It’s a unique industry that employs people from all walks of life. It’s something the U.S. economy needs to survive. It’s an occupation that offers one the chance to see many great things. Truck driving has become an American phenomenon, with media of all types being dedicated to the faithful commercial operator.
But beyond the reputations and fanfare associated with the field, there is a plethora of technical development and networking activity taking place. Trucking, which was once considered as one of the more old-school industries in the entire economy, has been growing with the times.
Both employees and fans of the industry want to stay in-the-know about the latest advances in commercial freight transportation. This has led to the creation of many events to help put all the newest and coolest developments in the same place at the same time.
The Great American Trucking Show runs with the tagline “where trucking improves.” This is fitting, as the popular event offers a wealth of knowledge and insight every year. With over 50,000 registered attendees and hundreds of exhibits from around the world, people from 65 countries come together to discuss the freight industry.
Panels and products are in high supply at the event, which features more than 500,000 square feet of space. Vehicles, new products, and guest speakers are found all around the event, with some of the most important issues in the industry being addressed.
One example is the growing concern about upcoming changes to hour logging. A switch from paper logbooks to electric devices has many carriers concerned. Popular freight-equipment maker Rand McNally has introduced numerous solutions.
In addition to new hands-free systems that provide navigational assistance and voice control, they offer an ELD-compliant dash system. They even provide a way for one of their older and more popular models to be upgraded in accordance with the upcoming regulations.
While cutting-edge equipment is a big part of The Great American Trucking Show, the event also features activists who work to address some of the most important issues in the industry. The organization “Rigs Without Cigs” will be helping interested drivers sign up for a program where they can get resources and help in kicking their smoking habit.
This year’s show will also feature a marathon, which helps to promote trucker health while donating funds to support providing additional resources for driver wellness.
Truckers often face high levels of stress and sedentary conditions at their job, and activists concerned with trucker health have noted that truckers have a tougher struggle than other lines of work. This has led many to focus on helping drivers stay healthy in their unique occupation. The Great American Trucking Show is home to health-related events every year.
Additional events include a trucker talent search, business seminars dealing with the freight industry, and even information about new trucking techs like Uber Freight. The Great American Trucking Show has grown over the years, with many carriers and organizations in the freight industry saving big announcements and release specifically for the event.