What does drop and hook mean?

Drop and hook is a common term within the trucking industry that refers to a situation when a driver delivers a load at the final delivery location for a customer and all the driver has to do is drop the trailer and simply pick up a new trailer.  The benefit of drop and hook freight is that the driver does not have to spend time waiting to be unloaded.  Drop and hook loads are also desirable because it allows the driver to better plan out their day.  Drop and hook loads also decrease the chances of something going wrong on the load assignment that ends up causing a driver to have more down time. For example, drivers that operate on a drop and hook loads will never experience detention time because there is no need to wait for a customer to unload the trailer.  When researching future trucking companies, one good question to ask is to find how much drop and hook freight the company operates.