March 21, 2023
In a perfect world, the process of moving a load would always go smoothly. The shipment would be ready to be picked up, the receiver would be waiting for your driver, and time on the road would only be spent traveling from one facility to the next. But in reality, things don’t always go according to plan.
Delays like layovers can be costly and frustrating. To minimize the stress involved and ensure that you are getting paid for your valuable time, it’s important to understand what to do when a layover occurs. Keep reading to learn all about trucking layovers, including why they happen and how to navigate them.
If you’re an experienced trucker, you’ve likely dealt with a layover at some point in your career. For those who are newer to the industry, trucking layovers occur when a driver gets delayed by either the shipper or receiver for one or more days.
There are many stakeholders involved in the process of moving goods and each party wants to work as efficiently as possible. To maximize their operations, both shippers and receivers aim to fill their schedules to capacity. Unfortunately, this leaves just a small window for error, so when mistakes or delays do happen it can cause a chain reaction.
Some examples of common mistakes or delays that might cause a layover to occur include:
Since you are still responsible for your fixed overhead costs and you miss out on revenue each day the driver is delayed, trucking layovers can quickly eat away at your monthly earnings. Beyond that, fleet owners may struggle with managing business as usual while coordinating phone calls to support a driver who is delayed.
To run your trucking business most effectively, it is important to prevent unforeseen delays like layovers from impacting your profits. Keep the following key points in mind to set yourself up for success: