Safety, for truckers, whether you’re owner-operated or, a company driver is of paramount importance.

Undoubtedly, the trucking industry has experienced an abundance of changes. The truckers, who have been around for twenty, even ten years will understand what we mean when we say “drastic” changes. Although, some of the changes have been implemented to ensure the safety of truckers. Many people, dislike change, which is understandable. However, change, particularly through innovative safety systems and technologies are generally necessary.

Arguably, it can be noted that the trucking industry is definitely embarking the technical revolution. The advent of new technologies, including blockchain, has facilitated a much safer environment for truckers. The only thing that hasn’t altered in the trucking industry is the industry basics. In this article, we will be looking at the impact of the modern safety system in the trucking industry.  

Improved Safety

We can safely say (pardon the pun), the trucking industry has truly entered the era of “safe trucks.” First and foremost, for newer trucks they have never been safer, many now are manufactured with the latest safety technology and systems. For instance, one of the larger truck manufacturers, Volvo, has amended the design, and the latest fleet is now equipped with a system that can reduce injuries and accidents, with their kinetic detectors. Not only that, (although it is not a safety system per se), is that the Volvo trucks have been designed to tolerate strong impacts.

The Rise of ELD

We’re almost certain that you have already begun to experience the rise of ELD (Electronic Logging Devices). Regardless, if you’re pro or against the ELD mandate, this system is here, and it’s certainly isn’t going away. In December 2017, it became mandatory for all trucks, (besides the exempt industries), to have an ELD on board. Although there has been an extension, it will be as of December 2019 a regulatory requirement for nearly all truckers.

The primary reason for the implementation of the Electronic Logging Device mandate was to enhance safety. Most truckers have already mitigated to the ELD system, and are surely seeing the benefits. Although, it poses challenges for larger fleets to convert to this system, implementing ELD systems, can provide many benefits. For truckers, it provides enhanced safety, as it ensures compliance with the mandatory driving hours. Another benefit is that it enhances the efficiency of data input. The bottom line is, the ELD era has already begun, and it’s time to comply.

Enhanced Monitoring Systems

Although, the joke of “Big Brother is watching,” seems to be innocent. All industries, especially transportation seem to be constantly monitored. The advent of technologies, computer systems and satellite technology has allowed trucking fleets to have a clearer picture of the whole. Besides, being able to have real-time updates, regarding routes, the monitoring systems, can protect truckers. For instance, if an accident unfortunately occurs, it’s much easier for the appropriate emergency services to know the exact location.

Moreover, time is critical, especially in an accident involving such a heavy vehicle, like a refrigeration truck. Thus, these technologies have enhanced the communication and geographical tracking of truckers. These monitoring systems can ensure that truckers adhere to safe driving standers, which will prevent accidents. Also, as noted, if an accident does occur, it allows for prompt emergency response.

The Bottom Line

We can safely say that the trucking industry has adopted the technological revolution, and it only seems to be growing. Regardless, of your view on technology, it is evident that modern safety technology has provided a much safer working environment for truckers.

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