Frequently Asked Questions

Ship in the Know

With all the moving parts in freight logistics, you’re not the only one who has ever had questions. We get it and we’re here to help. Answers here will get you moving in the right direction.

What is a Hot-Shot?

Hot-Shot is service for critical time or delicate shipments. Leadfoot Express dedicates a vehicle and driver(s) non-stop to your door. No transfer of product, no risk of damage. It is a premium service that demands professional drivers, vehicles with logos, GPS tracking, and direct contact with the drivers. That’s what you get with Leadfoot Express. No need to call a national company; we keep you status updated at all times via the web and by phone.

Can anyone do a Hot-Shot?

Yes and no. Anyone can get in a vehicle and drive to the end destination under 10,000 lbs Gross Weight Vehicle Rating (GVWR). However, when the GVWR is above 10,001 lbs, they are required to be Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant, complete with log books, a DOT number, annual inspection, and only 11 hours of drive time per day (unless an approved DOT sleeping compartment is on board).

If a company is not compliant, you can expect major delays to your shipment due to the truck and/or driver being placed Out Of Service (OOS). We operate within DOT compliance and drive without fear of being placed OOS.

Another carrier claims delivery to the coast in under 24 hours via pickup and trailer. Should I be worried?

Absolutely. The only LEGAL way is to have an approved DOT sleeper, which requires major modifications to a standard crew-cab pickup, unless the pickup and trailer are under 10,000 lbs together.

For example: A 1-Ton Ram 3500 has a GVWR of 11,000 lbs with a gooseneck tandem axle trailer with 7,000 lb axes. The Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) is 25,000 lbs, which requires a 10-hour reset after 11 hours of driving or 14 hours of on-duty time.

A second driver is not compliant as their off-duty time was not spent in a DOT approved sleeper.