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Keeping It Cool: 3 Tips for Hauling Temperature Controlled Freight

Keeping It Cool: 3 Tips for Hauling Temperature Controlled Freight.The Road


As the temperature rises, so does demand for fresh summer fruits and vegetables, burgers and hotdogs for the grill, and ice cream treats. This is the time of year that consumers stock and restock their refrigerators with the warm weather foods they love, sending an influx of temperature controlled freight out on the roads.

Maintaining the integrity of temperature sensitive products from point A to point B takes precision and care. Here are three tips to keep in mind as you and your refrigerated truck hit the road this season.

Be cognizant of temperature requirements. Before loading temperature sensitive freight into your trailer, pulp the product to check the temperature of the box. Pulping may not always possible, but it’s a great practice and smart step to verify that the product is at the temperature dictated by the bill of lading (BOL). If there is a discrepancy, contact your third party logistics provider (3PL) or customer.

Never cut the seal. A majority of food grade freight requires a seal from the shipper after it’s loaded on the trailer. If your load has a seal, don’t cut it—leave that for the receiver to do. A seal that’s left intact is proof that the product hasn’t been tampered with or removed, and that’s a welcome sight for any receiver.

Have a quarterly maintenance plan. A regular maintenance check—for both preventative and scheduled upkeep—is key in making sure your equipment is performing at its best. Keeping your maintenance records up to date means you know your refrigerated equipment is in good condition, and that protects temperature sensitive freight on the road.

How do you prepare for the spike in the temperature controlled season? Leave a comment and tell us about the best practices that help you successfully transport refrigerated freight.

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April Cook

I like your tip to have a quarterly maintenance check. It's better to catch any problems at these checks instead of discovering them while on the road. What can you do if you notice the temperature change during the haul? Thanks for this information!



Jaque Christo

Thank you for the post and 3 tips for hauling temperature controlled freight. I think having a maintenance plan is a great idea to ensure the vehicles are working properly. You want to be sure you are checking the seals and equipment so your refrigerated truck continues to do its job.



Emanuel Harris

Great article! I agree with all of your tips but I agree with everything stated. What i agree with most on what you said about the temperature requirements. Overall great tips!




Caden Dahl

If I had to drive a truck with any kind of temperature controlled freight, I would want a trailer that could keep the cargo at whatever temperature it needs to be at. I think that having the quarterly maintenance plan is one of the better things you can do, as you did mention. That way, you are doing preventative maintenance to keep the trailer in top shape with minimal downtime.



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