Author: Hotshot Warriors

What Every Hotshot Trucker Should Know About Jackknifing

Jackknife accidents are not very common but when they happen, they often involve serious injuries and in some cases, death. Jackknifing happens when a towing vehicle skids and spins, with its trailer pushing it from behind. This then leads to the folding of the vehicle and trailer, resembling the acute angle of a pocket knife, hence, the name. Common Causes of Jackknifing Driver error – Even the most experienced drivers can make a mistake such as driving too fast or turning too quickly, leading to incidents of jackknifing. You also have an increased risk if you are towing an...

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Hotshot Trucker’s Tips to Pass DOT Vehicle Inspection

Even if you are the calmest and most experienced trucker, a DOT inspection can still cause stress or even fear. If you are following the rules in the hotshot trucking industry and you are doing your job right, there shouldn’t be any reason to fear or be stressed. While many of you may have encountered good and bad DOT officers, in most cases, they are just there to do their job. Their mandate is to ensure safety and compliance among truckers. If you cooperate with them, there’s a big chance they will give you some slack. And just like...

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5 Common Hotshot Truckers Risks You Could Easily Avoid

If you are in hotshot trucking, you’ll face some risks that other jobs or businesses don’t have to worry about. Knowing and understanding these risks can help you make advanced action plans and take smart decisions when you are in the situation: 1.Risk of road accidents due to ineffective load securement strategies The main goal is to make sure that your load stays in place during the transport. Without an effective securement strategy, you could end up in a serious and expensive road accident. A wrong or inadequate securement strategy or use of a faulty latch, tarp or strap...

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5 Essential Features to Look for When Buying a New Gooseneck Trailer

Hotshot trailers aren’t cheap, as they could cost around $10,000 – $30,000 depending on the model and features. That’s a lot of money that you don’t want to get wasted in a mediocre gooseneck! You can get the best value for your money if you look for the following essential features for your next hotshot trailer. 1. Anti-flex system Fishtailing is a common problem that hotshot truckers have to face daily. Thankfully, there are newer models of flatbeds that are fitted with an anti-flex system such as a torque tube which offers optimal sway prevention. Adding a torque tube...

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Best New Hotshot Trailers for 2019

2019 is an exciting year for hotshot truckers as the demand for hotshot continues to grow. If you are considering adding a new trailer to your fleet this year, our list of top 10 hotshot trailers is a must-read before making a decision. These trailers are reliable, long-lasting, versatile and are designed for heavy-duty use. 10. Big Tex 10DF This pro series drive-over fender is ideal for hauling cars and equipment. It comes with 36-inch self-cleaning cleated dovetail as well as 4′ channel stand-up ramps for convenient loading and unloading. The combination of its radial tires and multi-leaf spring...

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