Highway Devolution is Taking a Toll on Trucks

Freightliner Trucks
On-Highway Newsletter
Funding of highway and public transportation system maintenance has shifted from the federal government to the states, causing a “devolution” of U.S. highways. As a result, necessary bridge and highway maintenance projects are delayed, state governments are making cuts to cover maintenance and new road projects, and state and local governments are implementing more tolls to help fund these projects.

Overdrive, a trucking publication from Randall Reilly, recently conducted a survey to find out how these changes are affecting the trucking industry. Of respondents, 38.62% said that the poor condition of some roadways is increasingly taking a toll on their equipment. Now more than ever, it is important to invest in high-quality trucks that can withstand the elements, reduce maintenance, and prevent driver fatigue.

Here are some of the features that the new Freightliner Cascadia offers as benefits to companies and drivers:

Investing in high-quality, ergonomically friendly cabs has both long- and short-term benefits for fleet managers and owner-operators. In the long term, trucks are better able to withstand wear and tear, require less maintenance, and driver health is preserved by preventing back pain and general fatigue. In the short term, driver comfort leads to improved productivity and safety.

Are poor road conditions taking a toll on your trucks? Freightliner trucks are manufactured with robotics and automated systems for precise builds, and are tested with industry-leading quality control. Learn more about the new Freightliner Cascadia®.