We are proud to announce our newest location to service the Port of Houston! We can handle a intermodal container drayage at the Barbours Cut Container Terminals as well as the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), Union Pacific (UP) & Kansas City Southern (KCS) rail ramp.
Asset Based Intermodal is a leader in the shipping & logistics industry that services Texas, Arkansas, Lousiana, Oklahoma & New Mexico. Let Asset Based Intermodal handle your intermodal drayage needs from the port to the rail yard in the Houston area now too.
If you need a rate, please email Rates@AssetbasedIntermodal.com
At Asset Based Intermodal, we utilize cross-docking wherever possible. “Superior logistics planning includes cross-docking wherever possible. Cross-docking is the practice of unloading materials from an incoming vehicle and immediately loading these same materials directly onto outbound vehicles with minimal or zero warehousing interval between. Think of this as “Just-in-Time” shipping. Cross-docking is an ideal solution when product freshness is paramount. Cross-docking evolved out of a need to get perishable goods to market quickly. This procedure is one of the key inclusions an organization can make to its portfolio of standards whose function is to drive manufacturing and distribution center improvements.”
Rising temperatures can also wreak havoc on your truck. From your brakes, to tires, to engine oil and engine coolant, there are a few precautions you can take before heading out on your journey to make sure it’s a smooth one.
When temperatures get too hot, brakes can fade, or the components can reach a point where no additional heat can be absorbed, causing lost friction.
When you apply the brakes, heat is transferred to the brake fluid. If you don’t give the brakes adequate time to cool, the brake fluid can actually boil, causing the brake pedal to reach the floor with no braking power.
Check your brakes frequently during a trip in hot weather. If you have a heavy load and have a long descent downhill, consider shifting down a gear or two to take some of the stress off the brakes.
Check brake pads to make sure they are in good shape and check brake fluid to make sure it isn’t old or contains contaminants.
Engine Oil & Coolant
Before a long, hot trip, check your coolant level. A low level could lead to engine overheating which could add more rest time to your trip than wanted.
It may also be smart to replace engine oil in the hot weather. Switching to a higher viscosity oil could also help protect your engine during high temperatures.
Hot weather trucking can cause tires to wear out faster. You may experience more flat tires due to air loss, or tire blowouts because heat wears down on the integrity of the tire.
To prevent tire troubles and overheating, make sure you have the proper air pressure in tires to help regulate the tires’ temperature.
Protect Yourself from the Sun
The sun can be deadly, but it can also cause some unwanted side effects. If you’re traveling for long bouts of time, be sure to wear sunscreen to prevent burns (especially on nice days when their windows are down).
Keep plenty of water around to keep you hydrated and to help you stay cool during long trips.
Expect more traffic, Longer Trips
In the summertime, many children and teachers are out of school, families are taking off work for vacations, and more road construction is taking place.
All of these factors can lead to increased traffic and congestion. Traffic isn’t just annoying, it’s costly.
According to the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), traffic congestion in America creates a $78 billion annual drain on the U.S. economy, in the form of 4.2 billion lost hours and 2.9 billion gallons of wasted fuel.
That means shippers, receivers, and drivers alike can expect longer transit times in the hot weather months, especially routes to the beach or toward recreational areas.
It’s not just winter that brings harsh weather conditions. Another major factor that affects drivers in the hot weather months is severe weather.
Along with high temperatures come thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, and dry spells. Heavy rain, lightning, and wind can slow transit time significantly. Rain brings flooding and decreased visibility, lightning and wind can mean downed trees and power lines, and many bridges impose wind restrictions to keep tractor trailers and other large vehicles safe.
Radar weather apps and real-time weather alerts can help you plan your routes around potential severe weather threats.
Staying Cool While Hot Weather Trucking
Staying cool and safe is a top priority when hauling in hot, hot heat. We hope our tips were useful and help those that aren’t behind the wheel day to day to understand the process of hot weather trucking.
We are pleased to annouce our new Intermodal Carrier location in San Antonio. Our San Antonio location is an Intermodal Trucking Company that handles the movement of equipment from the UPRR where we are positioned to serve the cities of San Antonio, Austin, Eagle Pass and Laredo, as well as the entire south Texas market. In addition, we have a secured yard with parking for trucks, trailers and containers.
Being in the trucking industry for a couple of decades now, we have never seen a shortage like this in truck drivers. Here at Asset Based Intermodal, Inc. we are looking for qualified owner-operators. We pay over intermodal industry standard and have many other perks such as being home every night, free parking and much more!
Take a look at our website link here with qualifications & the application and then give us a call at:
“America has a massive shortage of truck drivers. Joyce Brenny, head of Brenny Transportation in Minnesota, increased driver pay 15 percent this year to try to attract more drivers. Many of her drivers now earn $80,000, she says, yet she still can’t find enough people for the job.
About 51,000 more drivers are needed to meet the demand from companies such as Amazon and Walmart that are shipping more goods across the country, according to the American Trucking Associations. The driver shortage is already leading to delayed deliveries and higher prices for goods that Americans buy. The ATA predicts that it’s likely to get worse in the coming years.
Many trucking companies are so desperate for drivers that they are offering signing bonuses and pay raises. So why don’t more Americans want this job? We asked truck drivers who have been doing the job anywhere from four months to 40 years for their views.
A few drivers told The Washington Post that they earn $100,000, but many said their annual pay is less than $50,000 (government statistics say median pay for the industry is $42,000). As for the bonuses, driver Daniel Gollnick said they are a “complete joke” because of all the strings attached.
Despite the hardships, half said they would recommend the job to friends and family, chiefly because, as Gollnick said, “it’s the easiest money you can get without a college degree.” Here are the drivers’ perspectives on America’s trucking crisis.
Would you recommend this job? “I do. I tell friends who are working minimum-wage or factory jobs to go get their CDL [Commercial Driver’s License, which takes a few weeks]. It’s the easiest money you can get without a college degree, but it’s a hard industry. You’re going to be alone a lot.”
Is the industry in a crisis? “There are not enough truckers. I’ve been running around doing extra runs, because we are shorthanded. But I’ve noticed I’m not truly picking up more physical freight. I’m just picking up at more places.”
Read more about this topic from the Washington Post here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/wonk/wp/2018/05/28/america-has-a-massive-truck-driver-shortage-heres-why-few-want-an-80000-job/?noredirect=on&__twitter_impression=true