In this series, we’ve focused on how truckers live and the technology they’ve depended on to communicate. Now, we’ll turn to the lifeblood of the trucking industry: the routes truckers depend on to get where they’re going.
For most people, following the right route to their destination is a no-brainer. We live in the age of GPS and Google maps, after all. For truckers, things are a bit more complicated. Not all roads are accessible to rigs hauling heavy loads -- meanwhile, established weight limits, narrow paths, and low bridges pose additional obstacles. At best, taking the wrong route may make you late. At worst, it could cause serious damage to your truck and cargo.
For trucking to remain a sustainable means of transport, proper roads are an absolute necessity. It is thanks to the established highway system that the trucking industry became such a strong, integral part of America’s infrastructure. Let’s take a look at how the trucking routes we depend on today came about, and what that’s meant for truckers over the years.