What Is Deadheading?
A deadhead truck has a trailer attached but carries no freight. Deadheading means driving a cargo carrying truck (semi-truck) pulling an empty trailer. Deadheading often happens when a trucker returns or backhauls the empty cargo container to the point of origin. Be careful not to confuse “deadheading” with “bobtailing,” which happens when driving a cargo carrying truck without a trailer attached.
Deadheading in trucking is sometimes confused with bobtailing
Forms also used:
- Deadhead Load
Examples of use:
– Carol just dropped her cargo in Phoenix and will be deadheading it back to Miami.
– Terrance will have to quickly dump his load and deadhead it back to Richmond.
Deadheading Trucker Slang Phrases:
- “Hauling sailboat fuel”
- “Carrying a dream load”
Other Meanings of “Deadhead”:
Deadhead: Huge fans of the band, The Grateful Dead
Deadhead:A person traveling without a ticket on a plane,
like this scene from “Catch Me If You Can”
Deadhead: In gardening, the cutting back and removal of dead flowers or blooms to allow for new growth.
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