How Important Will Retraining Become in Trucking?
Truckers who are trained properly deliver America’s goods safely and efficiently. Proper schooling and licensing helps drivers maintain their rig better on the roads. But as trucking changes, will training as we know it change too?
As drivers adopt new technology and see their field changed by innovations, preparation is everything. Setting up for a changing industry ahead of time allows carriers to go in the right direction, and helps them manage the costs (and reap the benefits) of changes.
With vehicles potentially having self-driving capabilities in the future, drivers may have a modified or reduced role in the actual driving process. To work with and handle these systems properly, drivers may need specialized training. The same can be said if electric trucks enter the industry. Even small changes to a truck’s components are something drivers and carriers must be aware of. The maintenance checks required for commercial vehicles means those who use vehicles always have a vested interest in knowing all the facts about the equipment they’re using.
As the industry continues to evolve, truckers may need new training courses to update them about what’s new. This would only apply to those carriers and drivers who are actively working with the new vehicles. The same would be said for administrators and mechanics who would also need to have a full understanding of the new equipment.
Some retraining courses may function like refresher classes at CDL truck driving schools. They may have a reduced timeframe and only cover the pertinent changes which will affect drivers.