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The Potential Impact of Self-Driving Trucks on the Trucking Industry

Friday, August 10th, 2018

The introduction of self-driving trucks is both exciting and concerning for those in the truck driving industry.

The future is now, and in some ways, it is hard to tell if that is necessarily a good thing or bad thing. Technological innovations bring along with them a flurry of benefits and advantages that previously could only be dreamt of. However, with every brand new technological advancement there are always the possibility that they also bring along unforeseen consequences. These possibilities are especially true when it comes to the idea of self-driving trucks. The true impact of self-driving trucks is unknown, but can be predicted in how it will affect the trucking industry as a whole.

Faster and more efficient deliveries?

One of the first potential side effects that come to mind with the emergence of self-driving trucks is how exactly they will affect the deliveries they are making. Ideally, if the truck is self-driving, then that should result in faster and more efficient. Although some self-driving trucks still require a driver to handle the system, the vehicle is doing all the work, they still eliminate the possibility of driver error and allows for the possibility of the deliveries to go more smoothly than ever before since the truck driver is not doing the actual driving.

Impact on truck drivers

Obviously if the trucking industry starts utilizing self-driving trucks, there will be a clear and present impact on truck drivers. There is already a shortage of truck drivers in the industry and a self-driving truck would eliminate the need for trucks to be manned by a driver.  This means there will no longer be a struggle to find drivers anymore since the self-driving truck will not always require one. However, if self-driving trucks become universal, then that could result in all truckers losing their jobs and becoming unemployed. Thus, turning a once beneficial job into one that does not even exist anymore.

Safety considerations

When it comes to truck driving, there are a variety of safety concerns that come with it. Mirrors need to be properly managed, drivers need to remain calm, and also know how to carefully navigate the road. Self-driving trucks possess the potential to increase safety while on the road as they can help prevent accidents, while also reducing driver stress which is always a large safety concern.

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4 Fuel-Saving Tips for Truck Drivers

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Fuel prices fluctuate often and can become a very costly expense over time, especially for truck drivers who spend most of their time on the road!

A truck driver spends most of their time on the road traveling from one destination to another. This means that their fuel usage is well above the average driver. Gas prices fluctuate and can become a very high expense for truck drivers. Here are four fuel-saving tips to help truck drivers save some time and money.  (more…)

Tips for Remaining Calm While Driving

Friday, July 27th, 2018

Truck driving can get very stressful when you are on the road for hours at a time!

Driving can be a stressful process, especially when you are stuck in a lot of traffic. This is true for all drivers, but truck drivers are on the road for hours at at time with no breaks and are also driving huge vehicles. This can really start to take a toll on a person’s mood as well as their patience. Here are a few tips for remaining calm while driving.  (more…)

How to Choose The Right Freight Broker

Friday, July 20th, 2018

A freight broker is responsible for matching shippers with truck drivers to transport their freight.

A large amount of truck transport in the United States is handled through freight brokers. They are essentially the middle man between shippers and truck drivers. While some shippers will sign contracts with trucking companies, others will use a freight broker to find truck drivers to transport their goods. Here is how to choose the right freight broker.  (more…)

How to Stay Awake on a Long Road Trip

Friday, July 13th, 2018

Driving long hours on the road can be very tiring, so here are some tips to help you stay awake on that next road trip!

Truck driving is a very rewarding career choice, but it does require long hours on the road. Being on the road for hours at a time can cause people to become bored and tired, which is dangerous because people need to be fully alert when driving. Here are some tips for staying awake on a long road trip.  (more…)

How To Obtain Your Commercial Driver’s License

Friday, July 6th, 2018

You want to look into all of your options when deciding how to obtain a commercial driver’s license.

For those people who love solitude, traveling, and flexible hours, a truck driving career is a great option. Truck driving is a lot different and more complex than driving a regular passenger vehicle, so a commercial driver’s license is required before you kick off your career. Here are your options for obtaining your commercial driver’s license.  (more…)

Large Commercial Trucks vs. Regular Cars: Are They Really That Different?

Friday, June 29th, 2018

Driving large commercial trucks is a lot more complex than driving a regular passenger vehicle!

To answer the question in the title, the answer is yes. Just looking at a large commercial truck can make some fellow drivers nervous. There is a huge difference between driving large commercial trucks and a regular car, which is why they require different tests and licenses. If you ever wondered just how different it is to drive the two, here is some insight.  (more…)

4 Benefits of Starting a Truck Driving Career

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

If you enjoy traveling, nice pay, and flexible hours, a truck driving career may be right for you!

If you love driving and want a change of pace in your life, a truck driving career may be a great option for you. This job is unlike any other and has very specific perks that you won’t find anywhere else. If you are considering starting a truck driving career, here are four benefits to help make your decision easier. (more…)

Summer Maintenance Checklist

Friday, June 15th, 2018

Make sure your freight truck is in good shape this season with this summer maintenance checklist!

The summer season is right around the corner and you want to make sure your freight truck is in good shape for those upcoming road trips. You want to inspect and maintenance your vehicle before it gets uncomfortably hot outside. Here are some items you don’t want to leave off of your summer maintenance checklist for your freight truck.  (more…)

Tips for Transporting Refrigerated Freight

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Transporting refrigerated freight can be tricky so you want to make sure you do it correctly.

Summer is approaching quickly and that means prime time for refrigerated freight. Truck drivers are transporting fresh produce, meat, and ice cream for those hot days and summer BBQ’s. It is important that you transport refrigerated freight correctly because you want the products to stay fresh and as cold as they need to be. Here are some tips for transporting refrigerated freight.  (more…)

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