What Flatbed Equipment Do I Need To Get Started?
The first step in getting started as a flatbed driver is making sure you have the proper flatbed equipment to handle the job. The next step is realizing that not all flatbed loads are created equally. In other words, you need to make sure you have a variety of equipment on hand, at all times, so you will be prepared to properly secure a load of any size or type for transportation. Don’t worry if you are not sure what type of flatbed trailer equipment you need to get started in the industry. We have all of the information you need in this blog to get you started and on the road!
Flatbed Trailer Equipment & Benefits
The following list includes some of the most popular flatbed equipment to get you started:
- Tarps - Tarps are custom made and come in all sizes. It is best to get different size tarps so you will be prepared to cover, and protect, all types of flatbed loads from road debris and the elements.
- Bungee Cord and Ropes - Depending on the size and shape of the load, bungee cords and ropes can be used to secure items onto the back of a flatbed truck.
- Ladder - A ladder makes it easy to get on and off a flatbed while loading and unloading cargo.
- Winch Bar - A tool designed to tighten and release winch straps and provide needed leverage to strap and secure cargo.
- Moving Pads and Blankets - These items protect cargo from becoming scratched as well as sustaining damage if items knock into each other.
Don’t Forget The Safety Flags & Oversize Load Signs
While all of the items above will help you safely load and secure your cargo, there are two additional items that should be on all flatbed equipment lists. Safety flags and oversize load signs give other drivers the information they need when being near you on the road. Oversize load signs inform other drivers to use extra caution when driving behind you or passing you on the road. Safety flags come in a number of colors and have high visibility to others on the road. Plus, safety flags are required by the DOT (Department of Transportation) for any oversized load to give other drivers ample warning about the size of the cargo load.
If you are preparing to pursue a career as a flatbed driver, visit our Granite City location to get all of your flatbed supply needs.