Freight traffic on the highways is at an all-time high, with 15 million commercial trucks transporting 70 percent of goods each year.
The song that begins with, "Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother's house we go," doesn't end with, "But we never arrived because Dad fell asleep at the wheel." However, this doesn't mean that you and other Missouri residents should discount the hazards of drowsy driving when you are preparing to visit family during the holidays, or at any other time.
You probably see 18-wheelers almost every day as you commute or go about your life, and it is normal if they strike a bit of fear into your heart. These trucks are quite huge compared with your passenger vehicle. The fact is that the men and women steering large trucks do not have an easy job. The work they do can put them at higher risk for fatigue, for example, and truck driver fatigue can unfortunately lead to serious crashes.
With auto accidents involving only passenger vehicles, it is usually one of the drivers who caused the collision. Other factors, such as a jaywalking pedestrian or debris on the road, may also contribute to the crash.
Missouri truck drivers may benefit from autonomous trucks, and experts say that the introduction of these trucks will not lead to job loss. Trucks will still need to have drivers in the cabs. However, a number of hurdles must be cleared before autonomous trucks are fully integrated into the industry. These hurdles are mainly related to regulations and infrastructure. According to the American Transportation Research Institute, some of these infrastructure upgrades include instruments for highway-to-vehicle communication, better signage and smoother highways, and these improvements are beyond the reach of the private sector. Other concerns include coordinating state and local laws, cyber security, and maintenance issues.