What is a Bobtail Truck?
Logistics is a very progressive industry that links consumers and producers through a supply chain network that employs various modes of transportation, most notably trucks. A semi-truck without an attached trailer at a given time is known as a "Bobtail truck" or said to be "Bobtailing.” It’s difficult to imagine trucking without Bobtailing.
A Bobtail truck does not contain any freight, so it cannot generate revenue for its owner. This is one of the reasons that "Bobtailing" is often confused with "deadheading.” Both terms refer to cargo-free trucks at a specific time, but a small difference exists. Bobtailing is driving a freight carrying truck without an attached trailer, whereas in "deadheading,” trucks have an attached but empty trailer.
In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about Bobtailing. What are the different types of Bobtailing? What does the term mean? And why do truck drivers dislike Bobtailing?