One of the more interesting truck driving jobs is that of a heavy equipment transporter. In most cases, these jobs are considered local with drivers generally starting early in the morning and finishing in the middle of the afternoon. There are occasions when you need to drive out of your local area, however, you will still be home that day – it’s quite rare to have an overnight stay away from home.
Heavy equipment transport drivers have a lot to consider, and often a lot more to do than just drive a truck. In some companies, you are expected to drive the heavy equipment onto the flat bed trailer then secure it safely using the correct chains and anchor points. Safety is an important issue when transporting heavy equipment – this machinery is expensive and will cause a lot of damage if it comes loose during a trip.
When driving, truck drivers who are hauling large loads need to be away of some of the difficulties they may face. Low bridges, tight corners, overhead power lines and soft ground all have the potential for trouble. If you are familiar with the area, then low bridges can be easy to avoid. Overhead power lines are also easy to avoid if you know the area well. Tight corners require good driving skills whilst soft ground is best avoided where possible, unless you want your truck and trailer buried to the axles in mud.
You certainly won’t be bored as a heavy equipment transport driver. There is plenty to think about, and plenty to do, and unless you are a well trained truck driver, very easy to get into difficulty. Diesel Truck Driver Training School has a long history of training truck drivers to drive a wide range of trucks. Transportation of heavy equipment is one area of truck driver training that we specialize in, and it only takes five weeks of training to be in a position to take on entry level work in this area.