Big Ideas and Brave Journeys: A Transportation Blog

The Right Questions to Ask When Considering a Heavy Haulage Company

A heavy haulage company is needed when you want to transport something that is bigger or heavier than what will fit on a standard truck. This can mean haulage for one particular shipment, such as when you want to move a ship that needs repairs from the dock to a shipyard, or regular haulage, such as when your shipbuilding company needs to deliver those new ships to the docks! Whatever your needs for a heavy haulage company, since your transport will be a bit different than standard freight, note a few questions to ask to ensure you hire the right company and your shipment is protected. Can they offer tie-downs and other specific safety equipment for your freight? You may want to provide your own tie-downs for freight to ensure it’s safe and not damaged by chains or other such materials, but a good heavy haulage company should also have their own recommendations and equipment for keeping your items secure. Note that this might be different for different types of freight; larger chains may be needed to keep a ship secure as it’s being towed, whereas leather straps and softer materials might be needed for robotics and other such machinery. Ask your heavy haulage company about what they can offer and would recommend so you know they have experience in keeping items like yours secure. Ask if your shipment will be delayed due to its size or weight Your shipment’s size and weight may be fine to travel on all roads, but the trucks used by a heavy haulage company might put your load over certain weight limits. Those trucks might also be too large to go under certain highway overpasses. In turn, they may need to reroute your shipment so they use roads without overpasses and which don’t have weight restrictions; this can then cause delays in your shipment. Be sure you ask about this; don’t use the size and weight of your shipment alone as a guide for whether or not the most direct route can be taken for your delivery. Can they offer assistance with bills of lading and other paperwork? It can be good to have your heavy haulage company handle bills of lading and other paperwork needed for transport, as they may be more familiar with the paperwork that is legally needed. They can also ensure you have the right paperwork for crossing state or […]

Tips For Girls on Hiring A Bentley Limousine For Prom Night

The fashion for end of school proms has spread worldwide in recent years, and making the grandest entrance of all is always at the top of prom-going girls’ lists.  Hiring a chauffeur-driven Bentley limousine is a great way to impress your friends.  Here’s some advice on how to make sure you get the limo you want, together with some tips on how to have a great prom night without breaking the bank. How to get the Bentley limousine of your dreams Quality limousines are very popular, so it’s essential that you book early to make sure you get the one you really want.  Be sure to ask your school to release the prom date as soon as it’s finalised to give you plenty of notice.  The limo company will also need to know the venue of the prom and the time you want to arrive there.  They will also ask who will be travelling with you in the limo, so you’ll need to know the total number of passengers, as well as whether it will just be girls or boys too.  This information means that the hire company can schedule the right size limo and guarantee its availability.  Bear in mind that if the limo is full, the cost per head will be cheaper, so try to fill it if you can. Always research a few companies before choosing one and check online reviews of your proposed hire company.  Sometimes, other people’s experiences can be invaluable when it comes to choosing the best hire company. Always go and have a look at the vehicle you will be hiring before you book, so that you know whether it’s the right size to accommodate your guests and is what you want. Prom night money saving tips Prom dresses can be extremely expensive.  You could save money by renting one instead, bearing in mind that you’ll probably only wear it once.  Online dress rental is usually the cheapest way to go, but be sure to order your dress well in advance; so that you have time to make sure it fits properly.   Instead of having your hair and makeup done professionally, you can save money by asking a member of your family to do it for you.  If you prefer, why not get together with some friends and do each other’s hair and makeup using online tutorials for guidance?   If the […]

A Few Questions to Ask a Potential Freight Transport Services Company

A freight transport services company is very important for the overall success of your business; your products will do nothing if they cannot arrive to your customer’s or client’s location in a timely fashion and in good condition. A transport company should be seen as a partner in your business, and it’s good to ask questions of any potential company so you know you’ll hire the right one. Note a few of those questions here and why they’re so important. 1. Ask them to explain their software to you Many freight transport companies will have software designed especially for them, so they can personalize its features and create processes that are good for how they run their business, and they can ensure it ties into their accounting and other such programs. However, you may also need access to certain features in order to ensure your freight is being weighed properly, arriving on time, being rerouted as necessary due to weather and so on. You should be able to easily navigate their software and whatever programs they use to keep track of your freight, billing and the like, so always ask them to explain it to you before you make a hiring decision. 2. Ask if they use their own drivers or subcontract to carriers When a company subcontracts to other carriers or freight forwarding services, this can allow them to have a larger available fleet that can more readily get your freight to its destination, especially if you ship all over the country. However, this can also bring up issues with payment; if your freight company doesn’t pay their subcontracted carriers quickly, they can stop their services. Ask if they subcontract, and if they do, ask about their payment schedule. Make sure they consistently pay their subcontracted carriers on time. 3. Ask about their capacity Along with asking about their drivers versus carriers, ask about their actual capacity. This will tell you if they have the trucks needed to handle your goods and if they would be able to more readily and easily handle last-minute shipments, oversized shipments and the like. Their capacity may also need to encompass various modes of freight, such as railway lines or air transport services. This will ensure you can easily reroute your freight if there are logistical problems on the road, such as storms that have made roads impassable, or if you need a […]

What to Remember When Considering a Bus Hire for Your Group

A bus hire can be a good choice for any group that’s traveling together, whether it’s a travel group that is taking in some sights and sounds, or a work group that needs to attend a seminar. The bus allows everyone to travel together safely and, with its down driver, allows everyone to sit back and enjoy the ride or collaborate on notes and such. Note a few things you need to remember when considering a bus hire for your group. 1. Ask about baby seats and child safety restraints  If there will be any children traveling with you, be sure you ask about baby seats and child seatbelts or restraints. Not all car seats will fit properly in a bus seat, and a bus might not have the right restraints or seatbelts for car seats or children. You may need to have special accommodations or choose a certain bus from a bus hire company if you need to bring children along with you. 2. Note if a bus hire company actually rents buses, or is a broker Some bus hire companies are brokers, meaning they work with several other companies to bring together customers and bus companies. They may then charge a fee on top of what is paid to the bus company themselves. This can work for you as it means that the broker is doing the legwork of finding the bus size you need, the dates and times, and all these other details. They may also more readily answer questions about when it’s best to reserve a bus so as to secure the best rate, or other ways to save on the rental cost. On the other hand, you may prefer to work directly with the bus hire company so you can save that broker’s fee or ensure nothing is overlooked in your contract. Don’t hesitate to ask if you’re dealing with a bus hire company or a broker so you can make the right decision for yourself. 3. Ask how they handle drivers if you’re driving more than a half day at a time Most areas will have laws about how many hours a driver can actually drive in a day, and how many hours they need to be off before they can take the wheel again. If you’re booking a bus for a long drive, meaning more than half the day, always ask how they […]

Wine Tasting: Elements to Consider When Choosing Transportation

There are numerous wine tasting spots in the country to consider touring casually with friends or for an event. Basically, you can engage a wine tour company that will provide transportation means and a driver for your group around the local area. This is more favourable than driving without professional assistance because you will not need a designated driver from your group. When planning this type of tour, there are some important factors that you must consider for a successful trip. The most critical is the vehicle that will take you around the local wineries. Here are the primary elements that you should consider when selecting the ideal wine tour transportation. Vehicle Sizing The vehicle sizing is an important factor to consider early before making a reservation. Generally, wine tour transporters have a wide range of vehicles to choose from, so your choice will depend on the unique aspects of your trip. If you are travelling in a very small group, you can choose a SUV or town cars. For a slightly larger group, consider choosing a limousine since there are diverse sizes to accommodate different numbers of people. If you have a limited budget, a shuttle is an ideal alternative. Some companies will provide buses, but it is ill-advised to travel with such a large group. The logistics involved in organising people at every winery can be overwhelming and some spots might not allow too many people at once. Vehicle Usage Aspects You should inquire about the different aspects of vehicle usage when planning your trip. It is important to know whether the company will allow you to have the exclusive rights to the selected vehicle after rental. Basically, exclusive right means that the entire vehicle space belongs to your party even if there are unoccupied seats. This is critical if you would prefer complete privacy during the wine tour. On the other hand, you can reduce your costs by sharing the vehicle with another group. However, this is only preferable if your group is comfortable with strangers. You should also inquire about the time allowed per day for the tour so that you will plan your trip appropriately. Additional Services Finally, you should consider any additional services that are provided by the transportation company along with the vehicles. It is advisable to choose a business that provides complimentary water for the passengers. Some businesses will also provide picnic […]