4 WAYS TO PREPARE YOUR TRUCK FOR WINTER WEATHER
CHECK COOLANT SYSTEMS
Make sure your truck’s anti-freeze system is strong enough to handle colder temperatures.
TREAT YOUR DIESEL
One thing you don’t want to freeze is your diesel. Diesel gels when it gets cold and if that happens, your truck won’t run. When it gets cold, add an anti-gel additive in your truck’s fuel tanks before adding your fuel.
MONITOR THE WEATHER
Trip preparation is important when hauling a load, so check the weather forecast before you hit the road. If the weather is going to be severe, plan your route accordingly.
ADD EXTRA TIME
Build in extra time for deliveries if there’s bad weather. You can’t drive as fast if there’s ice, so add extra time. It’s important to budget for a longer trip, so you don’t run out of driving hours.
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Flatbed demand has increased 102% year-over-year and has been on a steady climb since August 2016.
You may be wondering what’s causing this usually high demand for flatbeds. Here are a few of the key drivers of demand:
Oil, natural gas, and plastics
These three products are interrelated and contribute to the high demand for flatbeds, especially along the Gulf Coast. Natural gas is a by-product of the fracking/oil production process and, until recently, low domestic prices and lack of infrastructure meant that the gas was often flared off. Higher international natural gas prices have led companies to convert the gas to its liquid form (LNG) and export it.
Natural gas and oil by-products also feed into plastics production, which has led to a building boom for the petrochemical industry along the Gulf Coast. See our blog post How Natural Gas and Plastics Impact the Truckload Spot Market.
Fossil fuels aren’t the only energy source fueling flatbed demand. There are now more than 50,000 operating wind turbines in the U.S. A utility-grade wind turbine has more than 8,000 parts. And while some parts are small enough to be transported in dry vans, the big stuff--blades, towers, and the turbines that turn the blades--require flatbeds for transport.
As you can see, Texas is a hotbed of activity for wind energy manufacturing. Along with oil and natural gas production, wind energy adds to the huge demand for flatbeds in Texas. It’s no surprise that Texas has the top three markets for spot market flatbed freight in the country: Houston, Dallas and Fort Worth.
Manufacturing locations for the largest components of wind turbines: blades, towers, and turbine assemblies that turn the blades. Source: American Wind Energy Association.
Construction has always been a major source of flatbed freight. Lumber, steel and other construction materials move on flatbeds. Residential construction, commercial construction, and state and federal infrastructure projects all contribute to demand. According the most recent numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau, sales of new single-family homes have increased 15% from March 2016 to March 2017, rising from 537,000 to 621,000.
New residential home sales have risen 15% in the past year.
Last year was a banner year for auto sales. Sales of new cars and light trucks hit 18.3 million units in December 2016. Although sales have dipped in the first months of 2017, the auto industry has seen year-over-year increases for seven straight years. Many of the raw materials-- as well as the finished vehicles--are transported on flatbeds.
Sales of autos and light trucks have experienced year-over-year highs for seven straight years, reaching 18.3 million vehicles in December 2016. Chart courtesy of Macrotrends.
Top markets for flatbed freight
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