Have you ever found yourself in a position where you needed something done in such a time-sensitive manner that you were sure it would never happen? Well don’t worry, we’ve all been there. 

At such times as this, conventional hauling services aren’t going to make the cut, but Urgent Hot Shot Services at Texas Elite Logistics will! 

Hot Shot delivery service enters the picture when you need something hauled immediately, ensuring timely delivery and careful cargo handling. These LTL freights carry less capacity than a full load, and get you what you need on a fast-paced schedule. 

Here at Texas Elite Logistics, we are available 24/7 to ensure your shipments arrive safely and on time. There are so many people who are a part of what we do, making our logistics and transportation team one of the best in the business. One position that makes us stand out is our drivers! Safe, swift, and dedicated, our drivers will get your materials where they need to be, when they need to be there. Especially when roads are busy and hot in the summertime, learn to make the most of your driving by following these tips.   

Be aware of the time and date

While it is not always possible to avoid driving in the middle of the day, it can be helpful to avoid doing so if possible as it is cooler during these times and may put less strain on your vehicle. You should also check the forecast before you drive. Just because it is summer, does not mean sun is the only thing you will come across on your drive. Depending on your location, your roads may cross more dangerous driving weather than sun such as thunderstorms, flash floods, or even tornadoes. It is also important to be aware of if you are traveling during busy holiday dates. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more motor vehicle fatalities from crashes during holiday periods than non holiday periods. Be extra conzginant of certain holidays and where there might be an increased risk of dangerous drivers from people drinking and driving.     

Check your tires  

Before any long trip, it is wise to check your tire pressure is at the correct level for optimum performance. If you have tire sensors to check the heat and air pressure on your tires, it is important to regularly test and maintain your tire sensors as well. If they are not correctly tracking temperature, fleet operators will be unable to tell you your tires are overheating. Fleet operators can help driving time and safety stay up to par by closely monitoring their networks and sensors. Being aware of where your tires are at before, during, and after your drive can help avoid many potential tire problems.       

Take preventive measures 

In order to prevent your truck from overheating, think preventatively. Trucks are more likely to overheat if the engine coolant is low, the electric fan does not work, the radiator is not functioning properly, and/or the fan belt is broken. By regularly checking on these before any big trips, you can help prevent your truck from overheating. Sometimes, despite all precautions, trucks still break down. Plan for this. Pack emergency supplies just in case you do break down. Water, jumper cables, a spare tire, flashlights, a first aid kit, and portable cellphone charger and battery are all useful things to have if you find yourself broken down.  

Watch your fluids 

Keep your eyes on the road– and also on your gas tank. Especially in summer, you do not want to run out of gas in the middle of nowhere. Make sure to fill up your tank so you know you will make it to your next destination. Being stranded is never good, but it can be especially dangerous in summer months with higher temperatures present. Check other fluids in your vehicle such as wiper fluid, coolant, brake fluid, motor oil, and transmission fluid. If these fluids are not properly maintained, it could result in an overheated truck or even engine failure.   

Be on the lookout   

As  many people hit the road with their families for summer vacations, the roads may get busier. Prepare for busier roads by being extra vigilant and giving plenty of room to other drivers. Drivers on their way to vacation with their families may have added distractions with the whole family in the car. Motorcycles and RVs may also be on the road in larger quantities. During the summer months, there may be more teen drivers on the road than normal as high schools get out for summer vacation. According to the CDC, in 2019, almost 2,400 teens were killed and 258,000 injured due to motor vehicle accidents in the United States alone. While these did not all happen in summer, it is wise to be extra vigilant of some of the less experienced drivers on the road.   

Take care of yourself  

Driving with the sun shining in your windshield can make anyone drowsy. Especially when the sun is out for long bouts in summer, make sure to protect your eyes. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun. Take frequent breaks from your driving if necessary. You can get out and walk around at a rest stop or stop to grab some coffee as a way to stay fully alert. Most of all, be cognizant of how you are feeling. Sometimes, it is necessary to stop and rest.    
The American Trucking Association estimated that the 2021 driver shortage was at 80,000 drivers. According to Frobes, if the trend continues, this shortage could be at 160,000 drivers by 2030. Our drivers are committed to being at work and dedicated to making sure we get your products to you. Have questions about driving in the summer or need a logistics team to transport your freight from Point A to Point B? Contact us today.

 They require fewer resources and it can be a wonderful way for small truck owners to make some money!

How can this benefit your daily life? Well, let’s say you’re building a brand new home, but half of what you need is currently in another location, far from you. You’re having family over the next week and the contractors do not work over the weekend, leaving you with just four days of availability to finish the project. 

Hot Shot Services come and save the day, getting your supplies where you need them on a same-day basis so that your project is finished and your family is pleased with the new home that is newly finished! 

Imagine if the availability of Hot Shot services were not in your area… That will never be a problem with Texas Elite Logistics which has over 60,000 independent trucking companies in its network, all throughout the United States. So, you need it, we’ve got it!