What type of freight should you haul? That’s one of the most common factors many truck drivers consider when choosing a driving job. Specifically, if you’re looking at a job, you may ask, “Do truck drivers have to load and unload that freight?”
That question leads many drivers to consider no-touch freight driving jobs, which we’ll describe and help you evaluate here.
What does no-touch freight mean?
No-touch freight is freight that truck drivers do not load or unload themselves.
That could mean the shipper’s or consignee’s employees or warehouse workers load or unload a trailer/container parked at a loading dock while the driver rests in the truck cab. It could also mean drop-and-hook freight for drivers at trucking companies with large trailer and container pools.
What does drop-and-hook mean in trucking?
Drop-and-hook freight means a truck driver will drop off a loaded/unloaded trailer or container at a customer yard or warehouse lot and then hook up to another trailer or container without touching the freight or waiting for a loading/unloading process.
You can think of it this way: All drop-and-hook freight is no-touch freight, but not all no-touch freight is drop-and-hook.
What to consider with no-touch freight and drop-and-hook driving jobs