On The Road: The 5 Most Useful Trucker Communication Options
Trucker communication has come a long way in the past couple decades. Now long haul and local drivers alike have a multitude of ways to contact their home offices and other truckers. Any modern trucker should understand the available technologies and how to use. Trucking companies should also be aware of the latest communication devices and how truckers current prefer to receive instruction, pass along information, and exchange greetings. Here is a list of the most useful options for truckers, from the tried-and-true methods to the latest in onboard navigation.
1. CB Radio:
CB or Citizen’s Band radio has been one of the most popular options for truckers traditionally, and remains very common throughout the continent. It is quick, very easy to understand, and can be used for a variety of both personal and business without training or certification. These days, the traditional CB radio is starting to see quite a few augments, such as weather channels and even Bluetooth capabilities. However, use is still falling in favor of more recent technologies. Those who do use CB radio often communicate on freeband channels located a bit above CB channels, using HAM space to find others on the waves and moving back down to CB range to talk.
2. Cellular Access:
Who doesn’t have a cell phone these days? Truckers certainly have them, and they have become the best way to reach friends and family who truckers already know and have numbers for. Of course, for long-haul truckers national coverage is typically necessary, but this is frequently a given with modern cell plans. More forward-thinking truck companies give their employees business cell phones to help improve communication with home offices and nearby bases.
3. Onboard Modules:
Onboard truck modules have also evolved over time. Modern versions include a broad variety of communication tools, including two-way radios for business communication and internal cell access that does not require the use of a separate phone. The latest onboard modules even include data capabilities to send or receive emails – include personal email channels for family and business channels for new load assignments and delivery instructions.
While 3G has become 4G and many truckers have access to basic data on their smartphones, Wi-Fi remains very popular for truckers who can get service. Many haul along their laptops or tablets and use them at stops where Wi-Fi is guaranteed with a free guest network. This option may not offer constant communication on the road, but it is a reliable and versatile service for downtime.
Satellite communication services may seem like overkill for a truck company, but they are not. Satellite communication options are often included as an onboard option for long-haul truckers that pass through rural or wild country where cell phone services are not available. Even in more populous areas, satellite services can provide handy GPS and tracking abilities, a major boon for trucking companies that want to keep track of their freight.
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