Technology has been changing the world as we know it for a long time now, and we don’t have to look far to see someone with their eyes glued to their smart phone to see evidence of this. This wave of technology has impacted the trucking industry as well, but are these advances welcome or just additional headaches?
One of the biggest concerns in trucking is the autonomous or driverless truck. It is understandably hard for truckers to get behind this advancing technology as it would have a huge impact on the job market. While this technology is being developed, we are a long way from actually seeing wide-spread usage on the road, and the roll out will take time. We will see a number of advances in safety and fuel efficiency long before autonomous trucks are integrated.
One of the most dangerous parts of trucking are the health issues associated with sitting for long periods of time; obesity, heart conditions, diabetes and strokes are not uncommon for truckers. The reality is the majority of time spent trucking doesn’t involve physical activity. Fortunately, you can make the decision to increase your level of activity and begin reducing the likelihood of life changing health issues.
Prevention is the best medicine
One of the difficult parts about the maladies relating to the lack of physical exercise is that they tend to sneak up on you. Our bodies gain weight slowly and we don’t always realize just how much we have gained or how much lack of activity is affecting our health. Without question, it’s better to avoid the problems in the first place than to have to deal with them later, and it only takes a few small steps to get on the right track.
Discussions about Donald Trump and his policies have been dominating our televisions, radios, and newspapers for what seems to be years. Sometimes the noise gets loud, but the reality is the Trump administration’s policies will have real impact on the trucking industry.
What has Happened Already
President Trump has already ordered a freeze on federal regulations. This isn’t uncommon for new presidents, but President Trump has made it clear that he is against the creation of new and potentially burdensome regulations. The new administration is using the freeze as an opportunity to allow department heads, appointed by Trump, to review all of these pending regulations and make sure they have merit. What does this mean for the trucking industry? Don’t expect any new changes any time soon, as this review process could take a while and may result in some regulations being scrapped.
Trucking with a pet is how many truckers have solved the problem of loneliness. This can be a great solution, but only with careful planning. Before throwing Fluffy into your truck, consider the following:
Follow the Rules
The very first thing to check are the policies of your trucking company. If they do allow pets, there may be an additional deposit or an extra cost to cover any additional cleaning due to the pet. If you get the okay, or if you’re an owner-operator, you should also consider state laws. Many states regulate pets traveling through, just to ensure that they are not bringing any diseases into the state. If you get pulled over, authorities will likely ask for a health certificate, proof of vaccinations, or something similar from your veterinarian. Do a little research during your trip planning and make sure to plan appropriately based on the states you will be traveling through. At the minimum, make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and gets a yearly checkup, and then carry a copy of the paperwork from your Vet.