What types of trucks do trucking companies use?

By Howard Stihlman, Staff Writer
Article last updated on 1/8/2008

Class A CDL trucks are the traditional 18-wheeler semi tractor-trailers you see on the highways everyday. Even though there are thousands of trucking companies throughout the country, most carriers rely on one or two major tractor brands for their fleets. Mack, Freightliner, or Peterbilt tractors are used most often, although some companies use Volvo or Kenworth trucks as well. If you choose to attend CDL training, the models you will learn to drive on will be very similar to the truck you will begin driving once you are on your own.

Tractor trailers are much more technologically advanced today than they have been in the past. Today, many trucking companies have installed satellite systems such as Qualcomm in their trucks that allow drivers to use GPS navigation systems and in-cab email. A few of the major tractor manufacturers have also started making automatic transmissions for their machines, something that trucking companies have begun offering to new drivers. The best carriers take pride in their equipment and will offer the newest, best maintained trucks available to its drivers.

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