Author: Hotshot Warriors

A Hotshot Trucker’s Guide to DAT

Load boards are commonly used among hotshot truckers because they are convenient and allow you to get loads quickly and easily. A popular load board for hotshot truckers is Dial-A-Truck (DAT).  What is DAT?  DAT launched at a Jubitz truck stop in Portland, Oregon in 1978. DAT allowed for truckers to view loads on a monitor, rather than on handwritten note cards pinned to a bulletin board (or a load board, as most called it). Forty years later, and DAT is heavily-used by all kinds of truckers.  DAT operates the largest truckload freight marketplace in North America. Transportation brokers, carriers, news...

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6 Driving Tips for New Hotshot Truckers

Getting into the hotshot trucking business sounds easy enough, right? You are basically hauling a load from one destination to the next in a safe and timely manner. The driving is not all that simple, but here are six tips for new hotshot truckers.  1.) Always Be Aware of Your Trailer If your trailer is bobbing all over the road or drifting into other lanes, it is not suitable for driving. That trailer acts as a weapon that could get you and other commuters on the road seriously injured.  When you notice something is wrong with your trailer like...

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5 Things to Consider When Determining the Location of Your Business

In the hotshot business, your location determines a lot of how you will operate. It is important to pick the right location from the start that way you will not have to deal with the hassle and cost of moving an existing business. When choosing the right location, it is important to consider these five things.  1.) Demographics  Consider who your customers are and how important their proximity to your location is. In the trucking business, you want to avoid deadheading as much as possible, and the best way to do that is to have customers near you. Take a look at the community and...

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A Hotshot Trucker’s Guide to Getting a CDL

A commercial driver’s license (CDL) is crucial for hotshot truckers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates the rules and requirements for commercial drivers across the country. Each state has its own application process, but all states must adhere to federal requirements set forth by the FMCSA.  Why Do I Need a CDL?  While a CDL is not required of a hotshot trucker, it is encouraged to get one. You must have a commercial driver’s license (CDL) for the following of situations:  All single vehicles with a manufacturer’s weight rating of 26,001 pounds or more.  All trailers with a...

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4 Ways to Transition Into the Hotshot Industry

Starting a new career of any kind can be stressful – especially one in the hotshot industry. Here are four tips to make your transition as easy as possible.  1.) Familiarize Yourself With the Trucker Lingo If you choose to participate in a conversation on a CB radio or with other truckers, you will (more than likely) hear some unfamiliar terms being thrown around. Truck drivers have developed their own unique trucking language, which allows for covert discussions.  Becoming fluent in the language of truckers can be difficult because many terms are specific to certain types of drivers or situations....

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