Backhaul is the movement of a vehicle from its initial location back to the place of departure.
It is a journey that a carrier makes with an empty trailer. This can happen when:
- The carriers must deadhead towards a point to begin an on-head haul delivery.
- Carriers return with an empty trailer after the head haul shipment has been delivered.
- This is the direst scenario for carriers as cargo with no cargo is a loss of funds.
Carriers can carry a complete load, part truckload, or a smaller truckload by using the same routes.
An empty backhaul isn’t economically viable, therefore the majority of companies profit from this technique to be competitive in terms of transport costs.
Additionally, deadheads for trucks can pose a risk to truck drivers. Because truck deadheads weigh only just half the weight of fully loaded ones.
Trucks aren’t fixed to their weight loads and can be dangerous in bad weather conditions.