.

It means going to a reputable company, who has responsible, reliable individuals who are willing to drive someone else’s vehicle, usually a long distance. 

Put another way; driveaway is a professional transportation service, where your vehicle is driven by another driver. 

The Perks

Aside from having someone else deal with the hassle of a long drive, a driveaway service offers other advantages too. 

Faster Shipping

Your car will be driven from A to B. It will be taken to the final destination you have specified, so it will, therefore, be much quicker in comparison to a traditional auto-transport service.

Once the designated driver has got the vehicle, they have one focus: deliver your vehicle safely and quickly. 

There’s no waiting around — no waiting for other vehicles to be loaded or unloaded. As the driver’s only focus is your vehicle, that’s what they will be concerned with. 

If you were to choose an auto shipping service instead, your vehicle would be loaded with others onto a trailer that’s all headed for the same destination. The more vehicles loaded, the more economical their trip, so they want to wait until it’s as full as possible.  

As they want to wait for a minimum number of vehicles to be on the shipment before setting off, this can cause significant delays.

This differs hugely from what a driveaway service offers. As stated above, you are assigned a driver, and they drive wherever it needs to go.

Even if the shipment wasn’t delayed, a drive away service will probably still be the quicker option. They go from A to B, instead of taking detours or stopping off en route for other vehicles. 

Delivered Right to You

You don’t need to wait for shipment. You have a professional driver who will pick the vehicle up and deliver it to the destination specified, right into a designated area in your facility.  

This means there’s no having to pick the vehicle up at a terminal or find a way to get to a drop-off location. It’s all done for you. 

Personalized Service

Choosing a driveaway service means opting for more personalized service. Discuss with the company what they offer and other additional services. For example, some can transport additional equipment or products and our company ATC Driveaway can also provide all of the licensing and permitting for your vehicles.

If the vehicles in question are highly specified equipment, driveaway provides a more personalized approach with drivers who know how to handle your equipment – from mobile cranes to tanker trucks and digger derricks. You can find a company like ATC that specializes in transportation for commercial trucks and fleets.

To sum up, driveaway services offer clients a personalized service to transport their vehicles from one destination to another. 

A designated driver can pick-up and deliver your items to a specified location.

There are other options, such as choosing to drop off your vehicle or getting the service tailored to transport personal items along with the vehicle. Still, these services vary depending on the provider.

If you’ve enjoyed this article and would like to know more, please contact us.

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The Different Types of Trucks That ATC Driveaway Can Safely Transport

The Different Types of Trucks That ATC Driveaway Can Safely Transport

ATC Driveaway can safely transport different types of trucks, ranging from various construction vehicles to cargo box trucks.

There are over 15 million trucks in the United States. Of these, two million are tractor-trailers. If you’re involved in the world of fleet management, you’ll know how crucial truck transportation is.

Managing your inventories of trucks is critical, and being able to transport trucks between different fleets is essential.

ATC Driveaway can help you. We’ve been in this business since 2001, are proudly a veteran-owned business, and are experts in transporting all different types of trucks. 

Which types of trucks do we work with? We’re glad that you’ve asked. We can transport all of the most common types of trucks that you have in your inventory. When you’re ready to find out which parts of your fleet we can work with, read on!

People Movers

These are the smallest types of trucks that we transport, but no less important for their size. We can transport everything from two-ton minivans up to the largest buses and RVs. We are also happy to transport emergency vehicles for you.

We understand that these vehicles need to be kept in pristine condition inside and out. That’s why, when we move these trucks, we take the utmost care to leave them exactly as we found them.

Whatever size people movers that your firm employs, we can ship them between destinations. 

Cargo Trucks

These are some of the largest trucks that we transport. Whatever types of trucks you use to ship your cargo, we’ve got you covered.

These include light trucks like lift-gate trucks, box trucks, and package cars. If you manage a removal companies’ fleet or work for a courier, this category will be what you’re looking for.

Yet you’ll also find some of the largest trucks in this category. Some examples of these large trucks include flatbed trucks and their derivatives known as stake beds, which contain wooden or metal fencing around the bed.

We can also transport the power units from tractor-trailers. If you don’t need the whole trailer transporting, but just the cab, look no further. Moving these between fleets can make your business a lot more efficient, as power units are very versatile units.

Construction Trucks

Construction sites need a ton of different trucks to keep everything ticking over. The construction industry also tends to move around a lot. When one site is finished, those vehicles need to be moved to the next one, and we can transport these types of trucks for you!

We can move huge cement mixing trucks, crane trucks, dump trucks, and tool trucks. We can also help you move railroad trucks, which you may have mounted to a small railroad for ease of use and efficiency.

No matter what kind of construction trucks you’re using, we’ve got your back. We’re licensed to move any and all large trucks from one site to another or back to your depot.

Tanker Trucks

Tanker trucks are part of the lifeblood of industry. Used for transporting liquids of all kinds from one spot to another, they can be cumbersome to relocate. Whatever tanker trucks you use, we can move them!

Do you own a dairy farm and need your milk tanker moved from one site to another? We can do that. If you need water tankers moved, we can help there, too!

We can even move the most specialized kinds of tankers. Vacuum tankers, for instance, are used for transporting sludgy materials and have a whole host of complex pumping machinery mounted to them. We can move these.

What’s more, we even have drivers that are licensed to drive hazmat tankers. If you’re in an industry that requires frequent transportation of hazardous materials, look no further.

Wrecker/Tow Trucks

A lot of tow truck companies operate across multiple cities. As such, these trucks need to be moved frequently to areas where there is higher demand. It doesn’t matter where you’re moving them from and to, we can take care of that process.

We can move flatbed trucks, wheel-lift trucks, and hook and chain trucks. No matter what kind of wreckers you use, we can move it.

Utility Trucks and Refuse Trucks

All municipalities and companies need these types of trucks. As many of these are not tied to one location, you need to move them a lot. There are a lot of different types of trucks in this category.

For utility trucks, we can move power trucks, bucket trucks, and drilling trucks. For refuse trucks, we deal with rear loaders, front loaders, side loaders, and roll-offs. We are happy to move all sizes of trucks.

Road Maintenance Trucks

Like construction trucks, road maintenance trucks need to be on hand across the nation within a few day’s notice. We deal with asphalt sprayers, snowplows, waste trucks, and salting trucks. Whether you need to move these trucks between different areas of the country that have been hit by blizzards or from one part of a state to another, we can help.

We Can Help With Almost All Types of Trucks

We’ve shown you that we can deal with almost all types of trucks. Now let’s take a look at why we’re your best bet.

We Have An Array of Licenses

We are happy to count drivers with a variety of licenses in our ranks. Licenses our staff have include:

  • CDL Class A
  • CDL Class B
  • T Endorsement
  • P Endorsement
  • S Endorsement
  • N Endorsement
  • H Endorsement 
  • TWIC Card

We Are An Established Business

We have been active since 2001 and have satisfied customers in a huge range of industries.

We Match Drivers to Your Vehicles

We don’t try to get you out of the door as soon as possible. We will carefully match an experienced driver to your vehicle and needs.

Ready to Hire Us?

We’ve shown you all the types of trucks that we can deal with. We’ve shown you why we’re your best bet. Are you ready to hire us?

If you’d like a quote, or if you have any questions for us, please contact us. We’d be very happy to hear from you!

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Prudent Questions to Ask a Truck Transport Company Before Hiring Them

Prudent Questions to Ask a Truck Transport Company Before Hiring Them

Are ready to hire a truck transport company to haul your fleet of vehicles from one destination to another? Ask them these prudent questions before you do so.

Transporting trucks is not as straightforward as transporting regular vehicles. Commercial trucks are bulky and heavy, which means they need better care while transporting. So how do you find the right truck transport company?

The first step is likely to be a Google search for the best truck transport company. You’ll click on some of the first results that seem the most reputable, choose one, and book the shipment.

However, there is a little more effort you have to put in to ensure you do hire the most reputable company that will not only deliver your truck but protect it and bring it to you without any damages. 

How Do You Find the Best Truck Transport (Driveaway) Company?

Looking at a company website is not enough to tell how they operate and if they are trustworthy enough to hire.

There are so many commercial truck shipping companies out there, most of which have made it quite easy to get online quotes. This means that it’s very tempting to book the first company that offers you a seemingly reasonable price, without digging deeper.

One of the most advisable steps you can take before hiring a hauling truck is to ask the right questions. It’s better when you’re speaking directly to a representative so they can answer all the questions you have in person.

In this post, we’ve compiled a list of the most crucial questions you need to ask a truck shipping company before you book their services.

Is Your Company a Carrier, Broker or Transport Management Company

Brokers have no trucks, so they find carriers then schedule the shipments. Carriers, on the other hand, own trucks, so they ship and deliver the vehicles. 

Auto transport management companies, on the other hand, have their own trucks, and they don’t go through brokers. This means they manage the whole process from quote to delivery.

The benefits of hiring an auto transport management company are that they’ll deal directly with you through the whole shipment process and solve problems much faster since they are concerned for both you as the customer, and the shipment.

What Services Does Your Company Offer?

This may seem like an obvious question to most because it’s straightforward that a truck shipping company will transport commercial trucks, right? The thing is, there is much more to it than that. You’ll find that some truck shipping companies exclusively offer open-air trailers while others offer enclosed trailers.

You can also choose between a single carrier and a multi-carrier truck shipping company, depending on how many trucks you want shipped.

Beyond that, some companies ship non-working trucks or those that have been involved in accidents, while others don’t. Some truck shipping companies go the extra mile to coordinate long haul shipments by trains or boats if necessary.

Do You Offer Free Quotes?

You should feel no obligation to enlist a company even if they offer you a quote.

Most truck transport companies understand that as a business owner, you’ve to get multiple quotes from different companies before settling on the right one. Inquire if you need to make a deposit to get a quote and if they say yes, it means you’re making a commitment, so stay away.

How Much Will the Process Cost?

There’s nothing worse than hiring a company with hidden costs to the point that you end up with a seemingly exaggerated price at the end. While speaking to the representative, explain everything about your commercial truck and ask them for the price. 

Ensure that the quote includes everything and, if possible, ask them to offer you an itemized list that clearly shows all the fees and charges you’ll incur.

Is Your Company Licensed and Registered?

It’s quite easy to find out if the truck transport company is licensed or not, but it’s easier to hear it from the company representative.

Truck shipping companies must have the USDOT number usually provided by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration as they transport commercial trucks across different states.

International shipping companies, on the other hand, need licenses from the Federal Maritime Commission. Once you’ve confirmed they have the license, check their track record, safety records, and operating statuses just to be sure.

What Insurance Does the Company Offer?

Any reputable truck transport company will have full insurance. They need to have enough coverage to cover any issues or emergencies that happen before or during transit. Inquire what shipping options they have, and if you need to buy extra insurance.

Beyond that, read the insurance certificate carefully to understand if you’ll have to pay a deductible, whether they insure the whole vehicle or just parts of it, and anything else you need to.

What About Pickup and Drop Off Locations?

It would be inconvenient if you have to travel some distance to get the truck yourself.

Most companies have their designated drop off locations, but check whether it’s actually convenient for you depending on where the car needs to be delivered. Some companies will charge you more for door delivery, but it may be worth it.

What Documents Will You Need From Me?

Most companies ask for an ID photo, registration, and insurance documents. However, others may require a car title before they can ship it for you. This only applies to domestic shipments.

If you’re trying to ship internationally, then you need to research what other requirements are necessary to avoid having problems in transit.

Will You Need My Presence at the Pickup and Dropoff Locations?

Some companies will ask for the presence of an adult during both pickup and delivery. This is because they may need someone to hand over and accept the keys or even sign the necessary paperwork. However, it may not have to be you in person.

If you’re busy at work, you have a company representative or one of your trusted employees see to it that the truck gets there on time and safely.

Choosing the Right Driveaway Company

These are some of the most prudent questions you need to ask a truck transport company when shipping your commercial trucks. Do your due diligence and check online reviews of the company just to be sure.

If you’re currently searching for the right truck driveaway company don’t hesitate to give us a call for a free quote and trustworthy services.

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7 Safety Tips for Hauling Oversized and Heavy Loads

7 Safety Tips for Hauling Oversized and Heavy Loads

Driveaway truckers often transport oversized and heavy loads. Safety is paramount. Follow these tips for the safest transport possible.

The most recent survey by The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) showed that 26.3% of all injuries reported by long haul truck drivers were to their arms. 

Sixty percent of injuries were sprains and strains. And 38.9% of driver injuries were related to falls and/or contact with equipment or an object. 

Over half of the drivers required time away from work because of their injuries. Your likelihood of being injured increases when no safety measures are taken when hauling heavy loads. 

We want to help you stay safe and on the job. Keep reading to learn our seven best safety tips for oversized loads. 

1. Plan Ahead When Hauling Heavy Loads

Preparing your trip in advance gives you a huge advantage. Not only can you pinpoint ahead of time where you’ll need to take a detour, but you can scout out other potential hazards as well. 

Plan every part of your trip in advance from the route to which stops you’ll take. Map out a trip that avoids tolls, heavy traffic, construction, and other delays. 

What to Check Before Your Trip

You should also review the following before your trip:

  • Local, state, and federal regulations
  • Local, state, and federal permits
  • Use GPS technology to check the route and road conditions
  • Which streets and highways to avoid due to low bridges and/or hanging wires

Some routes may require a pilot car to accompany your truck. You’ll need to plan ahead to ensure you have a pilot car available in those areas. 

2. Load Correctly Using the Right Equipment

Twenty-five percent of all industrial accidents happen at the loading dock. For every accident that does happen, around 600 near-misses occur. 

Oversized loads should be secure and evenly distributed throughout the trailer before your trip begins. An evenly loaded heavy hauler truck is less likely to tip and easier to control. 

Use the Right Heavy Hauler Truck

Make sure you use the right type of oversized trailer for the job. Here are a few choices for trailers:

  • Drop deck – the upper part of the deck drops automatically after clearing the back unit
  • Extendable drop deck – like the drop deck except you can extend the body according to load size
  • Gooseneck – has a modifiable bar that’s fastened to the bed of the truck
  • Specialty – good for shipments with distinct specifications
  • Lowboy – good for cargos up to 12 feet in height

Stay within legal hauling limitations for the trailer you’re using.

3. Work With Experienced Drivers

Hauling trucks takes knowledge and experience. It’s not worth the risk to use drivers who are inexperienced or who refuse to follow safety protocols when on the job. 

Hire and train drivers with experience driving oversize load trucks. Train them on how to operate and maintain the types of equipment they use to transport goods. 

You should also consider implementing safety guidelines and provide ongoing education on a regular basis to ensure all employees stay safe. 

4. Familiarize With Regulatory Guidelines and Procedures

There are state and federal regulatory requirements you must familiarize yourself with. If your trip takes you through multiple states, you must know and adhere to each state’s set of guidelines. 

Also, drivers must also be aware that commercial vehicles involved in interstate commerce weighing over 10,000 pounds GVWR are subject to federal regulations. For drivers hauling equipment within the state, local regulations may also apply. 

5. Get All Necessary Permits

Drivers also need to get certain permits in order to haul very heavy or oversized loads. If your equipment is wider than 102 inches, you’ll need an oversized trucking permit. Otherwise, your vehicle isn’t allowed on state roads or highways. 

Planning ahead ensures your drivers know exactly which permits they need and have plenty of time to get them before they start on their trip.

Other Fees and Certificates

Licensing certificates are also mandatory and requirements differ depending on which state you’re in. 

Also, there are accessorial charges shippers need to pay on top of the per-mile rate. Here are a few other common accessorial charges:

  • Shrinkwrap 
  • Pallet jack
  • Layovers
  • Hotel costs
  • Tolls

You should also allow for unexpected charges such as additional stops, deadhead, or for times when the truck is ordered but not used. 

6. Know and Use the Right Special Markings

Oversized loads are a danger to other drivers on the road. Always make sure your drivers follow specific operating procedures when hauling heavy loads. 

Drivers should also carry with them and use special markings to help alert and signal other drivers to proceed with caution. Requirements for which special markings are necessary are different in each state. 

Common Special Markings

Most states use the same special markings. Here are a few common markings used on heavy loads:

  • 12 or 18-inch square orange or bright red warning flags to use during daytime travels
  • An oversized banner with a yellow reflective background that’s clearly visible to other drivers
  • Red lights for hauling at night 

When hauling at night, there should also be optional flashing amber lights on top of the cab. 

7. Perform a Pre-Inspection

Before you head out on your trip, carefully inspect your trailer. Create a checklist of everything you want to check and mark them off before each trip. 

That way, you’ll never forget to check something essential.

Visual Inspection

Start by performing a walk-around visual inspection. 

Here’s what to look for:

  • Chafing on the hydraulic hoses
  • Visible signs of damage on the tie-down equipment. This includes chains, straps, and binders

Eyeball the trailer to make sure it’s level rather than tilting or sagging. 

Functional Inspection

The next step is a functional inspection. Here’s what to look for:

  • Check the brakes
  • Check tire pressure

Your last step is to check to make sure the trailer’s speed rating can handle your truck’s usual driving speed. 

Hire Professionals

Hauling heavy loads is best left to the professionals. We have the experience and know-how to safely transport goods wherever you need them to go. 

We can even guarantee on-time delivery. Trust us to do the heavy lifting for you. Click here to get a quote for our services today. 

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