Song Inspiration "The Distance" by Cake, 1996
Reluctantly crouched at the starting line, Engines pumping and thumping in time
The green light flashes, the flags go up, Churning and burning, they yearn for the cup
Okay, the lyrics to Cake’s The Distance are a bit of an exaggeration as to what life is like in the trucking industry, but I think there are some pretty good references that explain why Short Haul Trucking Rates can be expensive. The short answer is, we’re going the distance! Let me explain.
The world of hauling short haul freight, defined as lanes of 250 miles one way, is certainly one that can be lucrative and command a high revenue per mile if executed properly. At the end of the day, it is the goal of leadership, operations, and professional truck drivers to run as many miles per day as quickly, efficiently, and safely as possible; after all, the money is made when “the engines are pumping and thumping in time.”
Pricing of short haul lanes all comes down to utilization. The dynamics involved with hauling short haul freight can be challenging and costly in labor and equipment if it isn’t utilized properly.