As the trucking industry tries to continue to improve productivity and keep drivers happy, mobile technology remains important. A steady increase of the number of apps available for drivers is an ongoing theme to advance efficiency. Many of these apps are available on the driver’s handheld devices including GPS, load assignments, delivery status and travel centers just to name a few. To keep pace with the pandemic, travel centers are focusing on mobile apps and grab and go food to minimalize face to face interaction. "The Pilot Flying J app is a helpful tool for guests and professional drivers to use any time, but especially now to limit contact at stores and help stay safe and healthy," Jason Nordin, Pilot's chief operator, wrote in an email to American Trucker. "With the Pilot Flying J app, drivers can handle business and get the services they need from the safety and convenience of their phone.
Improving highway safety has been a priority for the trucking industry for the past decade, with changes to Hours of Service (HOS) and the switch to electronic logging devices (ELDs), and the Texas Department of Public Safety is adding to these safety measures by opening a new technologically advanced truck inspection facility in Seguin, TX. Seguin is located right along the heavily trafficked I-10 corridor, making it the perfect spot to see if these facility upgrades improve both safety and efficiency. If these investments prove to be successful, this could be a new blueprint for how truck inspection facilities are designed in the future.
Have you ever wondered who is responsible for the size and weight limit of the thousands of trucks traveling the highways and interstates throughout the United States? The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Freight Management and Operations is responsible for establishing and enforcing heavy truck size and weight standards on the interstate. Vehicle class and weight standards are illustrated in the chart below.