Finding loads for your trucks is a priority. DAT Power was designed with this in mind and is a powerful tool to hone in on just what you are looking for. With a wide array of equipment types and search features, DAT Power will be the only freight matching tool you’ll need.
On the Search Loads tab, you will see the searches you have run, the matches that have resulted from the searches, and the ability to easily refine each search. You can resize the panes by clicking and dragging the separator bar up and down.
You can be very specific in your searches to hone in on just the right load, or be less specific and see a broader array of matches to choose from.
- Click the Search Loads tab
- Click New Load Search
This will present you with a form where you can specify what type of load would suit your needs. Here you can decide just how specific you want to be
- Any/Only: Toggling between these options allows you to search for “Any” kind of a particular equipment within a class or classes (e.g., “Any kind of Van”) or “Only” specific equipment type(s) (e.g., “Only a Van Conestoga”). The any option will return a broader array of results, whereas the only option will give you more specific results
- Truck: The type of equipment you have available. You may choose more than one
- Origin: The city, state, states, or zones that you are looking out of
- Destination: The city, state, states, or zones that you are looking to go to
Note: When entering multiple states or zones, do so without spaces in between. DAT Power will recognize the states and zones automatically. For example, if you were looking for loads in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, you would enter ORWAID.
- Available Date: Date that your truck is available. Hold “Shift” and click to select a range
- Miles DHO/DHD: The first field is the distance from your origin city (Dead Head - Origin) while the second field is for the distance from your destination (Dead Head - Destination). These are only used when a city is specified for an origin and destination. They serve to define an area around the specified city that the results must fall within. If the origin or destination is a state, states, or zones, the relevant Miles field will be disabled
Note: Exact matches are within driving distance of your specified DH-O/DH-D and not a radius, which means that a search of 50 miles will not return exact matches that are more than 50 miles away.
- Full, Partial, or Both: This indicates whether your truck has full space or just partial space available on the truck. If your truck can fit either then you would select Both
- Length: The length of trailer, in feet (ft.)
- Weight: The weight capacity of your truck, in pounds. Entering a “K” after a number will multiply that number by 1000 (4k = 4000lbs)
- Search Back: Sets how far back into the load board history your search will look. A setting of 2 hours will show loads in your lane that were posted or refreshed within the past 2 hours
- Click the Search button
Tip: Start your search off by being specific to your needs. DAT Power provides easy ways to refine your search, if needed, and even automates expanding your search to find more results that may serve you. Being specific on your search will ensure that you find the best freight in the fastest time.
If you have the need to reverse the search origin and destination at any point after doing a search, click to expand the search and you can by clicking the double-arrows. This is useful when looking for a backhaul from the original trip.
Remember: Searching is a great feature and very useful, but it is no substitute for posting your truck. Posting is advertising and shows your availability and establishment in the industry. It makes you visible to thousands of brokers and shippers in the industry and will only increase your ability to move freight quickly, so don’t forget to post those trucks!