New technologies are changing the face of truck driving for the better. Drivers now have in-cab technology that provides added safety, greater efficiency and better communication.
At Classic Carriers, we are proud to have undergone a technology upgrade in our trucks in 2021 to ensure our drivers had the best technology to suit their needs.
“When it comes to technology, we don’t want every piece of technology out there in our trucks. We want the right ones,” Classic Carriers IT Director Kurt Rhoades says. “The right technologies are the ones that make our drivers’ lives easier and safer. We want them to have the technologies that help them drive safely and be able to make deliveries on time.”
Some of the latest technologies in the Classic Carriers trucks include:
Omnitracs is a tablet installed in the truck to provide drivers with everything they need in one device to help them do their job more efficiently and avoid using their personal phones for work-related tasks. Via the tablet, drivers can upload documentation, sign paperwork electronically, get weather alerts and traffic reports specific to truck drivers, find fuel discounts, conduct video calls to the office or loved ones, watch YouTube TV on breaks and more.
With nearly 20 apps already installed on the Omnitracs tablets, one app Classic Carriers is testing is part of an industry pilot program to go paperless. The app allows drivers to electronically sign and file the paperwork when making a delivery vs. physically exchanging paperwork with customers. Going paperless increases safety and provides a more efficient system overall.
The goal of the pilot test is to determine industry-wide standards and develop consistency as carriers do not want every company out there to have its own app, which would get confusing for customers and internal systems.
Another app many drivers appreciate is TMW Go, which ties into the dispatch system and allows drivers to see their earnings throughout the week. Since drivers are paid on a per-mile rate, every check may be different based on their delivery schedule. This allows drivers to have real-time access to their pay to help them better manage their own finances.
The dashboard cameras in the trucks provide four different views and kick on when an unsafe incident is detected. Whether the truck swerves, the breaks are slammed or some other unsafe event occurs, the cameras record the action.
This reduces liability, helps protect drivers from false accusations and can prevent an unnecessary court battle to determine who was at fault in the case of an accident. The system also alerts the driver and company if it detects the driver is distracted or tired, again for the safety of all on the roadways.
At Classic Carriers, safety has always been a top priority. The technologies available today and into the future are just one more way we can do our part in helping keep the roadways as safe as possible for all drivers.
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At Classic Carriers, we have a driver turnover rate of less than 30%. Riders and pets allowed in trucks! We are proud to be a family-owned and operated company that treats our team of dedicated drivers like family.
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