The History of Long Haul Trucking

Long-haul trucking has evolved considerably over the years. At Energy Trucking, we look to provide reliable, professional services – and our dispatchers are here to provide service 24/7. We are continuously adding to our services and improving the experience for our clients.

Explore the history of long-haul trucking and how it has improved for the better throughout the ages.

Moving Freight Prior to Trucks

Freight has always needed to be moved from one location to another. In the United States, freight was commonly moved by train or horse-drawn vehicles prior to automobiles being invented.

Once automobiles were invented, they proved to be a more reliable form of transportation – and transportation companies evolved. It allowed for faster freight moves – and it has had a considerable effect on the political and economic aspects of the U.S.

World War I Placed Trucks on the Roads

It was during WWI that trucks started to get used extensively. The military used vehicles to move individuals as well as weapons. This was made easier because more paved roads were constructed around the U.S.

By 1914, nearly 100,000 trucks were on eh roads. However, most were only capable of going at a speed of about 15 miles per hour.

Trucking companies began to rise throughout the 1930s. Once the Interstate Highway System was constructed in the 1950s and 1960sm trucking gained even more attention.

The American Trucking Associations

President Roosevelt established a “New Deal” in 1933 that involved every industry creating a “code of fair competition.” This is when the American Highway Freight Association and the Federation Trucking Associations met to begin discussing a code. Later, they merged to form the American Trucking Associations (ATA).

The ATA helped to bring trucking companies to the success that they achieve today. They helped with the construction of the Interstate Highway System. And as more technology was established, trucks could travel at faster speeds and carry more cargo and do so in more efficient ways.

Trucking by Today’s Standards

Trucking experienced national attention throughout the 1960s and 70s when there were even songs and movies focused on truck driving. Widespread strikes happened in 1973 and 1979 when truck drivers were impacted by the energy crises that led to a rising cost of fuel. In 1980, the Motor Carrier Act also helped to deregulate the industry.

Today, trucking dominates the freight industry. New technologies also make it possible to transfer cargo to and from other freight including trains and ships.

The trucking industry is also what helps “big box” stores like Wal-Mart and Target achieve success. The trucks are able to transport significant amounts of inventory from the various distributors and to stores all over the country.

Most consumers recognize the importance of the trucking industry. Without truckers, the supply chain comes to a standstill.

Trucks continue to evolve to provide better cargo management while also reducing the amount of carbon emissions. The dispatching side also benefits from real-time monitoring so that it’s possible to tell people where their cargo is and when they can expect delivery.

When you are ready to see how the trucking industry has evolved to benefit you, call us at Energy Trucking.