TMC's Specialized Division Often Serves as a Driver's Career Pinnacle
on Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Specialized (adj.) requiring or involving detailed and specific knowledge or training
Specialized is the word used to describe one of the most esteemed group of drivers here at TMC. These Black & Chrome trucks are hard to miss, and that’s not just because of the perfectly polished Peterbilt tractor. The (often) big loads on the trailer are usually what grabs a truck driver's attention.
At TMC, our Specialized Division drivers are top notch. They are vastly experienced and have the knowledge and discipline to understand and obey many more rules than just a legal load for a 48’ flatbed. The driver fleet in TMC's Specialized Division includes the most highly skilled and experienced drivers in the industry. Specialized drivers generally haul equipment and machinery, sometimes of massive proportions, to and from dealers that sell to major farming and construction corporations. Over-dimensional, or heavy haul, trucking is not an easy task. However, for a professional truck driver, it is often a career pinnacle.
The Specialized Division is typically attractive to TMC's drivers because of the variety of equipment they have the opportunity to haul, as well as being able to reduce the time spent at the steel/lumber mills and hauling the routine linehaul freight. Additionally, instead of pulling only 48’ flatbed trailers, these drivers are able to pull 53’ step-deck trailers and Removable Goose Neck (RGN) trailers. These trailer types enable TMC to accommodate various types of construction and agricultural machinery, along with other commodities that have additional loading and off-loading requirements.
Most of the freight being hauled by TMC's Specialized Division is over dimensional. These drivers have a big responsibility to get these distinctive loads delivered safely, while obeying all of the federal, state, and local over dimensional rules. These can pertain to hours they can run, rush hour, curfew limitations, weather and wind limitations, daylight and darkness limitations, holidays, etc.
“These guys haul loads that are tall, wide, long, heavy, and sometimes all of the above in the same load,” says Chad Reece, Dedicated Fleet Manager at TMC. “These drivers have our utmost respect for what they do and the sacrifices they make to be the professional drivers that they are. Our Specialized drivers are shining representations of TMC and the trucking industry.”