The trucks used for freight transport to and from Quebec have undergone significant changes in the past decade. Innovations have changed a lot of aspects of the Canadian economy over this period of time, and the trucking industry is no different. Big changes have made trucks safer on the road, have made the entire industry more efficient and are quickly making trucks more energy efficient, promoting sustainability and environmental friendliness.
The general public has heard little about these incredible innovations in the industry, however, so here is a broad outline explaining what’s new in trucking.
Safety: Safety has always been a prime concern when it comes to the trucks used for freight transport to Quebec and in Canada in general. Concerns have always arisen over how long a trucker has been behind the wheel and how safe the equipment is on the vehicle itself. New technology has helped make driving safer, and has assisted drivers to better know when a technical problem has developed on the vehicle.
Better-informed drivers can more easily understand the dangers inherent in their truck, and smarter trucks can assist a driver in making the journey safely. Just to name a few of these innovations, there are now alert and avoidance systems, which help drivers better know their surroundings and prevent potential accidents. Sensors are used, such as side and forward collision systems, and roll and stability controls that help drivers make better decisions. Vehicle component condition systems also better inform drivers, such as brake stroke monitoring and tire pressure sensors. All told, trucks and drivers are safer than ever before.
GPS Systems: The entire truck industry, and freight transport trucks to Quebec are no exception, has benefitted from equipping trucks with global positioning systems. Routes are better tracked, drivers rarely get lost, and dispatchers always know where trucks are located. Truck companies are also better able to regulate their drivers and prevent delays through avoiding traffic or construction zones. The benefits of all these are numerous: more profits, less gas used, and quicker delivery times are just a few of them. It’s almost impossible to find a truck that isn’t equipped with one for a reason—just about everyone benefits from them.
Environment: Just about everyone is concerned with making all vehicles more environmentally friendly and sustainable. The truck industry hasn’t ignored these trends. Most trucks built in the past decade far surpass their predecessors in terms of efficiency and eco-friendliness. This stems from all sorts of upgrades in engine and truck technology.
Computers now regulate fuel consumption far better than in the past. Other new engine technologies have enabled trucks to use less fuel and exhaust far fewer emissions. Truck construction is also done now with many lighter weight materials—again this lowers fuel consumption. Even truck accessories haven’t been ignored, a new trend hitting the market with trucks is solar accessories that use the sun to power electrical components reducing drag on the engine and increasing fuel mileage.
Most people assume the truck industry hasn’t changed at all over the years. They couldn’t be more wrong. Highway systems are now filled with trucks that are safer on the road, the truck industry has utilized technology to make operations more efficient and trucks are more environmentally friendly than ever before. If only all industries could be as dynamic as trucking, we would all be better off!