Like all the other industries, the trucking industry has seen many important changes over the years. The business of transporting goods from one place to another has become more advanced, controlled and regulated. Let’s have a look at how much has trucking changed over the time.
One of the main changes that changed logistics system was more electronic engines.Twenty years ago you could get the spanner out and fix a truck but now you need a computer. Today the product is a lot more sophisticated. Efficiency and driver safety have both improved significantly.
Trucking companies and drivers can remain in constant communication through text messages, e-mails and better cell phone reception. Also, radios on trucks are more sophisticated today.
Twenty years ago, the line haul trucks were all manual but now most of them are automatic which allows the driver to focus more on the road. There are ASR, EBS, ESC, adaptive cruise control and airbag suspensions along with auto transmissions.
The technology in trucks has come a long way. Tyres, wheels and rims are made of lighter compounds now for allowing better payloads to more horsepower. Twenty years ago, 450hp was seen as huge, today 750hp is huge. In today’s busy world, everybody wants everything quicker and the changes have helped make it easier.
Seating has been improved immensely with new air ride technology, heating and lumbar supports, things that weren’t around twenty-five years ago. Now every truck has air-conditioning which sounded like a dream twenty years ago. To add to that, all trucks have air con and larger more comfortable sleepers now.
Trucking laws have been made to ensure the safety and comfort of drivers. Truckers are now required by law to take breaks and stay within specific hours of service. A driver must rest for the mandated set of hours before continuing on the road again. This regulation has contributed to improving the safety of trucks and truckers alike.