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The History of American Trucking [Part One]

CB radio has been used by truckers to ease their routes for decades by communicating with each other, providing entertainment and information and being part of the larger story of American trucking. In this article, we’ll begin to discuss the history of trucking in America and its impact.  

The first technological move for trucking began in 1910 with the internal combustion engine and by 1914, there were about 100,000 trucks in America. During these times however trucks were limited to urban areas as they had a top speed of 15 miles per hour. It was during the first World War that trucking technology began expanding rapidly with the diesel engine and new tires that allow higher speeds. In these times individual states began discussing weight limits on trucks and how to regulate them properly.  

In 1933, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) was born through discussions of fair competition codes from the New Deal. In 1935 Congress authorized the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) to regulate trucking, which in 1938 began limiting driving hours for both truck drivers and bus drivers.  

We hope you found this first part of the history of American trucking interesting and let you appreciate your radio system a little bit more! At CB Radio Supply, we are here for all your radio needs and offer a wide range of customer service! Our free domestic US shipping and hassle-free returns is our guarantee you’ll be satisfied with your choices. Give us a call to speak with our expert staff today!  

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