Donations from truck drivers and area businesses are making Christmas merry for families in need.
If you got it, most likely a truck brought it. Again. The latest Commodity Flow Survey from the federal government — a twice-a-decade undertaking — reiterates what most of us already know: that trucking moves America.
Old Dominion has been trucking freight across the Southeast for more than 75 years, but this spring the company played a role in driving a new deal to bring more jobs and space-age technology to Asheville.
More than 70 percent of both the value and the weight of the freight moved in the 2012 calendar year trekked via truck, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, who released its annual Commodity Flow Survey results this week.
In some ways, the truck of the future is here today. What would a truck driver from decades ago think if he were suddenly transported from his own time into one of today’s state-of-the-art rigs?
Smooth, quiet rides. Automated transmissions. A voice giving turn-by-turn directions through in-cab speakers. Systems that warn if he’s wandered out of his lane or to slow down if he’s in danger of hitting the vehicle ahead. Tires that inflate themselves up automatically. The list goes on and on.