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Looking at Headhaul, Backhaul, and Deadhead

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  1. I believe there may be another factor that contributes to the greater likelihood of a crash when a driver is deadheading. Consider: when deadheading, drivers are frequently on their own schedule and not a shipper’s (i.e. heading to the house). This may relieve some of that feeling of "pressure" and the related focus on the job. And that decrease in focus, however slight, may lead to an increase in the frequency of crashes. Sure. Empties are a little less stable than fully loaded trailers. I’m just not certain, given my experience as an OTR driver, this instability is so significant that it is reasonable to suggest (as this infographic appears to do) it is practically the sole reason the likelihood of crashes is 2.5 times greater while deadheading.

  2. Fact check: "empty trailers weigh half as much as full"
    Typical dry van is 14,000 lbs versus a load of 43,000+ lbs.

    Flats 10,000 lbs vs 45,000+ lbs loads.

Trevor Willingham

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