Let’s talk about the trucking industry’s version of a quickie: “drop and hook”.
Now, I know what you’re thinking “That sounds like something that happens in a truck stop parking lot.” But no, no, no, it’s a little more professional than that. Drop and hook is a type of freight delivery where a truck driver drops off an empty trailer at one location, and then “hooks” (or attaches) a new, fully loaded trailer at another location. This allows the driver to keep moving and hauling freight without having to spend time loading and unloading their trailer.
Think of it like a game of trailer hot potato. The driver drops off an empty trailer at location A, quickly hooks up a new trailer at location B and then goes on their merry way. This saves time for the driver but and the carrier as it allows them to move more freight with the same number of trucks and drivers.
Is this typical?
This type of delivery is common in the trucking industry. Especially in for long-haul trucking, where drivers typically travel long distances to make deliveries. By using drop and hook, drivers can stay on the road for longer periods of time and make more deliveries. That means more money for the driver and the carrier
But, as with most things in life, there’s always a catch. Drop and hook deliveries can be a bit of a double-edged sword. While they allow drivers to stay on the road and make more deliveries, they also require precise coordination and planning. Drivers need to be on time to drop off and hook up their trailers. Otherwise, it can cause delays and logistical nightmares for the shipping company and the other drivers.
Another downside is that drivers are usually not paid for the time they spend hooking and dropping trailers. This means that if a driver is held up at a drop-off or hook-up location, they don’t get paid for that time. This is something that drivers and their unions have been advocating for, and some trucking companies have started to include these activities in the pay structure.
Equipment for Drop & Hook
Now, let’s talk about the equipment involved in drop and hook. Tractors have a fifth wheel, which is a mechanism that allows the tractor to connect to the trailer. This is the same mechanism that allows the driver to drop off one trailer and hook up another.
In addition, some trucking companies use specialized equipment like “pup trailers” which are smaller, auxiliary trailers that are easily detached from the main trailer. This is more common for LTL. This allows drivers to drop off a full trailer and hook up a pup trailer, which then allows them to take on more freight at the next location.
In conclusion, drop and hook is a type of freight delivery that allows truck drivers to keep moving and hauling freight without having to spend time loading and unloading their trailers. It’s a great way for trucking companies to move more freight with the same number of trucks and drivers. It requires precise coordination and planning.
There are also downsides. Such as drivers may not get paid for their time hooking and dropping trailers. And the pressure to maintain a tight schedule. But overall, drop and hook is an essential tool in the trucking industry’s arsenal. It keeps the wheels of commerce turning.
Drop & Hook Summary
In summary, “drop and hook” is a type of freight delivery where a truck driver drops off an empty trailer at one location, and then “hooks” (or attaches) a new, fully loaded trailer at another location. This allows the driver to keep moving and hauling freight without having to spend time loading and unloading their trailers.