Trucking, from Inception to Today
One of the primary purposes of automotive vehicles is to move materials, particularly those that are heavy, cumbersome, or dangerous, from on point to another. In the early history of automotives, primitive and premature towing companies in the 1910’s used pieces of metal and chain hastily attached to conventional passenger vehicles to serve as hauling or pulling vehicles, the first being Ernest Holmes, attaching multiple poles, a pulley, and chain to the frame of his 1913 Cadillac to retrieve a car out of a ditch. Holmes went on to build the first commercial tow truck model, developing a complete category of automobile: one to serve the industrial needs of blue collar and manual labor workers. Indah cargo semarang
Trucks today now range from smaller pickup trucks, which are widely commercially available from many companies built all over the world, to larger semi trucks, able to haul goods and materials across the longest stretches of highways and roads. In the past 50 years, trucks have represented hard work and dedication, as many of these vehicles endure long trips or arduous jobs, including hauling caustic chemicals, large logs of wood, and consumer goods, towing broken down vehicles, or transporting large excavators and other construction equipment. As a result, trucks can easily encounter a large amount of wear and tear that would not only cause superficial cosmetic damage, but also endanger the driver, the commodities, or any bystanders around the truck route. For example, the Federal Highway Administration in the U.S. estimates that American semi trucks can travel close to 100,000 miles per year, putting stress on the truck, especially later on in the trucking season.
As a result, safety is a huge concern for truckers and truck manufacturers alike. Many technologies have been developed since the initial conception of the truck, such as better lighting systems, advanced computer systems, or even things as simple as dual-rimmed tires or mud flaps. All of these innovations help trucks become safer, more efficient, and better fit for 21st century industry. Today’s truck has evolved greatly from the first one built by Holmes, with much more innovation, but the theme of the truck has stayed the same: simply put, to get things done.