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Travis L.'s Comment
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Been thinking about going with TMC. Just curious on what types of loads do they haul?

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Been thinking about going with TMC. Just curious on what types of loads do they haul?

All kinds / everything flatbed! Really, . . for rookies, basic. The professionals will answer in the am, but .. just general flatbed stuff; could be drywall, pipes, metal, rebar, even pallets.

Their training is awesome; don't 'walk on the grass!' No joke.



Great choice of a flatbed company, IMHO. Nice tractors, too!

~ Anne ~

Old School's Comment
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Hey Travis, TMC hauls flatbed loads. There is a wide variety of materials that are hauled on a flatbed. It could be construction materials, industrial products, or equipment. It could even be something unusual like a load of onions or bags of rocks. I've hauled flatbed loads for years, and the variety of loads is incredible. You should check out this epic conversation on The Variety Of Flatbed Loads. It's over 100 pages long, but you don't have to read it all, just scroll through and look at the pictures. It will give you a better understanding of what goes on a flatbed truck.

TMC also has a dedicated account that hauls boats and a specialized division for heavy haul loads. Both of those jobs require experience, and maybe only hire from specific areas.


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Travis L.'s Comment
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Thanks guy's and another thing. Does TMC or any flatbed companies stress on safety? Also I'll be honest will TMC help someone like me that is not a fan of heights help me with loads that I'm not confortable with?

PackRat's Comment
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EVERY company worth driving for stresses safety. Safety is #1 above all else 24/7/365.

Old School's Comment
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Does TMC or any flatbed companies stress on safety?

Travis, every trucking company that hires inexperienced drivers will be stressing safety. That should be the least of your worries. What you need to be concerned with is will you be able to stay safe. They are going to expect you to conduct yourself safely. If you can't they aren't going to keep you on board. You are the one responsible for safety. Trucking is all about individual responsibility. You are in charge of how you conduct yourself and operate your truck. Nobody in that office can do anything about the way you are driving or working. They have their responsibilities and you have yours.

Also I'll be honest will TMC help someone like me that is not a fan of heights help me with loads that I'm not confortable with?

Here again is an area where you probably are not really understanding how this job works. You are in charge of your truck. You are not going to be near anybody from the company who can help you unless maybe there happens to be other TMC drivers picking up at the same customer you are at. You will be dispatched to all kinds of places and picking up a wide variety of loads. Each of them is your responsibility. They are going to put you with a trainer at the beginning. During that time you will get to experience a great deal of what you will be working with. There is no way they can cover every scenario that you will possibly get into as a rookie. Prior to all that you will go through some securement training at their training facility. All of that is to prepare you to be on your own and take care of things all by yourself. That's what truckers do. We solve our own problems and come up with our own solutions.

Flatbed work involves a little more responsibility than dry-van. It has more of a learning curve for a new driver due to the load securement. If you aren't comfortable with this whole idea of securing your loads it might be better to start out your trucking career in a way that reduces your risks. Risk management is one of our top priorities as drivers. If you feel you would make a better start by pulling an enclosed trailer, then that is what I would recommend. Flatbed jobs will always be available, and it may help you get your career off to a better start without having to climb up on loads.

Most, but not all, places where we pick up flatbed loads have safety protocols that must be followed. Some plants have safety netting hooked to the trailers while you are climbing on the load. Others have fall harnesses the driver must be wearing before climbing on their load. Safety is a huge priority in the trucking world, and most of the places where you will pick up freight stress safety also. They get much better prices on their insurance by having recommended procedures in place that limit the risks to their employees and contractors.

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