Backhaul is roundtrip transportation of a load. That means a truck is loaded on its way to the final destination and back though the same route. It requires mapping out to ensure a trailer isn’t empty at any time. Backhauling eliminates additional trips and cuts down on price because fuel is fully utilized. The last thing any driver wants is to come back to the starting point empty after delivering a load.
Backhaul - In The Field
Backhauling is common when transporting multiple vehicles. That means as drivers stop through the journey to deliver other vehicles, they also pick up vehicles headed in the same direction. In this case, delivery can take longer because drivers keep stopping. However, the delivery time might be a little faster if the driver is only transporting a single load to the final destination and picking up another one on his way back.