Refrigerated loads are one of the most common types of freight to haul in the transportation industry. Carrying refrigerated freight gives drivers the chance to shake up hauling their typical dry van freight, and have the unique opportunity to diversify their skill set. Whether you’re a rookie driver or a veteran of the industry, it’s never too late to learn something new and start hauling refrigerated freight.
Below are a few basic tips and tricks of the trade to get you started on the road as a refrigerated driver!
Be sure to wash your trailer as often as you can (after every load if possible). Not doing so can cause contamination and can ruin other loads. Additionally, be sure to clean your trailer carefully. Sometimes things like nails or pieces of wood get stuck or left behind from pallets and freight, and you should be careful to remove them safely.
Make sure the trailer is set at the correct temperature for each load you haul. Even if the temperature is monitored remotely, it’s good practice to ensure the unit is operating correctly and displaying the correct information.
Always check the cooling unit’s fuel level as soon as you pick it up. If it’s below half, fill up before you depart on your trip.
Top professionals in refrigerated hauling will also check the temperature of the freight with another tool other than the trailer’s gauge (such as a pulp temperature thermometer) as it’s getting loaded onto the trailer. Be sure to record it on the bill of lading as well for your records.
While this is just a start to some of the processes and best practices you need to be aware of, many transportation companies offer training to help you learn everything you need to know to haul refrigerated freight successfully and efficiently.
Celadon has career opportunities currently available for professional truck drivers! To learn more, apply below or check out our refrigerated page!