Freight Slowing down during the winter?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by DeepSouthRollin, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. DeepSouthRollin

    DeepSouthRollin Light Load Member

    Apr 14, 2018
    Do ALL trucking company's freight slow down during the winter months?
    I understand that it will slow down a bit due to bad weather, BUT..
    We have slowed down so much that I am considering moving to another company or another terminal within the same company. I have talked with other terminal drivers and they are steady rolling unlike where I am.
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  2. STexan

    STexan Road Train Member

    Oct 3, 2011
    Longview, TX
    Are you talking about general truckload dry freight? Regional or OTR?

    But yes, in truckload trucking, there is immense competition, in spite of what the overall economic conditions are doing. Some will succeed, beat others up, and come out the other side, others will struggle and possibly fail. I can't relate anymore. Where I am presently, there really is no busy times and slow times but I realize there is for others.

    Some expand too much and/or too fast during the boom time assuming the boom time would go on forever, then end up with a lot of unhappy drivers after the boom runs out, which it always does. Food on the other hand goes on, regardless what the economy does. People are always going to eat, either at home from a grocery store or at a fast food place, or at a restaurant
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  3. x1Heavy

    x1Heavy Road Train Member

    Mar 5, 2016
    White County, Arkansas

    Some do some do not. Others park for winter. (Blacktop work comes to mind.)

    What we used to do in the old days is run hard say thrid week of Feb into around 2nd week of November. If it's indian summer or autmnum you took a few more weeks out and gave thanks for his holy bleesings upon us all into winter. The better to celebrate the spring.
  4. Texas_hwy_287

    Texas_hwy_287 Road Train Member

    Sep 25, 2016
    General freight gets slow during winter time. Even the LTLs are slow.
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  5. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    We're local and regional and we slow down in the winter. Most of our hauling is related to the construction, tourist, and logging industries. When they slow down so do we.
    Honestly by the time the slowdown comes the drivers are ready for it. They'll work thirty five or forty hours a week all winter instead of going balls to the wall and bumping up against their hours for nine months out of the year.
  6. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    It gives you time to re-lyric your favorite country song to fit your situation.

    In your best country voice..

    I been in sleeper 'bout a 100 hours..
    Ain't got no dispatch..
    I get the blues every time I check..
    Been that way for months..

    My qualcomm is.. Dry dry dry! Oh my box is... Dryyyyy

    *twangy guitar notes*
  7. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    What type trailer are you pulling? If you're pulling a reefer it shouldn't be slowing down at all with Christmas and New Year right around the corner.
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  8. Moose1958

    Moose1958 Road Train Member

    Dec 17, 2010
    Hampton Virginia
    I pulled a reefer and during the months of Oct, Nov and Dec my company ran my rear off. If I was not hauling General Mills it was Tyson, if not Tyson it was candy. This went on till about mid Jan. I sometimes took 2 weeks of home time in late Jan. Then Feb and March was slow but I still made good money. By April it was going again.

    Some may not want to say it, but these winter months is when the "problem" drivers sit. I have had my FM send me a load after sitting at our terminal for a few hours and leave with drivers sitting that have been sitting for a day or two. Goes back to that relationship with the FM and making those appointments. If you ever get on a load planners (redacted) list I feel for you when the freight is slow.
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  9. WesternPlains

    WesternPlains Road Train Member

    Sep 1, 2017
    Don’t quit your day job. :)
  10. TravR1

    TravR1 Road Train Member

    Nov 9, 2017
    deleted. Dont want to derail
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2018
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