FAQ from DAT TruckersEdge Load Board

Question 1.   

What is a load board? Why do truck drivers and trucking companies need a load board?     

A load board is a web-based search engine where drivers post trucks and find freight. Like an internet dating service, carriers meet shippers and brokers online. Some carriers use a load board to book every trip and others use it for back hauls. They keep trucks full, allowing drivers to avoid empty miles. Because load boards present the opportunity for business partnerships, it’s important to find a load board that checks the credentials of participating companies before they are posted and has years of proven experience. 

Load boards are used by transportation professionals, from owner-operators to the largest shippers and brokers, as a reliable source for loads and trucks. DAT provide other business-critical tools such as lane rates, compliance, and mileage and routing information.

Question 2.  

What does DAT stand for? How did DAT start?

The DAT Network began in 1978 as Dial-A-Truck (DAT) at the Jubitz truck stop in Portland, OR. It's the original 'load board' that started on bulletin boards, then physical load board monitor displays advertising available loads to for-hire drivers waiting at truck stops. Over the years, DAT has grown to become the primary place where transportation professionals meet. It's a vibrant marketplace for 179 million loads and truck per year and has become the industry standard for load boards. The DAT network serves as the backbone for all of DAT's load board products, including TruckersEdge

Question 3.  

Why should trucking companies choose the DAT TruckersEdge Load Board?  

TruckersEdge is the original truck load board for owner-operators and small carriers, DAT TruckersEdge provides access to the complete DAT load network at an excellent value and affordable price, starting at just 34.95. As a part of DAT's extensive load board network, DAT TruckersEdge provides carriers access to the trusted DAT® Network, North America’s largest marketplace for freight loads and trucks. With TruckersEdge you'll have your choice of over 900,000 loads daily, many that you won't find anywhere else. 

Question 3.    

What are some of the tools and product features found on the DAT TruckersEdge Load Board?   

TruckersEdge®, powered by DAT® is built specifically for owner-operators who want to find freight. It’s easy-to-use and very affordable. There are several packages that can provide tools including: 

  • Unlimited load searching and truck posting
  • Instant alarm match notification for your searches
  • Mileage and routing
  • Inbound and outboard load to truck ratios
  • Broker credit scores and days-to-pay
  • Access to the DAT Directory for detailed profile information on brokers, shippers and carriers
  • Market rates, including the 15 day Lane Rate  - showing the average lane rates paid by brokers based on the past 15 days

Question 4. 

Can anyone post anything on DAT Load Boards?

DAT takes security very seriously. Only verified and reliable transportation professionals are permitted to use DAT Load Boards. Before we provide service to a customer we make sure they have a valid Motor Carrier (MC) number, Federal Identification number or agent agreement.

We also provide you with the tools you need to qualify each company you find before you work with them. Get up-to-date broker credit scores, average days to pay, and bond information at the touch of a button. 


Question 5.

Do I need an MC number to sign up for the DAT load board?

You don't have to have it handy when you first sign up, but you'll need to add it later. You will need to have your DOT number, though. If you're looking to get your operating authority, we can help with that.


Question 6.

Do you offer any free tools, training or guides if people want more information?

Yes! DAT Load Boards don't just give you the largest marketplace, they also give you the fastest and best service and resources to help you in your business. 

DAT has an award winning customer service group, available for training and help 7 days a week to assist you.

DAT also provides free tools and resources in the DAT newsletter and website for carriers getting started in the business. You can sign up for the DAT newsletter and DAT Trendlines to get these updates in your inbox for free! 


Is there anything that might be considered new in your industry? Latest trends?

Freight rates and regulations are constantly changing. DAT is the go-to source for rate updates and trends. Make sure to check out the DAT Blog and sign up for the DAT Newsletter to get industry updates and DAT Trendlines to get weekly updates on what’s changing in rates around the country.

Learn more about Truckers Edge here: http://utatruckers.com/service.php?id=29


Posted Date : December 07 2018