The Internet has certainly changed the way we look at the world. It has also changed the way we communicate with others. Before the Internet, (snail) mail, telephone and face-to-face were the main means of communication. Sure, businesses could communicate with us through radio, television and through print media, however, that was only one-way communication. The online world has introduced us to websites such as Facebook and Twitter, however, there is much much more to the Internet than those two channels, and truck drivers can certainly make use of what the Internet has to offer.
To begin with, those looking to undertake truck driver training can do so in part over the Internet. Yes, you can study to become a truck driver in your home, at your computer. You will still need to attend a truck driving school to get actual hands-on training, however, the theoretical side of your training can certainly be done online.
Many employers now have dedicated portals that truck drivers can access, either to register for employment, check their schedules, or to communicate with their employer. We have our own dedicated jobs website. You can access this website to check for any job listings, or to gain more information on jobs that have been listed.
One of the first uses of the Internet was for meeting others with a similar interest through forums – and there are hundreds of truck driver forums available to truck drivers. Forums are a great place to meet other drivers, get the latest gossip about employers (and job vacancies), and to gain help when stuck with a particular problem. You can also meet other drivers to just socialize.
The forgotten area of the Internet is its value in bringing families closer together. You could be a thousand miles from home, yet you could be in the same room as your family. Programs like Skype allow users to talk to each other and it includes live video feeds from both ends, and you’re not restricted to just two people – you can add people from all over the world to your ‘family meeting’. For truck drivers, the world wide web has made life much easier, much more interesting, and accessible to all.