Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for US Xpress with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers.
When we went from a truckload carrier to expedite and we where in for a couple of surprises. The first surprise was how few of our initial loads did not use a door seal and the second was how much was involved with securing the freight. We were given very good advice when we started "Secure the freight as to make it part of the structure in case of an incident".
Our truck is equ
ipped with the Freightliner AirLiner suspension, that allows our freight to ride on a pillow of air. We have five rows of e-track, floor rings, and special e-track that fits over our load bars. We carry over thirty blankets, corner protectors, bands, straps and bars to protect the freight once it is on the truck.
We also have an adjustable tine pallet jack, piano dollies, carts, and plywood for decking, and other ways to move freight from inside a building to our truck, all secured in the nose of the box away from freight.
First view of our freight inside a closet
There is also another incentive to take care of freight, as we are responsible for the first $2500.00 dollars worth of damage. Much of our freight is in crates of on pallets, which is easy to secure. We also have freight that is not crated and needs special handling and tender loving care.
Padded and ready to be taken outside to truck