Technology and Today’s Trucking Jobs
Trucking jobs have changed since Del Reeves sang “Highway 40,” Dave Dudley’s “Six Days on the Road,” or even from the days of C.W. McCall’s classic hit “Convoy.” Technology has transformed trucking, just as it has transformed every other industry, and the changes keep coming.
The lonely days of the long-haul driver when calling home meant finding a pay phone at a truck stop began to change with CB radios in the 1970s. Today, truck drivers enjoy satellite radio and mobile phones and instant connections to the Internet. You can communicate with just about anybody anywhere by phone, email or text, as long as you don’t type while driving.
GPS technology takes the drudgery out of planning a route, significantly reducing the time for this task. Plug in your destination and away you go. If you have multiple stops, the software can determine the most efficient route. Traffic updates can help you bypass slowdowns or at least alert you in advance so you can alert customers or headquarters.
The days of filling in paper log sheets to record every fifteen-minute interval was almost as important as driving have gone the way of the rotary dial telephone. Most fleets offering trucking jobs today have electronic onboard recorders to track driver activity. EOBRs have tons of advantages for drivers; EOBRs mean more miles and more miles on the road means more dollars in the pocket. EOBRs also provide quick roadside inspections, paperless operations, which means less headaches, and a guaranteed error free log, which means gold stars for the driver!
Increased knowledge about driving habits can help fleets decide who might need additional training and what that training ought to cover. More efficient driving saves fuel, and cutting fuel costs increases everybody’s profits.
Trucks and trailers are smarter, too. Smarter equipment makes trucking jobs easier for drivers, mechanics and dispatchers. Collision avoidance technology helps defend drivers against those cars who like to hide in blind spots. Onboard engine diagnostics can identify a problem while the rig is in motion. Smart trailers can sense when a door is open or when cargo is shifting, and alert the driver accordingly.
These are not your granddaddy’s trucking jobs. Technology has made trucking less lonely, more efficient, and highly competitive. If you’re looking for a new experience in truck driving, join the team at Transport America and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.