Whether it is permanent relocation or simply needing something delivered, transporting large property long distances almost always presents a logistical nightmare for any property owner. Perhaps one of the most difficult things to transport is that of a motor vehicle. This often causes the property owner to either personally use his or her time to drive the vehicle or entrust it to one of many heavy haul trucking companies, both of which may sound unappealing. However, with the qualified heavy haul truckers at LTA Logistics, vehicle owners can rest assured that their vehicle will be delivered in the safest and timeliest manner possible.
While road trips may be fun with friends and an exciting destination, no vehicle owner wants to spend long hours in traffic just to deliver a vehicle somewhere and then immediately depart on a expensive return home. Concurrently, relocating to a new home is a stressful enough endeavor and no homeowner wishes to have deal with the added difficulties of figuring out how to transport multiple vehicles somewhere. At some point anybody who needs to transport their vehicle must determine the opportunity cost of their own time. Utilizing the services of heavy haul trucking companies may present a very attractive option for those people who cannot afford to spend their time in mundane traffic.
At LTA Logistics, we have heard horror stories of other heavy haul trucking companies hiring negligent drivers who damage people’s vehicles, show up late, and charge expensive fees. We think that’s preposterous. Our experienced drivers, coupled with our qualified support staff, provide our clients with highest customer satisfaction possible. Contact our office at (888) 502-0582 today to learn more about how we can assist you in transporting your motor vehicle.
Since it became the nation’s leading method of transporting goods in the early 1900’s, heavy haul trucking has undergone dramatic evolutions to make it more efficient than ever before. With the advent of electric vehicles, autonomous driving, and other breakthroughs in technology, one can wonder what all this new innovation will have in store for the heavy haul trucking industry. Thankfully, the creation of these new technologies will only make transporting goods cross-country more cost efficient as well as faster.
The trucking industry has had its difficulties recruiting new drivers for many years, this shortage of drivers have elevated costs for both the customer and heavy haul trucking companies. However, truck manufacturers have taken notice and have begun to create new trucks that are designed to keep driver retention high and appeal to new truck drivers. These new technologies include things such as automated manuals, active safety systems, and more efficient engines. All of this new technology culminates and allows for heavy haul truck drivers to experience an easier and safer driving experience.
At LTA Logistics, we strive to ensure that all of our drivers have all the amenities they need during the drive to prevent excessive driver fatigue and reduce the chances of a traffic accident. Our entire fleet of trucks meets and exceeds all government safety regulations so that we can protect our drivers and our client’s cargo. Contact an experienced heavy haul trucking company at (888) 502-0582 to learn more about our company today.
Driving past heavy haul trucks on the highway, you may have noticed their rear axles have four tires, two on either side, while the front axle has the standard two. There are many reasons for this tire configuration, and they mostly amount to the truck’s function moving cargo.
Having more tires on each axle dramatically improves a vehicle’s capacity to haul heavy loads. Because the weight is distributed across a wider surface area, it allows each tire to bear more weight. Having more tires in the back also increases the amount of friction against the ground, which can potentially improve performance in these kinds of vehicles. Additionally, it allows for a bit of security. In the event that one of the tires on a four-tire axle on a heavy haul truck goes out, the truck can still operate with the remaining three.
If there are so many benefits to having multiple tires on an axle, why don’t front axles follow the four-tire pattern of the axles behind them? There are a few reasons for this, primarily relating to the truck’s maneuverability. There’s simply not usually enough space to install a pair of tires in the front while maintaining the truck’s turning radius. This issue is a significant reason not to include additional tires in the front of a truck.
Any heavy haul trucker will have to reconcile the benefits and drawbacks of having multiple tires on the same axle. At LTA Logistics, we handle all of the truck maintenance for our fleet and can move your cargo where it needs to be in a timely manner. Call our heavy haul professionals today at (888) 502-0582 to learn more about how we can serve you.
Heavy equipment transporter have begun to toy in recent years with the idea of a fleet that is able to run on electricity rather than fuel. Recently, Nikola Motors Co. has delivered on that vision. In Salt Lake City, Utah, “Nikola One” was introduced—a heavy haul tractor that is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Not only does Nikola One run on electricity, but plans for the tractor include a freight matching service—Nikola Shipments— and a 21-inch computer screen built into the dashboard that could be used for diagnostics. Nikola One will also have a braking system that will offer more stopping power. A regenerative braking system will be used in combination with an automatic emergency braking system to afford the vehicle more power and control.
Nikola One’s total cost of ownership will be “all-inclusive”, meaning it will cost $5,000-$7,000 a month to lease, but the payment covers the vehicle and all of its hydrogen fuel, maintenance support, warranty coverage, tires, wiper blades, and even washes. Hydrogen fuel and other accessories will be offered through a network of 364 refueling sites that are soon to be built. Nikola’s president and CEO, Trevor Milton, addressed all of Nikola One’s extra features by comparing the heavy haul transporter to an iPhone, stating the phone wouldn’t be what it is without the built-in music player, photo viewer, video service, and apps. Similarly, Nikola One will include a package of services that aims to have everything a heavy haul trucker may need in one vehicle.
Environmental factors seem to be in Nikola One’s favor as well. The fuel cells emit nothing but water vapor, eradicating the need for after-treatment systems to address heavy exhaust. Nikola one is expected to last at least 2 million miles. Already, over 8,000 reservations for the heavy equipment transporter have been made, with initial deposits amounting to near $4 billion even though production of the truck isn’t due until 2020.
Effective heavy haul transport requires meticulous strategizing, ongoing communication, and openness to new technologies. At LTA Logistics, we always employ the most efficient means of hauling heavy cargo. If you are in need of a heavy equipment transporting service, contact us at (888) 502-0582 to learn more.
Everyone on the road has seen giant 18-wheeler trucks running up and down the nation’s highways, with their massive trailers and other heavy hauls in tow. These trucks are undoubtedly brilliant pieces of human engineering as they tow tens of thousands of pounds and are responsible for about 65-75 percent of the nation’s total shipping processes. Below are four fun facts that you may not have known about heavy haul trucking and what these trucks are capable of accomplishing.
1. Heavy haul trucks can carry up to 80,000 pounds. This weight limit is not restricted by what the truck is capable of carrying, but by government regulations to protect roads, highways, and bridges.
2. 18-wheeler trucks average about four to eight miles per gallon of diesel gas. Heavy haul trucking costs immense amounts of fuel and without the help of a truck’s two 100-gallon fuel tanks, they would not be able to make it very far.
3. Trucks have on average six times more torque than a normal passenger car. It is not surprising that it takes a lot of power to be able to tow so much weight, but 18-wheeler truck engines are also roughly four times the size of a typical car engine.
4. It can take up to two football fields before a heavy haul truck can come to a complete stop from 55 mph. Trucks stop roughly 40% slower than passenger vehicles; however, this difference can increase dramatically depending on road conditions and payload.
Heavy haul trucking remains the backbone of the transportation industry, without it no consumer goods would be able to be delivered in a timely manner. At LTA Logistics, we are dedicated to finding optimal solutions for all of our client’s heavy haul trucking problems. Contact us at (888)-502-0582 today to learn more about our services.
When planning transportation of heavy cargo, project managers should have one goal in mind: deliver the cargo from point A to point B as safely and efficiently as possible. There are many factors that affect the execution of a heavy cargo transport, including the quality of employees, the availability of necessary equipment, the planning and trajectory of the project, and the amount of cargo delivered. Planning the safest and most efficient routes is of the essence. Paying sole attention to the fastest route will likely give way to delays and other unplanned obstacles. Heavy project cargo management handles meticulous pre-planning that must address permit and license requirements, capacity issues, and other logistical hurdles.
Although automatically opting for the fastest route to your destination is unwise for logistical heavy haul transport, one of the most important factors in project management is informed scheduling—ensuring your delivery makes it to the next stop on schedule. If the expected cargo arrives late, plans for the rest of the journey fall behind schedule while valuable time and money is wasted. To navigate around time hurdles, it is pivotal to develop a comprehensive strategy that takes into account freight dimensions, carrier selection, route clearances, and backup plans that anticipate the possibility of mistakes.
Additionally, ongoing communication with clients is of the utmost importance. A logistics company should be available to answer any and all inquiries a client may have about the project’s life cycle. Dispelling uncertain and vague project plans will optimize the outcome of the journey and ensure client satisfaction once the cargo reaches its site location.
During stops, using the proper equipment and manpower to load and unload project cargo in a timely manner is also important for a successful transport. Knowing how to tackle irregular or challenging freight will help prepare you for the unexpected—a necessary skill in heavy project cargo management. An experienced crew will mean the difference between a journey executed with expertise and a journey wrought with costly mistakes.
Heavy project cargo management requires extensive knowledge of the industry and the requisite skills to carry out client expectations. If you have a difficult transport job or other needs pertaining to heavy haul transport, contact the qualified team at LTA Logistics by calling 888-502-0582 with questions.
Oftentimes, when people discuss a heavy equipment transporter, it is closely tied to military equipment. There is a sound reason for this usage: the phrase is linked to the “heavy equipment transport system,” or HETS, which historically transports tanks and other military hardware.
Why Use Heavy Equipment Transporters?
It can be confusing to consider why the military would use one vehicle to transport another vehicle. Why put a tank on the back of a heavy equipment transporter when you could just drive the tank to where it needs to be instead? There are a few reasons for this practice. First, it reduces the wear on the tank. Having any part of the tank wear out when it is most necessary can mean the difference between life and death for its crew. Next, the transporter can tow any damaged vehicles. Lastly, moving a tank on the bed of a transporter is actually faster than driving the tank itself. This speed can decrease the time it takes to deploy the tank and help reduce fuel costs.
These principles can apply to other heavy military vehicles as well. Heavy equipment transport has seen great improvements over the past several decades and will surely continue to improve its efficiency and safety.
Contact a Heavy Equipment Transporter
Of course, military equipment isn’t the only heavy equipment that can benefit from the services offered by a heavy equipment transporter. At LTA Logistics, we recognize there are many different kinds of heavy equipment that may need to be moved from point A to point B. Our expert drivers and transport specialists are ready to help you make it happen. Call us at (888) 502-0582 to speak with one of our knowledgeable representatives about your needs today.
Relocating an automobile to a new home or owner is often a troublesome process. No one wants to buy an expensive one-way plane ticket just to start driving a vehicle across the nation after landing. Fortunately, with heavy equipment transport, a person can call upon a reliable service to have a vehicle safely delivered to their desired destination.
Up to 100 pounds allowed in the trunk – Customers of LTA Logistics are able to take advantage of this service to ship other goods in their automobile free of charge.
Full Coverage Insurance – All vehicles transported receive full coverage insurance, so if any damage occurs during the delivery process, a vehicle owner will receive fair compensation.
Vehicle Satellite Tracking – Get the latest information on the location of any truck, so a vehicle owner can monitor the delivery of his vehicle to make sure it is timely and efficient.
Qualified Drivers – At LTA Logistics, all of our drivers meet and exceed the state requirements for a commercial driver’s license. Let our experienced and proven drivers deliver your vehicle so you do not have to sit through long hours of traffic.
If you or someone you know needs to deliver an automobile or other heavy haul, a qualified heavy equipment transporter will be able to ensure that you will have a punctual and convenient delivery. At LTA Logistics, we are dedicated to helping families transport their heavy equipment in the fastest and safest way possible. Contact our office at (888) 502-0582 to learn more about our services today.
While safety should be near the very core of every heavy haul trucking company, some, unfortunately, overlook certain procedures and take shortcuts. Luckily, there is an organization dedicated to making sure that trucking companies adhere to a strict set of safety regulations.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulates trucking in the Unites States; its mission is to prevent fatalities and injuries that are caused by commercial vehicles. The FMCSA has developed an array of stricter regulations that work towards this goal. For example, the FMCSA sets the safety regulations that govern drug testing, procedures for those hauling hazardous material, and the limits concerning the number of hours that a driver can stay behind the wheel.
The hours-of-service safety regulations vary between property-carrying drivers and passenger-carrying drivers, but they each require drivers to spend a certain amount of time off duty before they can hit the road again. Any driver who is impaired by fatigue is dangerous, but given the increased size of heavy haul trucking loads, it’s extremely important for heavy haul truck drivers to follow these safety regulations.
In addition to formulating and enforcing various safety regulations, the FMCSA also makes efforts to prevent accidents through education. Their website has sections devoted to reminding drivers of the simple efforts that aid in accident-prevention, like buckling up, double-checking maps, and remaining free of distraction on the road.
At LTA Logistics, our drivers are committed to following all safety regulations set by the FMCSA. We make every effort to transport loads as quickly as possible but in a safe and responsible manner. When heavy haul trucking companies take shortcuts, accidents can happen. If you have a load that needs transporting and want to learn more about how we can best accommodate your needs, call LTA Logistics at (888) 502-0582.
Despite the current awe of self-driving models such as Tesla’s semi-autonomous Model S and Uber’s self-driving taxis, the recent buzz about self-driving cars may soon turn into news about trucking’s imminent autonomous future. According to Alain Kornhauser, head of Princeton University’s Autonomous Vehicle Engineering Program, heavy rigs are well suited to automated technology. For this reason, implementation of automation may be popular in trucking before it peaks for average drivers. The bulk of heavy haul journeys happen on the highway and interstate, where lanes are visibly marked, surfaces are smooth, and sharp turns are rare. Smooth, predictable terrain makes it less likely for a heavy haul truck to be navigating around cracked or broken roadways.
Additionally, the use of most highways is reserved for automobiles and excludes the possibility of bikes, pedestrians, and running children unexpectedly obstructing the truck’s path. The same cannot be said about self-driving cars, which must regularly maneuver through towns, bustling cities, and busy neighborhoods. Kornhauser makes sure to highlight the point that “self-driving” does not equate to “driverless,” despite the fear of truckers being replaced by new technology. If self-driving heavy haul trucks permeate the industry, truck drivers will still be in the cab, monitoring the vehicle and ready to intervene if necessary. This set up may alleviate fears that technology is making the job of a truck driver obsolete.
According to Kornhauser, the switch to automated rigs will make truck drivers’ jobs safer and less stressful, as opposed to eradicating them completely. Within the cab, screens that will do whatever drivers need throughout the journey while still offering a clear view of the road would surround drivers. While we still do not have a clear picture of how a future with self-driving fleets may look, there is no doubt that the technology is getting closer and closer to the marketplace with each passing year.
At LTA Logistics, we use the most efficient means of transport available and have extensive knowledge in long haul transit. If you have needs pertaining to heavy haul equipment transfer, do not hesitate to contact us at (888) 502-0582 to learn more.