Flatbed Trailer

Logistics Term

What’s a Flatbed Trailer?

A flatbed trailer is open deck equipment that’s not covered on any side. Flatbed trailers are used for shipping heavy machinery and equipment, oversized and overweight goods, and any other goods that aren’t delicate. Flatbed trailers are versatile and can transport all types of goods. Loading and unloading of goods are easy and fast because of their shape. Flatbed trailers are some of the most used, and their sizes range between 48 to 53 ft. During harsh weather conditions, goods on flatbed trailers must be covered using waterproof tarps to protect them from being damaged.

Flatbed Trailer - In The Field

The size and weight of a load dictate the flatbed trailer used. A flatbed trailer should accommodate the size and weight of the load for smooth and hassle-free transport. Once the goods are loaded on a flatbed trailer, they must be secured using strong chains or ropes to ensure that they’re safe while in transit. Drivers are advised to make regular integrity checks to fasten straps securing the goods because they quickly become loose due to too much movement. That can be dangerous and could lead to fatal accidents.

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