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The Trucking Industry-Then and Now

The trucking industry has certainly come a long way from what it used to be. In 1910, a variety of technologies played a part in the introduction of the trucking industry. However, during this time, truckers were told to get from one location to the next one.

Driving Conditions in 1910

There were not any limits or restrictions placed on truck drivers. As a result, this could mean that truckers could be driving for multiple days in terrible weather and driving conditions. Many companies did not think about how long their drivers were on the road because they were only concerned with the delivery was being made.

Record Keeping in the 1930s

Around the 1930s, companies started making changes after the realization that there were many unsafe operations. During this time, drivers began to keep records of every hour they were driving. Keeping track of these hours with pencils and rulers meant that drivers were spending precious time that could have been spent on driving.

Technology in the 1970s

A new era of technology began when truck drivers were introduced to CB radios. These radios gave truckers the opportunity to communicate with others who were also on the road. The radios were also used to alert other truckers on road conditions, accidents, construction, etc. CB radios were not the only welcomed addition to trucks. Truckers were finally able to keep track of their daily hours more conveniently with the use of a tachograph

Improving Performance in the 1980s

The 1980s experienced a huge increase in the trucking industry in large part due to deregulation. The companies that were left standing were the ones that were able to make timely deliveries and have competitive prices. For the trucking industry, the 1980s was a time that made great efforts to ensuring quality and performance were improved, in addition to ensuring there were appropriate driving conditions. 

Now and the Future(2000-)

One of the main goals in the trucking industry during the 2000s is ensuring that customers have high-quality service so they will remain satisfied. Cellular devices and other electronics that are used in trucks are no longer as expensive as they once were. The advancements in technology have allowed the trucking industry to make giant steps.

Drivers no longer have to worry about being stuck in a location and having to walk to the nearest payphone and drivers no longer have to worry about not being able to communicate with others. With the new addition of trucking jobs yearly, drivers can expect to see more improvements and advancements in this industry.