In the first installment of A Day in the Life, we looked at how truckers manage their largely solitary lives on the road. In Part 2, we flip the script and look into one of the most crucial aspects of trucking: communication.
What’s a trucker without a trusty Citizens Band radio?
The heyday of the CB radio, the first dependable in-transit communication network for truckers, is long gone. But the freewheeling radio system is still associated with trucking, and for good reason: if it hadn’t been for truckers in the 1970s who first adopted the CB, the craze might never have taken hold. While the industry has since evolved to accommodate advances in technology (more on that later), it’s worth taking a look back at the fascinating legacy of the CB radio, one of the most democratic and open forms of communication the world has ever seen.