As an island nation, the import and export industry is a staple part of our day to day society, which is one of the main reasons why goods transportation by road is currently thriving. Whilst we have been importing and exporting goods for literally centuries upon centuries, goods transportation by road is a relatively new concept, due largely to the fact that we have only just been able to establish strong road links from various depots, ports, and stations. Road haulage providers such as lorry drivers are the backbone of our great nation as without them, working life as we know it would come grinding to a halt.
Despite what some people may think however, road haulage, and the art of goods transportation by road, is not just as simple as loading a van or a lorry with various items and then driving to other parts of the country to deliver them, as, like all things business-related, there is a great deal of paperwork, logistics, and health and safety measures that must first be adhered to. To help provide an insight into what is required to be a road haulage driver, here’s a more detailed look at just a few of the more useful facts about the vehicles and trailers used in the road haulage industry.
When it comes to goods transportation by road, although you probably think of lorries as the only real vehicle used for the job, in reality, there are many different types of vehicles commonly used in the road haulage industry, including many different types of lorry. As well as lorries, for smaller and lighter goods, vans can also be used. Commonly, you will find that the primary types of vehicles used for goods transportation are Artics, otherwise known as articulated lorries. Artics are large vehicles which are made up of a tractor unit complete with what is known as a turn-table device. This device can be linked up with a trailer, although it is not essential. As far as trailers go, there are different types of trailer that can be attached to Artics, with some of the more common examples being:
These are very similar to flatbed trailers, with the main difference being a removable canopy commonly made of PVC.
These can be used for virtually any type of road goods and cargo, although the goods must be secured down, protected from the weather, as well as being protected from theft in the process.
Box trailers are rigid units that feature loading from the rear doors. Basically, think of a box trailer as a large box on wheels. For valuable goods, box trailers are ideal.
These trailer units are almost identical to box trailers, with the main difference being the fact that the walls on the left and right-hand side of the unit, slide back and forth just like curtains in the home do. Obviously they’re made from durable and hard-wearing material, of course.