The deep south is hot — for rates

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A heat map of average outbound rates — based on averages of all major truckload segments — for the week ended Sept. 13. The redder the state, the hotter the rate. Data from Truckstop.com.A heat map of average outbound rates — based on averages of all major truckload segments — for the week ended Sept. 13. The redder the state, the hotter the rate. Data from Truckstop.com.

Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Arkansas registered the hottest last week for outbound truckload rates, averaging $2.39, $2.46, $2.45 and $2.49, respectively.

The heat map above is based on averages of outbound truckload rates (including van, reefer, flatbed and specialized loads) from loadboard Truckstop.com for the week ending Sept. 13.

The aforementioned southern states, along with Indiana, Michigan and other states in the map above colored in a dark orange or red saw averages of verified paid rates at or above the week’s $2.21 nationwide average.

The coldest regions for outbound rates — the darker green states in the map above — were the Rocky Mountain states and the New England states, where rates were between $1.75 and $1.85 a mile.

Light green signifies states with rates around the $2 mark, and light and dark yellow are those at about $2.10-$2.15 a mile.

Note: Overdrive has partnered with Truckstop.com to provide weekly updates on rates. See a new installment each week on OverdriveOnline.com.

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