Hot shot trucking services specialize in delivering small loads very quickly. Trucks vary in size but are generally smaller than the standard semi-trailer trucks used in larger deliveries.
Hot shot freight loads are generally for a single customer who just needs one load of freight carried in a single direction. Tools, parts and power equipment are common kinds of freight. Hot shot trucks can be as small as a conventional pickup truck with a fifth-wheel trailer attached.
Hot shot trucking has grown as a niche market in the United States as fracking has become more common. Some trucking companies and individual contractors specialize in hot shot services.