With so many truckers retiring, the need for trained drivers has never been higher in the United States. But a lot has changed since many of the drivers who are now retiring first graduated from truck driving school and got their start behind the wheel. One of the biggest ways the trucking industry has changed is the adoption of new technology. Unless you’re a millennial who’s grown up with a smartphone in your hand, you might be hesitant to embrace technology. But after you finish truck driving school, technology will make your job a lot easier. Here are a few ways in which technology benefits drivers today.
Keeps Drivers Connected with Family
One of the hardest parts about being a truck driver (at least for OTR or long-distance drivers) is the time spent away from friends and family. Fortunately, technology makes it easy to stay connected with your loved ones. Smartphones, tablets, and laptop computers allow you have face-to-face video calls with the people who matter most.
Help Drivers Get Home Safe and On Time
Technology also plays a crucial role in driver safety. Hands-free Bluetooth sets, for example, allow you to talk on the phone without taking your hands off the wheel or your eyes off the road. And GPS units make sure you get to your destination as quickly as possible, which means you can get home as quickly as possible.
Help Drivers Pass the Time
Drivers who spend days or weeks on the road at a time used to find it difficult to pass the time. Fortunately, technology makes it easy to stay entertained and keep boredom at bay. Whether you prefer to read, watch movies, listen to music, or play video games, you can bring entertainment on the road with you thanks to countless different electronic devices.
HDS Truck Driving Institute of Tucson can help you fill the demand for drivers by giving you a world-class truck driving education. Visit our website to learn more about our classes, or call us toll-free at (877) 205-2141 to speak with one of our admissions advisers. We also invite you to bring your family to our monthly open house events to meet our faculty, see our trucks, learn more about our programs, and enjoy free delicious BBQ and refreshments.