Trucking Industry

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Trucking by Warren Fleming

A Research Project Proposal Submitted in Partial fulfillment of the Requirements of
Completion of LMGT 1321
Materials Handling

Lone Star College
Cy-Fair Campus
Houston, TX
June 2015

Almost every industry in today’s economy relies on large tractor trailers to deliver their goods and materials across our country’s roadways. You cannot travel anywhere these days without seeing a multitude of trucks that are hauling all sorts of commodities from one place to the next. The men and women that operate these trucks, leave their families sometimes for days or weeks at a time to keep up with the supply of products that you and I depend on every day. In recent years there have been many regulatory changes due to concerns over both safety, and the environmental influence. These transformations have been at the forefront of a number of technological advancements in the trucking industry.
Before the trucking industry goods were transported across the United States by the rail road system. The trucking industry grew to a transportation industry leader after “[c]ongress provided funds to build the Interstate Highway System, an extensive network of highways and freeways that linked major cities across the continent” (Trucking Industry in the United States). These highways have benefited the trucking industry in several different ways. For example these multi-lane highways have no intersections that require a driver to stop therefore, traffic can flow freely, at higher speeds, and without interruption. The interstate highway system also avoided going directly through smaller towns when possible, instead heavy traffic would typically be routed around them. This aided the movement of materials due to the fact that trucks could keep their speeds up which reduced transit times and fuel consumption. It was also more convenient…...

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