There has been a lot of change in trucking, since the early years. This industry of ours, is in a constant state of change.
I often think of some of the changes which have evolved, since I entered into the industry, back in the ’70’s.
Some Notable Changes in the Trucking Industry
We’ve gone from the ICC to the FMCSA, from long hood trucks to swoopy space age looking trucks, the ’76 Truck Stop which was iconic in the industry is now gone forever, paper logs to electronic logs, we have CPAT machines, Google Maps, GPS…. the industry is in a constant flux of change.
One of the biggest changes I saw in the industry, which directly affected me, was the introduction of the emission regulations, CARB, in California.
It meant that owner operators, myself included, had to give up our California lanes. Or in the alternative, adjust to the new emission rules, by purchasing a new emission friendly truck, to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thousands of independents and owner operators, opted out of bowing to these new trucks and gave up their California runs.
So be it, I thought. After all, California isn’t the only place with freight.
One must adjust and roll with the punches.
Don’t Fear Change
One of the most innovative changes being rolled out? Autonomous trucks.
Many truck drivers today are quite worried about the introduction of these ‘self-driving trucks’ into the industry. Drivers fear loosing their jobs, and being replaced by computer driven trucks. This is not something that we as truckers, will need to concern ourselves with, for at least another generation.
There are numerous problems yet to be ironed out with these ‘self-driving trucks’. There are lots of mechanical issues and liability issues which will take many, many years to resolve.
There are also some exciting changes coming about. The Nikola Electric truck is being introduced. What an innovative machine! Cool looking too! I’m very anxious to drive one, when they’re ready…. certainly something to look forward to.
Taking Advantage of Change in Trucking
There’s a shortage of professional drivers. The trucking companies need drivers and they need them badly, in large numbers. There’s still an enormous amount of freight to be moved.
If as a driver, you are unhappy with your present trucking job, don’t be afraid to go looking for a better job. There are plenty of good, solid driving jobs out there. As a driver, you must be prepared to buckle down, and seek out these good jobs.
Now is a good time to get out there and seek out a fair truck company, where you can earn a decent living and you feel contented and fulfilled as a professional driver.
To survive change in trucking, we must be prepared to change. We must adapt to the changes, to be sure we remain profitable.
Now is the perfect time to take advantage of the present state in the industry.
Trucking is an industry, where one MUST make changes, in order to remain profitable.