Peak Seasons For Trucking

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Sun King's Comment
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I am in a position where I can be patient to find the right trucking opportunity for me. I am curious about the peak seasons in the Trucking Industry. Of course, depending on what is being pulled will determine when the peak(s) may be.

I know that Beverage should be ramping up soon. According to my co-worker who drove for a beverage distributor, late Spring and Early Summer is when they pick up and are looking for drivers. How about the other segments in the industry? If you know, I sure would appreciate the sharing of your knowledge.

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Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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I have noticed that things ramp up in the spring and then taper off just before the holiday season starts is pretty much across the board. I have pulled reefer , flatbed, and now dry van.

With the exception of reefer, which stays pretty steady most of the year (because of the fact that they are mostly food items).

Ernie

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Sun King's Comment
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Thanks for the info Ernie! I have been targeting a handful of companies since late January. I will widen my net after I let the business pick up for a month, maybe two. What's your thoughts on how long I should wait before I open up my search to more companies?

Eckoh's Comment
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I averaged 2900 miles a week during the "slow season"

if you are in a company that has good freight there is a slow season, it just moves around.

Sun King's Comment
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I averaged 2900 miles a week during the "slow season"

if you are in a company that has good freight there is a slow season, it just moves around.

I got a touch of OCD and work like hell to plan ahead. I figured it might be a stretch to assume some "tight" seasons. From what I've read, even the Christmas season can swing a little bit based on a variety of reasons.

Eckoh's Comment
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I averaged 2900 miles a week during the "slow season"

if you are in a company that has good freight there is a slow season, it just moves around.

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I got a touch of OCD and work like hell to plan ahead. I figured it might be a stretch to assume some "tight" seasons. From what I've read, even the Christmas season can swing a little bit based on a variety of reasons.

i am currenty with SWIFT and they have the most freight of any company in the US, however if you prove yourself you will always get miles

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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Thanks for the info Ernie! I have been targeting a handful of companies since late January. I will widen my net after I let the business pick up for a month, maybe two. What's your thoughts on how long I should wait before I open up my search to more companies?

The time to start is about March/April.

So far, I have enjoyed the flatbed experience the most. After I take care of my immediate medical issues, I am looking into getting back into flatbed.

Ernie

Car Washer Mac's Comment
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At UPS, things really start to pick up around mid-October. Very hectic until January 15th or so. That's when they let the seasonal guys go. Then, it's slow until March/springtime.

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