New Truck Designs Impacting The Industry
Every industry experiences changes, and the field of truck driving is no exception. Given that nearly every commercial location depends on truck drivers to deliver the products they need for their business, it should come as no surprise that trucking companies are looking for ways to lower costs and maximize quality. In contrast to the types of equipment upgrades that other commercial sites are known for, most of the changes in this field have to do with the types of trucks used for deliveries. New designs and strategies are developing constantly. And while some are more promising than others, being knowledgeable about the developments in the industry can help drivers and companies stay on the cusp of innovation.
In a world addicted to fossil-fuels, there are always talks of alternative fuel sources becoming more common. While it doesn’t look like gasoline or diesel will lose their spot as top fuel sources for highway vehicles anytime soon, more hybrid vehicles are being developed. These vehicles are designed to work utilizing fuel and electricity. Designed to be charged before a trip and then recharged after the trip has been completed, these vehicles have proven to be effective at minimizing costs. And while some companies may be slow to adapt to the implementation of these vehicles as standard models, other common changes are easier to adapt to.
Drivers are always looking for ways to maximize efficiency while lowering costs, and receivers feel the same way. In fact, dedicating staff members and company time to receiving shipments can sometimes prove to be a very costly event for a business. Because of this, many companies are choosing to have larger shipments delivered but on a less frequent basis. This has led to smaller trucks being phased out in favor of larger models that can hold heavier loads. But cost-cutting measures don’t stop here – even the larger models trucks have been redesigned in order to provide better long-term fuel efficiency.
While there is no way to break the trucking industry’s dependence on fossil fuels completely (at least for the time being) it is possible to shave off a gallon here or there. By implementing wider tires, automatic transmissions, and new tail designs, trucking companies have been able to help their vehicles get better fuel mileage. These types of changes may be small, but sometimes the subtlest alterations can have the biggest impact.